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

Instant Replay: Warriors torch Blazers, complete first-round sweep

Instant Replay: Warriors torch Blazers, complete first-round sweep

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PORTLAND -- Never allowing the Trail Blazers to find an offensive rhythm, the Warriors rolled to a 128-103 Game 4 triumph Monday night, completing a sweep of the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

The Warriors advance to the conference semifinals and will face the winner of the Jazz-Clippers series currently tied at two games apiece.

All five Warriors starters scored in double figures, with Stephen Curry scoring 37 points to lead the way. Draymond Green totaled 21, Klay Thompson 18 and Zaza Pachulia 11. David West scored 12 points off the bench.

Kevin Durant -- making his first appearance since Game 1 -- started and added 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 20 minutes of action.

The Warriors rode white-hot shooting from deep, making 17-of-29 (58.6 percent).

The Warriors silenced the Moda Center crowd early, outshooting Portland 62.5 percent to 29.6 percent in the first quarter before going on to finish with a 53.5-percent to 38.8-percent advantage for the game.

Damian Lillard scored 34 points to lead the Trail Blazers, who were ousted from the playoffs by the Warriors for the second consecutive year.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Curry, who struggled with his shot for the majority of the series, continued the hot streak he began in the fourth quarter of Game 1.

Curry’s line: 37 points (12-of-20 shooting from the field, including 7-of-11 from beyond the arc, 6-of-7 from the line), eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-29 for the game.

Curry moved into a tie with Robert Horry for ninth place on the all-time list of 3-pointers in the postseason with 261.

TURNING POINT:
The Warriors took control immediately, going up 14-0 with 8:40 left in the first quarter and pushing it to 35-9 with 4:11 left in the quarter. They led by as much as 28 in the first half.

Portland got no closer than 18 in the second quarter, and no closer than 23 after intermission.

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

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

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors now await the winner of the Clippers-Jazz first-round series. Game 1 date TBD, either April 30 or May 2.

 

Prior to Game 4, Blazers send well wishes to Steve Kerr

Prior to Game 4, Blazers send well wishes to Steve Kerr

Even in the midst of a contentious playoff series, the Blazers took a moment to send their regards to ailing Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

A little over 30 minutes before tip-off of Game 4 in Portland, the Blazers tweeted out a photo of Kerr from his days as Blazer with the message "Get well soon, Coach!"

Kerr, who played for six teams during his 15-year NBA career, spent the 2001-02 season in Portland.

On Sunday, Kerr announced that he would be stepping away from coaching after sympthoms from his back surgeries resurfaced. Assistant coach Mike Brown, who coached the Warriors in Game 3, will serve as interim coach.