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.

Did Kendrick Lamar take shot at Kevin Durant on latest single?

Did Kendrick Lamar take shot at Kevin Durant on latest single?

Hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar's new album "The Heart Part 4" drops on April 7, but his lyrics are already making waves.

Lamar, who hails from Compton, California, appears to take a shot at Kevin Durant for his decision to leave the Thunder and join the Warriors this past offseason in free agency.

From the single titled "IV":

     Tables turned, lessons learned, my best look
     You jumped sides on me, now you 'bout to meet Westbrook
     Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you
     Just know the next game played, I might slap the s--- out you
     Technical foul, I'm flagrant, I'm foul
     They throwin' me out, you throw in the towel

If the Warriors face the Thunder again this season, it will be in a playoff series. Golden State swept Oklahoma City 4-0 during the regular season, winning 122-96 on Nov. 3, 121-100 on Jan. 18, 130-114 on Feb. 11, and 111-95 on March 20

Their average margin of victory was just under 20.

Warriors guard Livingston begins turnaround after shooting dry spell

Warriors guard Livingston begins turnaround after shooting dry spell

OAKLAND -- Amid the recovery mission that followed the absence of Kevin Durant, as every Warrior eventually pitched in, Shaun Livingston stood virtually alone as someone who wasn’t doing his part.

The Warriors, and Livingston, would like to believe that is about to change.

When Livingston made 3-of-4 shots in a 112-87 rout of the Mavericks on Tuesday night, it was the first time he shot higher than 50 percent on multiple shots since Feb. 28, the day Durant went down with a knee injury.

“You go through slumps,” Livingston said after practice Thursday. “Fortunately for me, I’ve played long enough to know. You keep shooting. Keep pushing forward, good things will happen.”

As the Warriors lost that game at Washington, and four of the next six, Livingston’s usually reliable midrange game disappeared. In the first 10 full games since Durant was sidelined, Livingston shot 18.8 percent (6-of-32).

So his teammates did the heavy lifting. Andre Iguodala excelled as the steady vet. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green dipped and then came hard. Stephen Curry climbed out of his rut and started dancing again. The big men -- Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee and David West -- were titanic. Pat McCaw, Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and James Michael McAdoo filled in the gaps.

They had to, because Livingston the most reliable shooter on the team was nowhere to be found.

“We all want to play the best that we can,” Livingston said. “But the reality is it doesn’t work that way all the time.”

On Tuesday, for the first time this month, Livingston looked like himself. He was the guy who shot 55.6 percent in October, 54.4 percent in November, 57.6 percent in December, 58.9 percent in January and 54.1 percent in February.

“It was good for Shaun to see the ball go in the rim,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s had such a great year shooting the ball, and then the last couple weeks he hit a dry spell. Which is going to happen to everybody.”

The “dry spell” was shocking, because it was Livingston. He’s in the final weeks of his third season with the Warriors, and throughout that time there was only one month in which he shot less that 49 percent (47.5 in March 2015). Signed in July 2014 to be the team’s No. 3 guard and primary backup to Curry, Livingston is shooting 51.9 percent in his Warriors career.

The Warriors would like to think he’s ready, once again, to do his part.

“Last game was good for him, just to make a few and see the ball go in,” Kerr said. “I’m confident he’ll get it going.”