Steinmetz: Lee Struggles, Lin Shows Signs in L.A.


Steinmetz: Lee Struggles, Lin Shows Signs in L.A.


LOS ANGELES -- After a couple of nice games, Warriors power forward David Lee had a struggle of it Sunday night in a 107-83 loss to the Lakers.

Lee went scoreless in 19 minutes, the first time he went without a point in a game since 2007. Lee went 0-for-3 from the field and 0-for-2 from the foul line, and also had five turnovers.

"It was one of those nights," Warriors coach Keith Smart said. "He's been great all year long, from the preseason on. In 82 games, you're going to have nights like that. I took him out because he didn't have the pop he normally has. I think he understood that."
The last time Lee went scoreless in a game was on Nov. 30, 2007, in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. It seemed apparent Lee had a tough time finding openings among the bigger, taller Laker defenders on the interior.

"I've got to find a way to get in a rhythm early," Lee said. "From the jump they were beating us on the boards and made sure we didn't get anything easy. And this is also without (center Andrew) Bynum. They're even longer than this usually. What's tough about it was we were boxing out on a lot of plays and we were jumping for the rebounds and they were getting tip-ins standing still."

Jeremy Lin got into the game with 11:22 remaining in the third quarter, subbing for Reggie Williams, who was struggling. It was the earliest Lin has gotten into a game this season.

At the 4:57 mark of the third period, Lin scored the first points of his NBA career, when he took a pass on the fastbreak from Dorell Wright and layed it in. That capped a 9-0 run that brought the Warriors within 68-53.

Lin finished with two points, four steals and three assists in 16 minutes

"He made a big step in his development tonight," Smart said. "A big step."

Report: 76ers captivated by potential reunion with Andre Iguodala

Report: 76ers captivated by potential reunion with Andre Iguodala

With the ninth pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select ... Andre Iguodala.

The 76ers are captivated by a potential reunion with the soon-to-be free agent, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Iguodala? 

Iguodala spent the first eight seasons of his career in Philly.

He averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals over 615 games (all starts).

In 2012 -- his final season with the 76ers -- he was an All-Star.

In August 2012, Iguodala was traded to Denver.

After the Nuggets lost to the Warriors in the playoffs in 2013, he landed with the Warriors.

According to ESPN's report, the 76ers are one of seven teams -- Timberwolves, Spurs, Clippers, Magic, Nets, Jazz -- interested in Iguodala.

The 2015 Finals MVP will turn 34 years old in January.

A week ago, Iguodala called into KBLX 102.9 FM and said the following:

"Business is business so you gotta do your due diligence. And I'll let my people do their thing, see how that goes. The Bay has been special to me, so you always have your perfect situation and hopefully that gets done.

"I'm gonna let my people do their job. And I just want everybody to be respectful of that and not get too emotional about it because I've been getting hit up crazy and I haven't said anything."

Iguodala has earned over $120 million in his career.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

After MVP announcement, Durant congratulates Westbrook, Harden

After MVP announcement, Durant congratulates Westbrook, Harden

On Monday night, Russell Westbrook took home the regular-season MVP award.

On Tuesday morning, Kevin Durant posted some comments to his YouTube channel:

"In fact, I called out this years MVP years ago so you gotta respect my knowledge for the game lol. Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on 2k all year, Fu**in balled out. Gotta respect it!"

Ever since Durant decided to leave Oklahoma City for Golden State, a lot has been made of the relationship between Durant and Westbrook.

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The two aren't exactly on speaking terms, yet.

Speaking of players who used to wear the same jersey...

Durant also congratulated James Harden, who finished runner-up to Westbrook.

"Shoutout my boy James Harden. For 5 years now he's taken his game to the next level, he will be an MVP one day, he's an MVP now, he's made so many people proud. I know this first hand, recognize what he has done for the game! "

Westbrook received 69 of the 101 first-place votes, while Harden finished with 22.

Durant, who may have finished in the Top 5 had he not injured his knee on Feb. 28, garnered just two fifth-place votes.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller