Dirk leads Mavs over Lee, Warriors


Dirk leads Mavs over Lee, Warriors

Mavericks 112, Warriors 103Player of the game: Dirk Nowitzki scored a team-high 27 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Warriors at Oracle. Nowitzki went 10-for-23 from the floor, but made the big shots to stave off a Warriors rally in the fourth quarter.If you want to nit-pick Nowitzkis game, consider this: He had only one rebound.Halftime I was disappointed in our effort, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. It was our seventh game in 12 days. Physically I can understand we were drained but thats no excuse. For some reason we were a step behind on every play defensively.Thompsons night: Warriors rookie shooting guard Klay Thompson finished with 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. The assists and rebounds were career-highs.It was impressive, him crashing the boards, Jackson said. His size and athletic ability I thought he started out battling but his feet were in quicksand. But he bounced back and had a great all-around game.Key stretch: The Warriors, who had trailed by as many as 19 points, made a big-time second half run and pulled within 89-86 with nine minutes remaining.But Dallas promptly went on a 10-2 run to re-establish control, and wound up winning going away.Turnover issues: Sixteen turnovers may not seem like a lot and in the grand scheme of things might not be but it was too many on this night.It wasnt just the turnovers, its what they subsequently led to Dallas buckets. The Mavericks turned those miscues into 24 points for the game.Forward David Lee had five of those turnovers, continuing a recent trend of a touch of carelessness. Lee has 33 turnovers in his past eight games.Lee did lead the Warriors with 30 points and eight rebounds.Everybody is in: The Mavericks led the Warriors 63-49 at halftime and it was difficult to find a Dallas player who wasnt in on it. Ten Mavericks scored in the first half, and they were led by Dirk Nowtizki with 13 points.Rodrigue Beaubois added 11 first-half points.Wright on: Former Warrior Brandan Wright has a nice role with the Mavericks and he showed it off at Oracle.Wright entered Thursdays game averaging 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game. Wright played more minutes than that against the Warriors, and it was easy to see why.Wright played 14 first-half minutes and had 12 points and six rebounds in that time.Wright finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes.Bollywood night: The Warriors held their second annual Bollywood night on Thursday, a celebration of Indian culture and tradition. Warriors vice chairman Vivek Ranadive was responsible for putting evening together.Ranadive is the only Indian owner of an NBA team.

Kerr's message to Warriors fans who want more pick-and-roll for Curry

Kerr's message to Warriors fans who want more pick-and-roll for Curry

Are you one of the people who thinks the Warriors need to put Steph Curry in more pick-and-roll/ball screen situations? 

If you are, that's OK.

Steve Kerr -- when asked about Draymond Green's role this past season -- talked about how Golden State uses Curry.

"Before the season started, I told our staff that I thought Draymond was gonna have the biggest adjustment to make," Kerr said on the TK Show on Wednesday. "And he made it really easily. And I think a big part of that is the fact that he's a point-forward at his core offensively.

"He handles the ball and he's our leading assist guy. And all of a sudden he had another shooter and another weapon to work with. And I thought that was really important that we established early that Draymond was still gonna be an integral part of the offense.

"I was worried about that -- I thought because KD was gonna need the ball and Steph already had the ball -- I was worried that Draymond would be a little left out of the offense and that would affect his overall game and his defense.

"In fact, it's one of the things -- I think important for our fans to understand -- because one of the things I get all the time is, 'Why don't you just put Steph in a screen-and-roll every play? Why don't you give him the ball every play?' And I think what people who follow our team closely understand is that the number of playmakers we have on our team is what makes us who we are ... drive and kick and passing and moving -- it keeps everybody engaged."

For the third year in a row, the Warriors ranked nearly the bottom of the league in pick-and-rolls.

Yet, that didn't stop Golden State from posting the best offensive rating (113.2) in NBA history.

It's also important to remember that following the Warriors' loss to the Cavs on Christmas Day -- when Curry scored 15 points and took just 11 shots -- Kerr acknowledged that he needs to put Curry in a better position to succeed.

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"But for the people who say, 'Just give it to Steph every time and let him go,' well now you're alienating Draymond, you're alienating Andre, you're alienating Shaun. You're basically telling them to be spotup 3-point shooters," Kerr continued. "And now I think you're losing a lot emotionally from what makes the team tick, and you're taking away the energy that Draymond gets from being a playmaker and getting 8 or 10 assists.

"So that's the balance we always try to find with our group -- get everybody involved and energized."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Reports: Spurs shopping LaMarcus Aldridge

Reports: Spurs shopping LaMarcus Aldridge

It appears the LaMarcus Aldridge in San Antonio could be nearing its end.

The Spurs are reportedly talking to several teams about a potential trade, according to multiple reports.

In the summer of 2015, Aldridge signed a 4-year deal worth over $84 million.

He can opt out of his deal next summer.

The 5-time All-Star will turn 32 years old in July.

His 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season were his lowest totals since his rookie campaign.

In Games 2 through 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors, he averaged 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds and shot less than 39 percent from the field.

Aldridge's former team -- the Portland Trail Blazers -- would be interested in acquiring Aldridge, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller