Some telling statistics about the Warriors


Some telling statistics about the Warriors

OAKLAND -- The Warriors have played seven games now, andwhile thats not a huge sample size, it is enough to start taking in statistics.Here are some Warriors players and what jumps out about some of the numbers.Andris Biedrins: He certainly has not hada bounce-back year, but by the same token hes been more productive than in thepast two seasons. Biedrins is averaging fewer than 14 minutes per game,somewhat puzzling considering he leads the team in rebounds (17.448 minutes)and blocks (5.248 minutes) per minute.
David Lee: One of the things that hits you regarding Lees numbers is his assist-to-turnover ratio. So far thisseason, Lee has just five assists and 19 turnovers (which leads the team).Those stats are a tad skewed because of Lees seven-turnover game against theLakers, but still. Last year Lee had 233 assists and 170 turnovers for theseason.Dorell Wright: Its no secret Wright isshooting the ball terribly this season: 32.7 percent from the field; 19.2percent from 3-point range. On the positive side, hes taking care of the ballin a huge way. Wright has only two turnovers and 16 assists in 213 minutes.Thats pretty impressive.Monta Ellis: Hes shooting only 42.7percent from the floor, but thats not bad considering how much hes been askedto carry the offensive load this season. Give Ellis credit for this: Hesaveraging 8.5 assists and only three turnovers per game.Stephen Curry: Currys numbers are downacross the board, and most notable is minutes played: Hes averaging just 31minutes per night. Hes also the Warriors leader in turnovers per minute,averaging 5.6 over 48 minutes.Total fouls: Blame the officials if youmust, but the Warriors are fouling way too much and its costing them at thefree throw line. So far this season the Warriors have committed 162 fouls andtheir opponents 128. The Warriors have shot 41 fewer free throws than theiropponents so far this season.Foul shooting: And when the Warriors doget to the line, theyre not converting. As a team theyre shooting only 65percent from there. Center Kwame Brown (11-for-29) has a lot to do with that,but David Lee is struggling some at 67.7 percent. And Lee and Brown areamong the top three on the team in free throw attempts.

Klay must have one thing before every game or 'chalk it up as a loss for me'

Klay must have one thing before every game or 'chalk it up as a loss for me'

Klay Thompson is really good at basketball.

He's been an All-Star three straight years and was named Third-Team All-NBA the last two seasons.

What's the secret to his success? He recently talked about his preparation with CBS Sports:

"My approach to the game is a lot more caluculated now -- as far as getting my rest, recovery after a big workout. Balancing your life is essential; on the court, off the court -- it's huge.

"As a high school player and as a collegiate, I would just kind of show up and play. As a professional, I have a certain routine that is very regimented. If I don't have a gameday nap you might as well chalk it up as a loss for me. I have to have my gameday nap just to get my mind right, get a little rest, maximize your energy for the game.

"Whether it's the arena or the practice gym, we're always there. Don't get to see the light of day sometimes so it's very important for me to get outside -- get some sun, get some fresh air.

"You have to get your mind off the game. I'm really a simple man -- it could be just sitting outside reading a book or playing pool, playing chess, video games. I love to take my dog, Rocco, to the park -- just stuff to keep your mind active, or your body active and get away from baskteball.

"You need that balance in your life. You can't just get totally consumed by basketball and then it kind of wears on your happiness. You gotta have a certain balance so you are eager to go to the game every day, and your hungry to get in the arena and put on a show."

First thing that comes to mind: McCollum's six words to describe Warriors

First thing that comes to mind: McCollum's six words to describe Warriors

The Warriors ended the Blazers' season with a 128-103 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.

And Portland shooting guard C.J. McCollum now has some free time on his hands.

On Thursday, his flight got delayed, so he held an impromptu Q&A on Twitter.

One question asked: "First thing that comes to mind when u think of the Warriors?'

McCollum's response:

The Warriors averaged over 27 assists in the series and shot over 40 percent from 3-point territory.

Golden State has ended Portland's season each of the last two years.

McCollum was terrific in Game 1 (41 points) and Game 3 (32 points) but struggled in Game 2 (11 points, 4 for 17) and Game 4 (six points, 2 for 12).

Next season is Year 1 of the 4-year, $106.6 million contract he signed last summer.