Hornets-Warriors: What to watch for


Hornets-Warriors: What to watch for

The Warriors will enjoy one of those rare scheduling quirkson Wednesday night at Oracle, completing a back-to-back home set of games. TheWarriors lost to the Lakers in Oakland on Tuesday and will come right backagainst the New Orleans Hornets.The Warriors defeated the Hornets 101-92 one week ago in NewOrleans, a game in which Klay Thompson scored a career-high (at that time) 27points.Here are some things to watch for during theHornets-Warriors game:Will Gordon play?: Hornets shooting guardEric Gordon has played just two games this season because of a knee injury, buthe is expected back soon.Gordon is one of the better scoring two guards in theleague, and New Orleans has missed that offensive punch this season. Gordonisnt expected to play on Wednesday night at Oracle, but Hornets coach MontyWilliams said its not outside the realm of possibility.I dont want to lead you on to think that if (Gordon) has agood practice (on Tuesday) hell play against Golden State, Williams said.But if he does have a good practice and hes feeling good, you neverknow.If Gordon does play, Thompsons defensive assignment justgot a lot tougher. Without Gordon, the Hornets have been starting Jarrett Jackand Marco Belinelli in the backcourt.Take care of the ball: In the Warriors104-101 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night, they committed just fiveturnovers, and not coincidentally, they were the ballgame. That total equaled afranchise-low, and it has kept to a theme this season for GoldenState.When they dont turn the ball over, theyre a significantlytougher team to beat than when they do.Nate Robinson has missed the past two games with a strainedright hamstring, but he could return. In the nine games leading up toRobinsons injury, he had handed out 52 assists and committed just eightturnovers.That ratio has gone a long way toward the Warriors beingmore efficient on offense.Kamans status: Hornets center ChrisKaman missed Mondays game against the Clippers because of illness. His statusfor Wednesdays game against the Warriors is uncertain.If Kaman plays, he gives the Hornets a legitimateback-to-the-basket center, and he would likely be guarded by rookie JeremyTyler. Kaman is more skilled than Tyler, but Tyler has more athleticism andyouth.

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

While head coach Steve Kerr was unable to make Saturday's Game 3 due to an illness, the Warriors went out and took a 3-0 series lead over the Blazers. 

After the game, Steph Curry dedicated the win to Kerr by keeping the game ball for him. 

"Our coach is going through a lot right now physically and he told us this morning this is a situation where we need to rally and go out and win a game for him, but we felt like that," Curry said after the Warriors' 119-113 win. "The way that game had gone on we had to fight and do it for him. 

"The way that he said it was we had to win one for The Gipper, so shout out to coach Kerr." 

Curry led the Warriors with 34 points in Saturday's win. 

Instant Replay: Warriors battle Blazers, take commanding 3-0 series lead

Instant Replay: Warriors battle Blazers, take commanding 3-0 series lead


PORTLAND -- Head coach Steve Kerr didn’t show and All-Star forward Kevin Durant didn’t play.

Neither did Shaun Livingston or Matt Barnes.

No matter. Trailing by as much as 17 before a surging Trail Blazers team and a thunderous sellout crowd at Moda Center, the Warriors found their way to a 119-113 victory in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Saturday night.

The Warriors can close out the series with a win in Game 4 here on Monday night.

With assistant coach Mike Brown serving as acting head coach in the absence of an ill Kerr, five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry’s 34 points. Klay Thompson put in 24, Andre Iguodala 16, JaVale McGee 14 and Pat McCaw 11.

The Warriors overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit and a 52-42 rebounding disadvantage with a single, searing stretch of defense in the third quarter, when they limited Portland to 30.4-percent shooting.

Guards CJ McCollum, who totaled 32 points, and Damian Lillard, who posted 31, led the Trail Blazers.


As crucial to the comeback as was the offensive reemergence of Curry and Thompson, nobody did more good things over different portions of the game than did McGee.

McGee’s line: 14 points (6-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from the line), four rebounds and one steal. He played 16 minutes and finished a game-high plus-24.


Trailing 82-66 after a Lillard finger roll with 6:20 left in the third quarter, the Warriors rumbled back with a 19-1 run, taking an 85-83 lead when McGee slammed through a lob with 2:01 left in the quarter.

The Warriors during that stretch held Portland to 0-of-8 shooting, with three turnovers.


Warriors: F Matt Barnes (R foot/ankle bone bruise), F Kevin Durant (L calf strain) and G Shaun Livingston (R index finger sprain and hand contusion) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out. F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) is listed as out.

Blazers: G Allen Crabbe (L foot soreness) and G CJ McCollum (R ankle sprain) were listed as probable and upgraded to available. C Jusuf Nurkic (L leg fracture) was listed as doubtful and upgraded to available. C Ed Davis (L shoulder surgery) and C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) were listed as out.


The teams reconvene Monday night at Moda Center for Game 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.