Second-half surge lifts Warriors over Knicks

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Second-half surge lifts Warriors over Knicks

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The Warriors -- without injured point guard Stephen Curry -- trailed the Knicks at halftime, but scored 55 points compared to New York's 35 in the second half to win 92-78 and improve to 2-1 on the young season.
Player of the game: Brandon Rush crammed a lot of activity into 26 minutes of playing time, scoring 19 points, grabbing six rebounds and playing tremendous defense on Carmelo Anthony.Key stretch: The Warriors held the Knicks to just six points through the first seven-plus minutes of the fourth quarter, one in which started with the teams even at 64-64. With the Knicks struggling to score, the Warriors took complete control of the game, bumping the lead to 16 points by the 4:20 mark of the period.This is going to be strange to hear, but we are a defensive team, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. Yeah, its a shocker. Great players are going to come in and have great nights. But our job is to make it tough and not hold our heads down.
Curry sits: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry missed Wednesdays game because of a sprained right ankle. Curry has tweaked the ankle twice this season once in the final exhibition game on Dec. 20 and the other time on Monday against the Bulls.Said Warriors coach Mark Jackson before the game: Bottom line is he got hurt landing on somebody and we are going to give it some time to heal. We are a no-excuses basketball team so we look forward to executing our mission which is to play to our identity and take care of our homecourt.Ish Smith, who started for Curry, finished with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.Rushs role: Were only three games into the season but it looks as though Brandon Rush is ahead of rookie Klay Thompson in the rotation. Jackson said during the preseason that Thompson was going to get plenty of playing time and would likely be the first guard off the bench.But Rush already has carved out a consistent role in large part because of his defense and ability to spot-up from 3-point range. Most figured Thompson would struggle at the defensive end, but he also hasnt shot the ball well at all.Everybody is buying into what Coach Jackson is talking about, Rush said. Just giving maximum effort on the defensive end getting stops and getting out and running.
Containing Anthony and Amare: The Warriors did a nice job defending Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, keeping both guys under control at all times.Anthony finished with 13 points on 3-for-13 from the field and Stoudemire had 16 points on 5-for-14 from the field.

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.