Phantom kick ball dooms W's in loss to Pacers


Phantom kick ball dooms W's in loss to Pacers


Pacers 94, Warriors 91

Key play: With the score tied at 91-91, and the game clock winding down, Monta Ellis started to go one-on-one against George Hill. Ellis tried to cross Hill over but the ball hit Hills foot and came loose.Hill grabbed the loose ball and headed the other way for a layup. He got there, scored the bucket and got fouled by Stephen Curry with 1.8 seconds remaining. Hill knocked down the free throw for the games final margin.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson said afterward that the refs missed the call, feeling Hills kick was intentional, but that seemed impossible to tell even with replay.Said Jackson: We flattened it out and looked for him (Ellis) to make a play and he had it going. In that situation you have an option to call timeout or not I had the ball in my best scorers hands and I felt good about it.Said Pacers coach Frank Vogel on the games critical play: I thought he got his hand on it and stripped him on the crossover. I thought he had the right hand on it. I could be wrong.The Warriors did have one final chance to tie and Stephen Curry got a great look at a 3-point attempt. But it missed.

Curry returns: Point guard Stephen Curry returned to the Warriors lineup after missing eight games because of a sprained right ankle. Curry didnt seem to be favoring the ankle while playing, although he did get off to a slow start shooting the ball.He didnt make his first field goal until seven-and-a-half minutes remained in the second quarter -- and after missing his first four attempts. Jackson said before the game that Curry didnt have a minutes limit, but that Currys playing time would be determined by the flow of the game and how Curry looked out there.Unconventional strategy: Jackson took a little bit of a gamble on Wednesday night against the New Jersey Nets, when he allowed David Lee to continue playing with three fouls in the second quarter and with four fouls in the third quarter.Most coaches will take out a player with three fouls for the remainder of the first half and also will often remove a player after picking up foul No. 4 in the third quarter.I think its overrated, Jackson said of removing players with three fouls in the first half and with four fouls in the third quarter. It doesnt matter. I know what it takes to foul him out. Its important that I have trust in the guys to understand the situation and not pick up a cheap one. Im not going to compromise my teams chances of winning.Lee didnt pick up his fourth foul in the second quarter against the Nets, and Jackson removed him midway through the period. But only after Lee played about five minutes with that many fouls.Lee did pick up his fifth foul, however, in the third quarter after Jackson didnt remove him after No. 4."Its been successful for us," Jackson maintained. "...I just think its overrated. Whether Im right or wrong, that can be up for debate, but thats what I believe. There are some guys you cant do that with because theyre not disciplined enough to not pick up another foul. It takes some trust in the players."Biedrins block: With his block in the first half, Andris Biedrins tied former Warrior George Johnson for seventh place in franchise history with 507 career blocks.

Reports: Bogut agrees to buyout with 76ers, considering four teams

Reports: Bogut agrees to buyout with 76ers, considering four teams

Andrew Bogut is reportedly searching for a new home.

The big man agreed to a buyout with the 76ers on Monday and is considering four teams for his next destination, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Cleveland, Houston, San Antonio and Boston are reportedly in the running for Bogut's services.

On Sunday, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported that two of his sources said they expect Bogut to sign with the Cavs.

Last week, Dallas traded Bogut to Philadelphia.

The Warriors are eligible to re-sign Bogut, but Golden State is looking to add a guard in the coming days.

Warriors continue to thrive in their second calling

Warriors continue to thrive in their second calling

Programming note: Warriors-76ers coverage starts today at 3pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Credit must be given to the Golden State Warriors for keeping the brand alive on multiple platforms – to the point where they are now indirectly and barely tangentially linked to the Great Oscars Envelope Piefight.

Stay with us here. We’ll get to it.

The mundane matter of winning has, as expected, taken care of itself. They’ve clinched a playoff berth earlier than any other team, at least in the 16-team playoff era, they’ve hit their full stride with the Kevin Durant trade, they’re nervously navigating the Draymond Green Cavalcade of Technical Fouls, and they have led their supporters into the same old trap of thinking that regular season success is the same as postseason invulnerability.

In that way, they are much as they were a year ago, and the year before that.

But it is their underrated ability to find ancillary links to the world outside the NBA that makes them more than merely, say, the 1983 Fo’-Fo’-Fo’ 76ers.

Steve Kerr has been a political and social critic, and more than once – meaning that he hasn’t stumbled into discussions about the political state of the nation as much as he has leaped into them eyes wide open and feet fireproofed. He has not been tricked into a comment, ever. He says what he wants, and is in that way the management equivalent of . . .

. . . Green, who is more often than not the de facto team spokesman, Pushback Division, in that he will speak to anyone on any subject at any time. He is in many ways the Swiss Army Knife of sound bites, and when he decides to err on the side of volubility does not mind taking on opponents, strangers, his coach and, occasionally even teammates. He is a walking debate about temper management that is either 1 or 1-A to DeMarcus Cousins.

Durant and Russell Westbrook have, less voluntarily, been the subjects of a semi-philosophical debate about loyalty vs. business vs. opportunity vs. abandonment. Much of it has been driven not by them but by us, but we let go of cheap and easy narratives with the same willingness that Rottweilers demonstrate with a burglar’s femur.

JaVale McGee, the backup center, has just now engaged with some force with megabus/provocateur Shaquille O’Neal over O’Neal’s intermittent needling of McGee that finally hit the red, resulting in a unilateral cease-fire imposed by O’Neal’s mother Lucille that has not yet been agreed to by McGee’s mother Pamela. In other words, this is a family thing, with all the landmined dynamics that implies – a sure-fire talker both for those who like their debates either trivialized or broadened to take on larger social themes.

And the Oscars? Well, Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali is a self-admitted huge fan of The Bridge, having grown up in the area, played at Mount Eden High and Saint Mary’s on a ball scholarship, and now he is part of the best Oscars story that doesn’t involve movie junkies since Sacheen Littlefeather rejected Marlon Brando’s Oscar on his behalf. That the Warriors weren’t wearing black armbands Monday night in Philadelphia to protest the envelope screwup is a missed opportunity that only having Ali courtside amid Joe Lacob, Pete Guber, Phil Hellmuth and Beyonce for Game 2 against Denver in April can remedy.

In other words, cue the marketing department.

Next to all this, the arcane notion of the Warriors clinching a playoff spot and being on pace to having the largest margin between conference winner and ninth-place team since Boston (67-15) whipped Cleveland (29-53) in 1986 by a smooth 38 games means – well, next to nothing. Especially since we now know, or should know, that nothing happens until June says it happens.

And if the Warriors are the brand name they occasionally claim to be by being more than just a superb basketball team, they will remain abreast of all social and cultural trends, fitting them as best they can between the 21 remaining off-days as best they can.

It is apparently their second calling – to be small but available thermometers for any subject you’ve got, from the changing nature of basketball to the coming civil war to the death of the sun. It’s a good thing they’ve taken care of the playoff thing; otherwise, there’d be no getting them to maintain focus.