Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Lakers bad, Warriors worse

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Lakers bad, Warriors worse

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Player of the game: On a night when most players struggled, Kobe Bryant was the best player on the floor by far. Bryant finished with 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting nine rebounds and seven assists.
Key stretch: Midway through the third period, the Warriors trailed just 54-50, and the Lakers werent exactly looking like world-beaters. But Bryant led the Lakers on a 10-0 run that set them up with their biggest lead of the night. Bryant had four points and an assist during the run, and the Warriors went three-plus minutes without a score.The Warriors are now 2-25 all-time at Staples Center against the Lakers.Shooting woes: The Warriors struggled from the field in the first half, and it was widespread. Then they promptly did the same thing in the second half.The Warriors didnt have a single player on their roster playing significant minutes who made more than half of their shots, and here were some of the brutal numbers: Stephen Curry 6-for-16; Klay Thompson 6-for-16; David Lee 3-for-10; Carl Landry 3-for-12.The Warriors shot just 33.7 percent from the field over the course of the game, including 7-for-25 (28 percent) from 3-point range.Filling the Bogut void: With Andrew Bogut missing the next week or so, Warriors coach Mark Jackson is going to have to fill his spot at center. On Friday, Festus Ezeli got the start and Andris Biedrins saw plenty of playing time.Well, plenty for him. Biedrins, who had played seven total minutes in the Warriors first five games, played seven minutes in the first half and didnt do a bad job.Biedrins held his own defensively against Howard and found time to grab four rebounds. Biedrins did have to shoot a couple of foul shots, however, missing both, including one airball.Biedrins played nine minutes on the night, while Ezeli played 20. For most of the game's remainder the Warriors went small with Lee and Landry.Mike Brown fallout: Mark Jackson was asked before the game who he thought would replace Mike Brown, who was fired earlier in the day.There have been plenty of names bandied about, including Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, Mike DAntoni and Brian Shaw, among others.Doesnt matter to me, Mark Jackson said. Ive got my hands full with this Jackson doing this job.

Kerr's message to Warriors fans who want more pick-and-roll for Curry

Kerr's message to Warriors fans who want more pick-and-roll for Curry

Are you one of the people who thinks the Warriors need to put Steph Curry in more pick-and-roll/ball screen situations? 

If you are, that's OK.

Steve Kerr -- when asked about Draymond Green's role this past season -- talked about how Golden State uses Curry.

"Before the season started, I told our staff that I thought Draymond was gonna have the biggest adjustment to make," Kerr said on the TK Show on Wednesday. "And he made it really easily. And I think a big part of that is the fact that he's a point-forward at his core offensively.

"He handles the ball and he's our leading assist guy. And all of a sudden he had another shooter and another weapon to work with. And I thought that was really important that we established early that Draymond was still gonna be an integral part of the offense.

"I was worried about that -- I thought because KD was gonna need the ball and Steph already had the ball -- I was worried that Draymond would be a little left out of the offense and that would affect his overall game and his defense.

"In fact, it's one of the things -- I think important for our fans to understand -- because one of the things I get all the time is, 'Why don't you just put Steph in a screen-and-roll every play? Why don't you give him the ball every play?' And I think what people who follow our team closely understand is that the number of playmakers we have on our team is what makes us who we are ... drive and kick and passing and moving -- it keeps everybody engaged."

For the third year in a row, the Warriors ranked nearly the bottom of the league in pick-and-rolls.

Yet, that didn't stop Golden State from posting the best offensive rating (113.2) in NBA history.

It's also important to remember that following the Warriors' loss to the Cavs on Christmas Day -- when Curry scored 15 points and took just 11 shots -- Kerr acknowledged that he needs to put Curry in a better position to succeed.

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"But for the people who say, 'Just give it to Steph every time and let him go,' well now you're alienating Draymond, you're alienating Andre, you're alienating Shaun. You're basically telling them to be spotup 3-point shooters," Kerr continued. "And now I think you're losing a lot emotionally from what makes the team tick, and you're taking away the energy that Draymond gets from being a playmaker and getting 8 or 10 assists.

"So that's the balance we always try to find with our group -- get everybody involved and energized."

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

Reports: Spurs shopping LaMarcus Aldridge

Reports: Spurs shopping LaMarcus Aldridge

It appears the LaMarcus Aldridge in San Antonio could be nearing its end.

The Spurs are reportedly talking to several teams about a potential trade, according to multiple reports.

In the summer of 2015, Aldridge signed a 4-year deal worth over $84 million.

He can opt out of his deal next summer.

The 5-time All-Star will turn 32 years old in July.

His 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season were his lowest totals since his rookie campaign.

In Games 2 through 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors, he averaged 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds and shot less than 39 percent from the field.

Aldridge's former team -- the Portland Trail Blazers -- would be interested in acquiring Aldridge, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.

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