Steinmetz: Is Something Screwy in Warriorville?


Steinmetz: Is Something Screwy in Warriorville?


You know what they say: Don't get into a grind-it-out game with the Golden State Warriors.OK, so that's not really what they say. But son of a gun if theWarriors, the uptempo, fast-paced, score-at-all-cost, defense-optionalWarriors didn't beat the Utah Jazz in an ugly one - 85-78 - at OracleArena on Friday nightThis was not your typical Warriors win. You see, the Warriors seldomwin when they shoot 37.6 percent from the floor. You've got to trust meon that one because I don't have the past five years of date in frontof me.And they don't win very often when they score 85 points. In fact, ithad been five years since the Warriors won a game scoring that fewpoints in a game."I was proud because we couldn't make a shot," Warriors coach KeithSmart said. "We could not make a shot and we were up one at halftime.Our defense was engaged. We took away the paint scorers on this team."The Warriors also didn't do a bad job with Utah point guard Deron Williams.Sure, Williams finished with 23 points, but the Warriors kept hisassists down (6) and forced him into eight turnovers.Golden State held the Jazz to 39.5 percent shooting from the field.Yes, these are all strange numbers if you're a Warriors fan. But thingsseem different."Now I can go help and I know somebody will help me, too," said AndrisBiedrins, who had 20 rebounds. "That was the main thing. I was gettingmad all the time because I always went to help and I was disappointedthat a lot of times guys didn't help me out. But David (Lee) is alwaysbehind me and he keeps talking, saying "don't worry about your man, Igot you.""And want more proof something is screwy in Warriorville? I asked DorellWright if the game reminded him of an Eastern Conference game."Definitely," Wright responded. "We made it so ugly. We were scrapping and keeping them to one shot."

Draymond expresses distaste for Raiders' move: 'I won't attend a game'

Draymond expresses distaste for Raiders' move: 'I won't attend a game'

Having been a member of the Warriors for nearly five years, Draymond Green has become a fan of Oakland and its people.

Considering that, as well as Green’s outspoken nature, perhaps it’s not surprising he expressed profound distaste for the Raiders’ impending move to Las Vegas.

“That's crazy. I feel bad for the city of Oakland,” Green told reporters Tuesday night, after the Warriors posted a 113-106 win over the Rockets in Houston. “I don't even know how that's going to work, honestly, with a football team moving to Las Vegas. I feel bad for the city.

“If I were the fans, I wouldn't attend a game for the next two years. But that’s just me. That's ridiculous. No way I'd pay my money to attend a game.”

Though Green roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 27-year-old power forward has attended games at the Coliseum and developed relationships with members of the Raiders, a franchise established in Oakland in 1960. The team moved to Los Angeles in 1982, and returned to Oakland in 1995.

Green was 5 years old in Saginaw, Mich. when the Raiders returned to their original home in ‘95, and he, like many Bay Area Raiders fans, clearly is having trouble digesting the idea of them being based in another city.

“That's like moving the Dallas Cowboys or moving the Packers,” he said. “Moving the Raiders? You can move a lot of teams. Ain't many fan bases like the Raiders fan base. That's like moving the Boston Celtics from Boston or the Lakers from LA.

“You just don't move certain franchises with the fan base they have.”

The Raiders are the second professional team preparing to vacate Oakland. The Warriors, after all, are planning to move to San Francisco in 2019.

“It's one thing if you're moving them from Oakland to Fremont or something,” Green said of the Raiders. “To Las Vegas? I wouldn't attend a game. I won't attend a game.

“And I'm not a diehard Raiders fan, but I support the city of Oakland. It ain't for me and I feel like all fans should feel that way. You just don't do that. Come on man, that's ridiculous.”


Kerr makes NBA history with Warriors' win in Houston

Kerr makes NBA history with Warriors' win in Houston

Steve Kerr continues to re-write the record books.

The Warriors' 113-106 victory in Houston on Tuesday was Kerr's 200th win of his brief coaching career.

The milestone victory comes in just his 238th game as a head coach, making him the fastest coach to 200 career wins.

Hall of Fame Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson held the previous record at 200 wins in 270 games.

In Kerr's three seasons as the coach of the Warriors, the team has won at least 60 games each year. Before the current three-year run, the Warriors never had a 60-win season in franchise history.