Instant Replay: Lakers 118, Warriors 115 (OT)

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Instant Replay: Lakers 118, Warriors 115 (OT)

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ORACLE ARENA – So much has changed, yet so little has changed.

As the Warriors continue to chase that elusive “for real” tag, a win against the Los Angeles Lakers could have acted as a marker of sorts in the evolution of the team.

But Kobe Bryant can be too persistent.

Bryant scored 34 points on 41 shots as the visiting Lakers snatched a 118-115 overtime victory against the Warriors on Saturday night.

“We are very disappointed, but we can’t get too low,” said Stephen Curry, who finished with 20 points in the loss. “We’ve been playing some great basketball in the first part of the season.”

This time around, it was supposed to be different. The Los Angeles Lakers were drowning; the Golden State Warriors were surging.

It appeared that the power shift was moving north to Oakland, but despite holding a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter, the Lakers hit too many big shots down the stretch and the Warriors couldn’t hold on in the extra time.

It was the first time the Warriors lost after leading heading into the fourth quarter.

The stabilizing force was Jarrett Jack, whose 29 points off the bench included a number of clutch shots throughout the night. After the game, it was the veteran Jack who was talking to young players, such Festus Ezeli and Curry, sharing the need to not dwell on losses.

“The NBA is a bunch of ups and downs,” said Jack, who was 13-for-19 on the night. “It’s about peaks and valleys and you just try to stay as straight-and-narrow as you can, put it behind you and move forward.”

Obviously, Bryant has never been a timid shooter in his all-time great career. Bryant went into video game mode on Saturday night, connecting on 16-for-41 shots for his 34 points. He also added 10 rebounds and five assists.

“When a guy puts up 41 shots, he is going to make some of them,” Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes said. “You can play the best defense possible but he’s going to hit tough shots. You’ve just got to live with that.”

Running through the final minutes of the fourth quarter is like attempting to transcribe a boxing match. Each team did it’s best to deliver a knockout punch, only to watch the other continue to stand and punch back.

After trailing by as many as 14 points, Jodie Meeks hit a three-pointer to give the Lakers a 98-97 lead. The teams traded baskets and the Warriors held a one-point lead until Metta World Peace's three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining gave the Lakers a 108-106 advantage. Jack answered with a 19-footer to tie the game at 108-108 before Bryant missed to end regulation.

The Lakers took control in overtime as Bryant scored six OT points to put the game out of reach for Golden State. Steve Nash hit big buckets late in the game in his return, and had 12 points and nine assists in 40 minutes.

The Warriors held the lead early and went on a 14-0 run during a three-minute span late in the first half and led 61-49 with 1:13 remaining in the second quarter.

The Warriors led 61-53 at halftime, powered by Jack’s 18 points on 8-for-11 in the first half. The Warriors turned the ball over 10 times in the first quarter but just once in the second quarter. The Warriors finished with 20 turnovers.

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Report: W's encouraged by KD's rehab, hopeful for regular season return

Report: W's encouraged by KD's rehab, hopeful for regular season return

When the Warriors announced the severity of Kevin Durant's knee injury, they did not rule out a return before the end of the regular season.

And based on the progress of his rehab, the team is "hopeful" but "cautiously optimistic" that Durant will indeed play before the end of the regular season, according to ESPN.

The Warriors have 11 games remaining on their schedule and their final regular season game is April 12 against the Lakers.

On Tuesday, prior to the Warriors game against Dallas, Durant was seen working out on the court and putting up jump shots.

Just a day earlier, Durant worked up a good sweat while riding a stationary bike in Oklahoma City.

Durant is expected to be re-evaluated by the Warriors' medical staff next week.

After initially struggling without Durant, the Warriors have won five straight games. Durant sat on the bench for the road wins in Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Over the weekend, Warriors PG Stephen Curry and PF Draymond Green addressed Durant's recovery.

“You can tell he’s making improvements and following the game plan,” Curry told the media. “I see him in the weight room doing cardio stuff trying to stay as close to game shape as he can while he’s hurt. You like to see improvements every day. We still don’t know when he’ll be back.”

“When he’s ready, we’ll know,” Green told the media. “But it’s not really our job to try to figure out every day how he’s doing. You can kind of see he’s getting better and you just leave it at that.”

 

Adonal Foyle recalls brutal first talk with Don Nelson

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Adonal Foyle recalls brutal first talk with Don Nelson

SAN FRANCISCO -- He is among the greatest basketball coaches ever to walk a sideline. Creative and abrasive, accomplished yet unfulfilled, all wrapped in a 6-foot-7 package of Svengali.

Some say Don Nelson, who served two stints coaching the Warriors, was brutally honest, others insist needlessly cruel. There is little dispute, though, that “Nellie” could be as subjective as the sun is hot.

If you were one of “his guys,” you could do little wrong.

If you weren’t, you knew it early and you heard it often -- as former Warriors center Adonal Foyle, who was on the roster for 10 seasons, discovered in 2006.

“Don Nelson told me the first day he showed up at the gym: ‘You suck. You’ll never play for me. You make too much money.’ That was it,“ Foyle recalled Tuesday on the Warriors Insider Podcast.

“And he was having a cigar when he did it.”

Foyle, who returned to the Warriors in 2014 to serves as a Community Ambassador, clearly enjoyed his time with the “We Believe” Warriors, despite and because of the presence of Nelson. Foyle quickly learned about the two sides of Nellie.

Nelson had favorites. There was, in his first stint coaching the Warriors, Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway, to name two. In his second stint, there was Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson.

Yet the list of those who could not seem to escape Nelson’s doghouse may have been longer, including the likes of Terry Teagle, Tyrone Hill, Sarunas Marciulionis and, later, Al Harrington, Ike Diogu, Marco Belinelli. Nelson’s most famous object of disgust was, of course, Chris Webber.

Foyle, who logged 1,824 minutes before Nelson’s arrival in 2006, played only 475 minutes in 2006-07.

“I knew I wasn’t going to play, because he made it clear,” Foyle recalled. “So I could be pissed off. I could be angry.

“I’m just going to be there. I’m just going to do my job the best way I could for that year. And I’m just going to learn. And I’m just going to help our where I can. I’ll help my teammates out. I’ll do the job that I’m paid to do.”

Foyle, the team’s all-time leader in blocked shots (1,140), scored a total of 107 points that season. His 50 blocks ranked third on the team. His ratio of blocks, one every 9.5 minutes, led the team.

The Warriors staged a furious rally to close the season, ending a 13-year postseason drought by gaining the No. 8 seed. They pulled off an epic upset, stunning top-seeded Dallas in the first round.

The Utah Jazz in the second round eliminated the Warriors in five games, the last played on May 15.

Ninety days later, Nelson and the Warriors bought out Foyle’s contract. He spent his final two seasons in Orlando and Memphis.