Some crunch-time stats for Warriors players

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Some crunch-time stats for Warriors players

By my count, the Warriors have been involved in eight gamesthis season in which the game was up for grabs in the final two minutes ofregulation. Those games were the following: vs. Utah, vs. Miami, vs. Orlando,vs. Indiana, vs. Memphis, vs. Sacramento, at Sacramento, and vs. OklahomaCity.The Warriors are 2-6 in those games.
I went back and looked at the play-by-play of each of thosegames to register some end-game statistics regarding the Warriors key players.Of those eight games, I left out the two games against Sacramento (one win, oneloss) because those were two games in which Warriors coach Mark Jacksonprimarily used the substitutes to try to close out the game.I also left out the Warriors 101-95 loss at San Antonio onJan. 4, a game they led by eight points with six-and-a-half minutes remaining.But since they were down five points with two minutes left, it didnt fit mycriteria of being close down the stretch.In the case of the Warriors overtime win against Miami, Iused the last two minutes of regulation and the last two minutes of theovertime. Yes, its arbitrary to pick the two-minute mark to start calculating,but it seemed to be the most logical place to go.Here are some of the numbers:Monta Ellis: In the last two minutes ofthose six games (Oklahoma City, Memphis, Indiana, Orlando, Miami, Utah), Ellis has gone 7-for-15 from the field and committed fourturnovers. That doesnt sound bad, and maybe its not, but it deserves a littlecloser look.Against Indiana, Ellis made three straight shots in thefinal two minutes to keep the Warriors alive. But that was also the night heturned the ball over in the waning moments, which led to a George Hillgame-winning three-point play.Obviously, if you take away that string of possessions,Ellis is 4-for-12 from the field in the final two minutes of those games. Inother words, almost half of Ellis made shots in the last two minutes of closegames came in one game against Indiana.Ellis is 1-for-6 from 3-point range in the final two minutesof those games, with his lone make being a cosmetic 3-pointer with six-tenthsof a second remaining that made the Memphis final score 91-90.Ellis got to the line just one time down the stretch ofthose games.RELATED: Monta Ellis game logs
Stephen Curry: Hes 0-for-5 from thefield with two turnovers in the final two minutes of those six games. He didn't attempt a free throw, either.RELATED: Stephen Curry game logs
David Lee: Hard to believe but Lee hastaken just one shot (a miss) in the final two minutes of those six games. Oneshot. And even thats a stretch, really, because the shot attempt was actuallya tip-in try off a rebound against Oklahoma City on Tuesday an attempt thatwas blocked. He didn't attempt a free throw, either.RELATED: David Lee game logs
Dorell Wright: Hes 3-for-3 from thefield and 1-for-2 from the line in the aforementioned situations, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range.Wright did all this in the Miami game, when he hit a game-tying 3-pointer with31.2 seconds left in regulation, then was big in overtime.RELATED: Dorell Wright game logs
Brandon Rush: Hes 1-for-3 from the fieldand 0-for-2 from 3-point range with two turnovers. Small sample size and infairness to Rush, one of those missed 3-pointers was Tuesday nights last-gaspattempt against OKC.RELATED: Brandon Rush game logs
Nate Robinson: 1-for-2 from the field,3-for-3 from the foul line. Robinsons make came against Miami, a game in whichhe did most of his damage to help bring the Warriors back before the two-minutemark.RELATED: Nate Robinson game logs

NBA Gameday: Even without Durant, Warriors heavy favorites vs Nets

NBA Gameday: Even without Durant, Warriors heavy favorites vs Nets

OAKLAND -- The Warriors close out a two-game homestand as heavy favorites Saturday night, when they play host to the reeling Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors (48-9) for the first time this season will be without Kevin Durant, who is coping with a hand injury and will sit in what is the equivalent of a rest night against a team that has lost its last 15 games.

Because Warriors coach Steve Kerr is loathe to disrupt his usual bench rotations and the Nets are likely to start three guards, it’s conceivable that rookie wing Pat McCaw could get the start at small forward in place of Durant.

Though Brooklyn (9-48) is coming off a 129-109 loss Friday night in Denver, that game featured the return of point guard Jeremy Lin after a 26-game absence with a strained hamstring.

BETTING LINE:
Warriors by 20.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Zaza Pachulia vs. Brook Lopez. Though he has gotten lost in the sheer sub-mediocrity of the Nets, Lopez remains one of the league’s most talented offensive centers. His 20.7 points per game ranks second among players listed at center. On a per-minute basis, Lopez is No. 1. Though Pachulia will lead the charge, expect JaVale McGee and David West to also spend time defending Lopez.

INJURY REPORT:
Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L hand contusion) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Nets: F Quincy Acy (L ankle sprain) is listed as out.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 8-2. Nets: 0-10.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors prevailed in the first meeting this season, 117-101, on Dec. 22 at Brooklyn and have won the last three meetings. They have won 13 of the last 18 meetings and 10 of the last 11 played in Oakland.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
CURRY FROM DEEP: Stephen Curry is nine triples away from passing Lakers legend Kobe Bryant (1,827) and moving into 11th place on the all-time list of 3-pointers made. The last time the Nets came to Oakland (Nov. 14, 2015), Curry made five 3-pointers to surpass his father, Dell, on the all-time list. Curry also enjoys facing Lin.

THE ROTATIONS: Durant’s absence is bound to affects the minutes of everyone from Andre Iguodala to Kevon Looney to James Michael McAdoo to McCaw. Though no one can effectively replicate Durant’s game, it will be interesting to see how Kerr distributes playing time.

TRIPLE OVERDRIVE: The Warriors take a lot of 3-pointers, ranking fifth in the NBA. The Nets take even more triples, ranking fourth. Moreover, the teams rank 1-2 in pace, with Brooklyn at the top and the Warrior right behind. The upshot: a pace race between teams that love to launch.

 

Warriors' Durant out vs Nets due to left hand injury

Warriors' Durant out vs Nets due to left hand injury

OAKLAND -- Scratch Kevin Durant from the all-82 list, as the forward will miss his first game of the season Saturday night, when the Warriors play host to Brooklyn.

A left hand contusion, sustained in Thursday’s win over the Clippers, will keep Durant on the sideline, mostly for precautionary reasons. He likely will return to the lineup Monday night in Philadelphia, where the Warriors face the 76ers.

Durant injured his pinky finger after falling hard in the opening minutes against LA. He remained in the game for another nine minutes, leaving with 1:33 left in the quarter and retreating to the locker room with a member of the training staff.

X-rays were negative, and Durant returned to the game. He played 34 minutes, piling up 25 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, one block and a steal.

With Durant’s absence, every member of the Warriors has missed at least one game this season.