NBA Sittings... err... Standings: Warriors Edition

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NBA Sittings... err... Standings: Warriors Edition

And now, a modest proposal, made for the good of all mankind.Well, for the good of all Warrior fans, who frankly could use all the ease of handling they can get after 35 years of this.Youve seen the same standings year after year you have to wade through a veritable phone book pages worth of cities and nicknames before you get to yours, that mythical world called Golden State which has been devalued over time to be more of a Zinc Hamlet.And you get depressed. And then you get angry. And then you boo rich people whose only crime is jumping in front of the parade and promising better days ahead.Well, given the new season, and given the draft imperatives in finishing not as high as possible, but as low as possible, we offer todays NBA Standings, Warriors Style.TEAM WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE GAMES BACK CHARLOTTE 7 43 0.140
WASHINGTON 12 40 0.231 4 NEW ORLEANS 13 40 0.245 4.5 TORONTO 18 35 0.340 9.5 CLEVELAND 17 33 0.340 10 SACRAMENTO 18 34 0.346 10 NEW JERSEY 19 35 0.352 10 DETROIT 19 33 0.365 11 GOLDEN STATE 20 31 0.392 12.5This tells us two things. One, if this was its own conference and this was a playoff race, the Warriors would still be out. And two, you now have to be very interested in Sacramento Kings games.You also have to start paying a lot more attention to New Jersey and Cleveland games, and this will be difficult for Warrior fans who havent had to pay attention to other teams games for years now.But to retain the pick that gets the improved ping pong balls for the draft that may or may not produce the Warrior around which the future can be built, they are still 2 games short of where they need to be, face-first wise.Thus, we will try to provide frequent updates on what shouldnt be call the standings, but the sittings. The Warriors may not be much to look at, and they have sold hope so much that hope looks and smells a lot more like delusional despair, but its all in how you look at it.Besides, with this handy tool, you dont have to read the paper in the morning while standing on your head. I mean, unless youre in Cirque du Soleil, that is far more labor intensive than you, the customer, should have to endure.And remember, the Warriors arent tanking. Theyre just backing up artfully.Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com

Steve Kerr named Western Conference Coach of the Month

Steve Kerr named Western Conference Coach of the Month

Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr has been named NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month for games played in October/November, the league announced today.

Kerr led the Warriors to a league-best 16-2 (.889) record during the season’s opening month, including an NBA-best 12-game win streak.

During the month, Golden State led the league in scoring (117.6 points per game), assists (31.1), field goal percentage (.502) and point differential (+12.7) while posting a 9-1 mark away from home. The Warriors compiled a streak of 10 consecutive games with at least 30 assists, tied for the second-longest 30-assist streak in NBA history, and set a franchise record with 47 helpers in a 43-point win over the Lakers on November 23.

With a win at Boston on November 18, Kerr earned his 150th career regular-season coaching victory, becoming the fastest coach to reach 150 regular-season wins in NBA history by doing so in his 176th game, besting the mark previously set by Avery Johnson (191 games). Golden State’s 12-game win streak tied for the third-longest streak in franchise history, the top four of which have all come during Kerr’s tenure in the last three seasons (28, 16, 12, 12).

The award is the fourth career Coach of the Month honor for Kerr, which equals the amount of monthly honors won by all other coaches in Warriors history since the NBA began giving out the award in 1982-83. Kerr has previously won the award in January 2015, March 2015 and March 2016, giving him at least one monthly accolade in each of his three seasons at the helm. In the opening month last season, Luke Walton won the award as the Warriors Interim Head Coach while Kerr was on a leave of absence.

Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue earned Coach of the Month honors in the Eastern Conference.

Golden State Warriors media services
 

Rewind: Warriors commit sin in Kerr's offense, fail to close out Rockets

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Rewind: Warriors commit sin in Kerr's offense, fail to close out Rockets

OAKLAND – The Warriors, possessors of the NBA’s best offense, never really found their rhythm Thursday night against one of the league’s softest defenses, and the disappointment was not limited to seeing the end of a winning streak.

No, the Warriors didn’t much like what they put on the floor in a 132-127 double-overtime loss to Houston. They engaged in a bit of self-flagellation and, quite frankly, they deserved it.

“All in all, it was our execution,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We weren’t moving and cutting like we normally do. I just felt like our ball movement went away and as a result we just kind of fell into their switching and kind of went one-on-one and took difficult shots. We have to do better with that.”

Which may be why Draymond Green, in a scorching dissection of the Warriors’ performance, spared no one.

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“We didn’t shoot well, and a part of that not shooting well was we were just standing there,” he began. “And it turned into the Steph Curry Show, the Kevin Durant Show. And that’s not who we are. We move the ball – and then it turns into the Steph Curry Show, and then it turns into the Kevin Durant Show. And they’re getting great shots.

“It’s not their fault that I was standing at the top of the key, and the other guys were standing on the weak side watching them play. I would do what they were doing, too, if everybody else is just standing there watching. That falls on us. We were over there watching.”

No aspect was more maddening for the Warriors than the two overtimes, during which they shot 25 percent (5-of-20) – including an utterly galling 9.1 percent in the second and decisive five-minute period.

They failed to get a field goal before Curry fouled out with 3:25 left, and got only one as he watched from the bench. Houston focused on Durant, whose efforts to carry the Warriors were in vain, as he was 0-of-4 in the second OT.

“Our offense wasn’t moving,” Green said. “(Durant) took all tough shots, and it wasn’t his fault. Everybody else stood and watched him play. I don’t think he was necessarily tired. I think every shot he took in overtime was contested, because we were all standing there.”

That’s a sin in Kerr’s offense, which relies on movement by the players and the ball. Instead, the offense seemed to deflate. Joining Green and Durant on the floor for most of the finish were Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

They managed four points in five minutes, with Green accounting for all four.

Truthfully, though, the Warriors were sagging all night. Though Durant started well enough, making 8-of-14 through three quarters (he was 4-of-14 from the fourth quarter on), he got little help. Thompson was 4-of-20. Curry was 9-of-22.

“We didn’t move the ball very well and we didn’t execute down the stretch,” Kerr explained.

Houston was superior almost across the board, from shooting percentage to rebounding and from points in the paint to second-chance points, which is why they led for the vast majority of the game.

James Harden was fabulous on offense, pretty much orchestrating the action en route to a triple double (29 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists). Ryan Anderson scored 29 points.

The Rockets were particularly effective grabbing offensive rebounds and turning them into points.

“We have to do a better job, come in and grab rebounds,” said Durant, who pulled 13. “If we had grabbed a couple of more, we would have won this game, but life has to move on.”

With Durant scoring 39 points and Green (20 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists) trying to will them to victory, the Warriors hung around. But when Curry and Thompson combine for 13-of-42 shooting, 7-of-26 beyond the arc, the Warriors usually are in trouble.

“We had our moments especially in the first overtime,” Kerr said. “We had a real cushion. I think we were up four (119-115, 4:11 left) and I thought we let it slip away at that point when we had every opportunity to finish them off.”

The Warriors instead were outscored 17-8 over the final nine minutes of action. That has to hurt when you’re rich in offensive talent, in a system designed to ring up points. All too often on this night, the Warriors seemed to forget about that.