Is it time to bring Klay Thompson off the bench?


Is it time to bring Klay Thompson off the bench?

All right, maybe its time to say it. Is it time to thinkabout replacing Klay Thompson in the starting lineup with JarrettJack?Starting Jack would mean that Stephen Curry, coming off a 31-point,nine-assist breakout game in a win over Dallas, would slide over to shootingguard.RECAP: Warriors top Mavs in OT
The move might raise some eyebrows because the Warriors havemade no secret they believe Thompson is the shooting guard of thefuture.But Thompson is mired in an awful shooting slump (some couldargue season-long), and worse, he has made some very unsound plays late ingames recently.Over the past six games, Thompson is just 26-for-89 from thefield (29.2 percent), including 11-for-43 (25.5 percent) from 3-point range.For the season, Thompson is shooting 33 percent from the field and hasnt madehalf his shots in a game all season.Worse than Thompsons shooting has been hisdecision-making.The first time Thompson made some questionable plays downthe stretch, they led to a demoralizing double-overtime loss against Denver. OnMonday against Dallas, Thompson took a really bad shot at the wrong time, andit very well could have cost the Warriors the game.At the end of regulation against the Mavericks, Thompsontook a 3-pointers with the game tied and 20 seconds remaining on the game clock and the shot clock not a factor.Thompson missed the shot, completing his 2-for-14 shootingnight, and, fortunately for the Warriors, the Mavericks failed to score on thefinal possession in regulation.In the Warriors 107-101 double-overtime loss to the Nuggetson Nov. 10, Thompson not only missed two free throws in overtime which couldhave sealed the game, he then failed to foul Danilo Gallinari on the ensuingpossession despite being instructed to do so.RELATED: Warriors fall to Nuggets in 2OTIn the second overtime of that game, Thompson took anill-advised 3-pointer from the corner, with one-and-a-half minutes remaining,the Warriors up four, and 15 seconds on the shot clock.REWIND: Thompson talks about forgettable game
Warriors coach Mark Jackson has made point of emphasizingthat he wants Thompson to remain aggressive with his jumper and that hebelieves Thompson is playing well on the defensive end.But that wasnt the case on Monday night in Dallas, whenO.J. Mayo, whom Thompson was guarding, had all nine of the Mavericks points inovertime.Jackson has shown steadfast faith in Thompson so far thisyear, playing him 34 minutes per game and going with him most of the time incrunch time. Question is, is it time to start pulling back Thompsons minutesand bringing him off the bench?

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

OAKLAND -- Though much has been said about the agonies and challenges facing Steve Kerr, including speculation about when, or if, he’ll return as head coach of the Warriors, little has been put into words that capture the significance of his absence.

This is perhaps because it can be difficult to explain how one man is able to influence a roster of supremely talented athletes, at the wealthiest point of life, with wildly divergent personalities, at different career stages.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, a man who knows perspective as well as anyone in the NBA, took a moment Saturday to cut through the palaver and pity to offer a clear and vivid illustration of Kerr’s value as a man and as a coach.

“It’s just his presence, his personality,” Livingston began. “His character, the way he fits in with us. He’s kind of the battery pack, in the sense that he makes everybody go. He keeps us all (in harmony), everybody from staff, training staff, coaching staff to the players.

“He bridges the gaps, in the sense of communication, and he makes it light.”

In short, Kerr’s value to the franchise is far greater than his duties as a coach. He has an easy, breezy charisma insofar as he’s so comfortable submerging his own ego while being remarkably good at making everyone matter.

Moreover, Kerr is decidedly inclusive, explicitly emphatically open to ideas. He’s an outreach specialist whose sensibilities are contagious.

All of which helps create a sprightly and genial workplace, something the Warriors sought when they hired Kerr to replace the swaggering and dogmatic Mark Jackson in May 2014.

“Every day it’s something new, in a sense, and that’s hard to do,” Livingston said. “We’re here for six to nine months for the past couple years, seeing the same faces. So it is kind of like a job. But (Kerr) makes it more like a game and tries to make sure we’re enjoying ourselves out there.”

Kerr wants to live his life and coach basketball around four basic tenets: joy, mindfulness, compassion and competition. Maintaining a balance of the four can be difficult, especially when Kerr is dealing with the searing pain that has him on the sideline for an indefinite period.

But Kerr never strays far. His players seem to see and, more important, feel that.

Draymond Green and Kerr, each volatile in his own way, don’t always see eye-to-eye. Yet Green on several occasions has noted that Kerr “always seems to find the right thing to say, at the right time.”

Veteran David West points out that anyone who spends any time around Kerr can sense his basic humanity. Veteran Andre Iguodala, one of the team’s co-captains, speaks of Kerr’s curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons.

Stephen Curry, the other co-captain, kept the ball from the Warriors’ Game 4 win over Portland last Monday night, punctuating a series sweep, and gave it to Kerr, who missed Games 3 and 4 while coping with this prolonged post-surgery pain.

Lead assistant Mike Brown, the acting head coach in Kerr’s absence, concedes he has benefited from being around Kerr and this team.

“The tone he sets is the best I’ve been around,” said Brown, who has been involved in the NBA since 1992. “This is a special, special situation, and he’s big reason why.”

So it’s not just Livingston who throwing rose petals at the boss. He just happened to convey in a few words the effect Kerr has on the team and within the building.

“He’s our leader,” Livingston said. “He’s somebody that we count on.”

Warriors update health status of Livingston, Barnes

Warriors update health status of Livingston, Barnes

OAKLAND -- One day after every member of the Warriors participated in a full scrimmage, the official health updates were released.

Veteran forward Matt Barnes, out since April 8, is listed as probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that begin Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out since sustaining a finger/hand injury in Game 1 of the first-round series against Portland on April 16, is listed as questionable -- but with an asterisk.

“Hopefully, we’ll be ready for Tuesday,” Livingston said after a light workout Saturday.

Livingston informed earlier this week that he would have been available, hypothetically, if the Warriors were facing a Game 7.

As for Kevin Durant, who missed five weeks with a knee injury before returning April 8, only to sustain a calf strain in Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, he’s fully available.