Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Kings hold off Warriors


Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Kings hold off Warriors

Player of the game: Aaron Brooks had 12 points in 20 minutes, but he had two big buckets when the Kings needed them most. Brooks hit a little jumper with 2:50 left and then converted a drive with 1:16 left and both times they bumped Sacramentos lead to five.Those were the Kings only two field goals in the games final 4:45.Key stretch: The Kings used a 16-0 run in the third quarter to turn a 56-56 tie into a 72-56 lead. DeMarcus Cousins had six points during the run, including the last four. Cousins finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds.Warriors run: The Warriors were down 89-78 with four minutes left, but stormed back and gave themselves a chance to win the game late. After the Warriors forced a Cousins miss late, they found themselves down 93-92 with 10.9 seconds remaining. Golden State ended up getting a great look with five seconds left from Klay Thompson from about 16 feet away. But the ball rimmed out.Couldnt ask for a better look, said Thompson, who finished with 22 points on 7-for-17 from the field. It felt great coming off my hand. I thought it was in but it hit back rim on a direct line and came back out. It was really disappointing. It was really disappointing. Its going to be a long bus ride back, its going to be a long night tonight.After Thompsons miss, the Warriors fouled on the rebound. After James Johnson made one of two free throws, Golden State (2-2) had one last opportunity inbounding at halfcourt with 1.3 seconds left. But the best they could manage was a Stephen Curry 30-footer and it didnt go down.Thats not where the game was lost, David Lee said of the last couple of possessions. The game was lost when the lead went from six or seven up to 16. From that point on you have to play perfect basketball to get back into it and we nearly did that. But it was third quarter and early fourth where we got hurt.Shooting woes: The Warriors came into Mondays game shooting 44 percent from the field through three games. They didnt boost that with their showing against the Kings.Golden State shot just 40.8 percent from the field, and nobody struggled more than Curry, who went 3-for-15 from the field.Thornton a thorn: If theres a player who has given the Warriors a problem or two in the past couple of seasons its Kings shooting guard Marcus Thornton.And he was at it again on Monday, scoring 14 points in just 16 first-half minutes against Golden State. The Warriors contained Thornton in the second half, and he finished with 16.Thornton, who is coming off the bench for Keith Smarts team, had his career-high against the Warriors when he scored 42 points in a victory over the Warriors in Sacramento back in 2010-11.Last season, Thornton put together a 28-point game against the Warriors. The Warriors dont seem to have a great matchup against Thornton, with the possible exception being Jarrett Jack. But Thornton did the majority of his first-half damage with Jack off the floor.Boguts night: Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who didnt play in Saturdays game against the L.A. Clippers, was back in the starting lineup against the Kings.Bogut played the games first five minutes, then sat for the remainder of the half even as the Warriors went from being up eight points to down 47-35 late in the second quarter.Bogut had four points and a rebound in those five minutes. Bogut played 19 minutes on the night, including the last seven. He finished with 12 points and three rebounds.I felt OK, Bogut said. Im out there so it is what it is. Im just trying to get through these next three to four weeks relatively sane.The plan for Bogut may actually change some as the Warriors move through November. Originally, the Warriors said Bogut would rest on the second of back-to-back nights, but that could be tweaked, according to Jackson.Its possible that Bogut could sit the first game of a back-to-back and play in the second game. Its possible that could happen this weekend when the Warriors play in L.A. against the Lakers on Friday and then back home against the Nuggets on Saturday.

Report: Lakers have shown interest in former Warriors guard

Report: Lakers have shown interest in former Warriors guard

Ian Clark is looking for his next basketball home.

And the Lakers have shown interest in the free agent guard, according to The Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner.

Over 77 regular season games with the Warriors last season, Clark averaged 6.8 points while shooting just under 49 percent from the field and over 37 percent from deep.

In 16 playoff games (he did not play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals), he averaged 6.8 points on 50.6 percent shooting overall, and 36 percent from 3-point territory.

Last week, he was asked if he would be back with the Warriors in 2017-18.

"It's not looking like it," Clark said while in Memphis. "Going through that situation right now. As much as I want to stay, it's a business. But we'll see. Anything could happen."

The Warriors do have an open roster spot, but it's quite possible they enter training camp and/or the season with just 14 players under contract.

Golden State can only offer Clark the minimum of $1,577,230.

The Lakers could give Clark up to $4.3 million -- the room mid-level exception.

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

Lillard: If Blazers get Carmelo and then run into Warriors during playoffs...

Lillard: If Blazers get Carmelo and then run into Warriors during playoffs...

Who will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

The Knicks? Rockets? Cavs? Blazers?

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are hoping Carmelo ends up in Portland.

"I spoke to him," Lillard told Joe Freeman of The Oregonian. "Because, obviously, he makes us a better team. Obviously with that being out there and that being a real possibility, I don't see why I wouldn't reach out to him and let him know that the interest is mutual if he's interested in us."

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What was his reaction?

"I ain't gonna share all that," Lillard said. "We had a conversation about it because it's something that we need to talk about, so he knew that it wasn't just the team -- but it was myself and C.J. -- would love to have him here. So I reached out to him."

How would he help the Blazers?

"He's Carmelo Anthony," Lillard responded. "You add another guy that can go out there and score 50 ... over the last decade, he's been one of the best players in the league. Playing against him, you know he's a cerebral player. He's smart...

"I can only imagine what it would be like having him iso'ing on one side, and C.J. in a corner, and me on the opposite wing and Nurk (Jusuf Nurkic) ... I can only imagine how hard it would be to guard us when it's already hard to guard us.

"We can compete with anybody in the West, but I think when you get to those teams like Golden State, if we happen to run into them in a playoff situation now -- we getting in the paint, and if they want to help off someone like Melo ... good luck."

The Warriors beat the Blazers in five games in the 2016 Western Conference Semifinals and swept them in the opening round of the 2017 playoffs.

According to McCollum, the Blazers would definitely have homecourt in the first round of the playoffs should Carmelo head to the Pacific Northwest.

"Very talented player. And I think if we get him -- when we get him -- speak it into existence ... I think Top 3 in the West, easy," McCollum declared. "I think he's interested."

Carmelo is reportedly pushing for a trade to the Rockets...


Draymond Green responded to Damian Lillard with a not-so-subtle jab on Instagram. 

😂😂😂😂😂 give it a break @damianlillard

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