Myers clarifies remarks about Jackson, Warriors

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Myers clarifies remarks about Jackson, Warriors

Warriors general manager BobMyers knew right away that what he had said didnt quite come out right. Myerswas asked a couple of weeks back what he thought of the Warriors offseason andhow the team might fare heading into 2012-13.Myers answered by saying thathe thought the Warriors had upgraded their talent level considerably, and thathe shared as much with coach Mark Jackson in a phone conversation a couple ofdays before.Myers said he told JacksonYouve got something to work with, and that it was up to (the coachingstaff) to go forward with this group. Myers went further and said: I dontknow what your guys opinions are, but I dont think its unfair to ask to goforward and do well with this group of players.REWIND: Myers has one mandate for Mark Jackson
On the surface, what Myerssaid wasnt a big deal nothing more than a GM talking optimistically abouthis team in the offseason, and throwing in there that the coaching staff nowhad better players to deal with.But his comments blew up alittle bit, and many interpreted them to mean: If the Warriors dont make theplayoffs, Jackson will get fired.Of course, thats not exactlywhat Myers said. Then again, Myers knew that what he said didnt quite soundright when he read it in print. So, he picked up the phone again and calledJackson.Yeah, I know. I agree, saidMyers, when told that it sounded like he was putting pressure on Jackson withthe statement. I called Mark afterward. Were all under pressure. When Icalled Mark, it was more about the way I said what I said. It was like We allhave something to work with now. We feel like we have a roster we can workwith. I feel like we do; you feel like we do.(Jackson) didnt take it inthe context of: You better make the playoffs. I know that. I told him itsbeing reported in this light. He said: Ive got no problem with that. I understand. He also said: I want to win and the thinking is, give me a rosterwhere I have some accountability rather than having a roster where nobodythinks we can compete.Myers and Jackson ended uphaving a laugh over the subject, but it does hammer home one theme with theWarriors: Expectations are already high for the start of next season. Andthats the silver lining that Myers has found in this whole littlemini-misunderstandingcontroversy.Otherwise, whats thealternative going into the season? Myers asked. That nobody, the fans, themedia, ourselves thinks we can compete. Thats the alternative. This is the bigleagues. Theres pressure every day to win. But we feel, collectively, that weretooled the roster in a way where we feel we can compete for the playoffs.Thats the best way for me to say it, and I think Mark is aligned with that andfeels the same way.

Instant Replay: Warriors score 50 in third, win 10th straight vs Clippers

Instant Replay: Warriors score 50 in third, win 10th straight vs Clippers

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- Shaken by a languid and sloppy first half, the Warriors woke up after halftime and laid a 123-113 pasting on the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 35 points, including 20 in the pivotal third quarter, while Kevin Durant fired in 25 points and Klay Thompson tossed in 18.

The Warriors (48-9) finished off a four-game season-series sweep of the Clippers, extending their win overall streak over LA to 10 in a row, dating back to Christmas Day 2014. They’ve won the last 11 games played in Oakland.

Shooting 73.9 percent, the Warriors scored 50 points in the third quarter -- the first 50-point quarter in the NBA since the Lakers scored 51 against the Knicks on March 25, 2014 -- to fuel their comeback. They trailed by as much as 16.

Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford each scored 19 points to lead the Clippers (35-22), whose win streak ended at four.

The game featured several boisterous moments reminiscent of Warriors-Clippers battles of a few years ago. Officials called four technical fouls, three on the Warriors and one on the Clippers.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Though Durant was the triggerman for the comeback, scoring 11 points in an 83-second stretch early in the third quarter, Curry did most of the heavy damage, annihilating the Clippers with his outburst.

Curry’s line: 35 points (10-of-16 shooting from the field, including 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, and 9-of-10 from the line), seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. He played 32 minutes and finished plus-26.

TURNING POINT

After a Rivers 3-pointer gave the Clippers a 66-54 lead with 9:24 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded by outscoring LA 45-21 over the remainder of the quarter and taking a 99-87 lead.

The Clippers got no closer than 10 in the fourth quarter, during which they trailed by as much as 23.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: C Zaza Pachulia (R rotator cuff strain) and C David West (L thumb fracture) were listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney were healthy inactives.

Clippers: G Chris Paul (L thumb ligament tear) and C Diamond Stone (L knee bone bruise) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Saturday night, when they face the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35.

Zaza returns to starting lineup, West available to play vs Clippers

Zaza returns to starting lineup, West available to play vs Clippers

OAKLAND -- For the first time in nearly four weeks, the Warriors will take the court Thursday night with their regular starting lineup.

Center Zaza Pachulia, out since Jan. 29 with a strained rotator cuff, was cleared to play and will return to his status as the starting center when the Warriors face the Clippers at Oracle Arena, coach Steve Kerr said in his pregame news conference.

Backup center David West, who has been out since Jan. 18 with a fractured thumb, also received clearance and will be available.

JaVale McGee, who performed well while starting eight games in place of Pachulia, will return to his normal role, playing spot minutes off the bench.

“I considered either way, but I think we had a good groove with Zaza as a starter,” Kerr said. “And JaVale was still making an impact when Zaza was starting, bringing him in midway through the first quarter. We hadn’t done it the other way.

“I’ve seen JaVale with our other group, later in the first quarter, and that worked well. So I figured I might as well go back to what’s already worked.”

While Pachulia was out, McGee averaged 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 16.5 minutes per game. Generating most of his offense on dunks off lobs, he is shooting 74.7 percent (71-of-95) over his last 22 games and 67.8 percent this season.

Pachulia, who has started 44 games, is averaging 5.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He is shooting 52.7 percent from the field.