Flat fourth spoils W's road trip in loss to Nets


Flat fourth spoils W's road trip in loss to Nets


The Warriors were in good shape much of the game, but things got away in the fourth period. The Nets outscored the Warriors 27-17 in the final period, sending Golden State home from its four-game road trip at 2-2.Nets 107, Warriors 100Star of the game: Nets point guard Deron Williams finished with 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.Key stretch: Midway through the fourth quarter, after the Warriors established a five-point lead, Williams made a couple of big plays. First, he knocked down a 3-pointer with 7:22 remaining to cut the Warriors lead to just two points. Then, Williams got fouled on a 3-point attempt on the next possession, and subsequently made three free throws to give the Nets the lead.
End of the third: A big sequence occurred at the end of the third quarter and it didnt go the Warriors way. They were up 83-77 with the ball, but Nate Robinson missed a 3-pointer with just under five seconds remaining. The Nets got the rebound and Anthony Morrow ended up knocking down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to not only cut the deficit to three points but also send the Nets into the final period with momentum.Disappointing loss, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. We had the game. Bottom line is if you dont close out quarters, close out possessions, they come back to bite you. They outworked us.Offense clicking: From an offensive standpoint, the Warriors were efficient and effective in the first half. They shot 52.5 percent from the field including 6-for-9 from 3-point range -- with six players scoring six points or more. And they had 15 assists to just three turnovers.However, it wasnt one of their better defensive efforts as the Nets shot 52 percent from the floor and they also outrebounded the Warriors 23-12. The Warriors went into halftime up 56-55.In the end, the game was largely determined on the glass, where the Nets had a 45-25 advantage.The bottom line is youve got to get the basketball, Jackson said. Kris Humphries (18 points, 15 rebounds) outworked us. Collectively, they wanted it more.Foul trouble for Lee: David Lee, who had scored 20 or more points in the past five Warriors games, was derailed somewhat by foul trouble on Wednesday. Lee picked up his fifth foul with 1:08 remaining in the third quarter, meaning coach Mark Jacksons gamble of keeping him on the floor with four fouls didnt pay off.Jackson used the same strategy in the first half after Lee picked up personal foul No. 3 early in the second quarter. Jackson kept Lee in the game and Lee played another five minutes without picking up another. Jackson then removed him midway through the period.Ellis A-OK: Monta Ellis showed no ill-effects from an elbow he took in the face from Clevelands Anderson Varejao on Tuesday except, that is, a puffy face. Ellis had 11 points and four assists in the first quarter and he attacked the rim fearlessly the entire game.By halftime, Ellis had 13 points, five assists and three steals.Rookie initiation: Warriors rookie Charles Jenkins had the unenviable assignment of defending All-Star point guard Deron Williams, and it didnt go well. Jenkins picked up three quick fouls in just seven minutes and had to give way to Nate Robinson midway through the first quarter.
On the road: The Warriors entered Wednesdays game having won two of three on this road trip, including two consecutive victories. The last time the Warriors had won three straight road games was back in 2007, when they defeated Cleveland, Denver and Houston in consecutive games.The last time the Warriors won three straight games on the same road trip was back in 2003.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.