Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 109, Nets 102

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 109, Nets 102

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Nets 109, Warriors 102

Player of the game: Warrior forward David Lee scored 13 of his team-high 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors won their second consecutive road game.

The Warriors have now won the first two games of their seven-game road trip.

Lee was brilliant from the field, knocking down 13 of 21 field goals – which he parlayed nicely with 15 rebounds.

[VIDEO: HIGHLIGHTS -- Warriors 109, Nets 102]

“That’s a very good basketball team,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “They have great talent. For us we take it one at a time and this was a huge win. Guys came in off the bench: Carl Landry, Jarrett Jack, Draymond Green were huge. Stephen Curry is showing the world how good he is and David Lee was spectacular.”

Key stretch: The Warriors went on a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to turn an 89-86 deficit into a 95-89 lead.

Lee had three consecutive buckets to finish off the run, including two jumpers and a put-back of a Curry miss.

The run put the Warriors in control for the game’s final five minutes.

Curry also had a big night for the Warriors (12-7) with 28 points on 10-for-19 from the field.

I said it before the game,” Lee said. “He’s healthy and this is what he’s all about. He’s a great person, great basketball player and I have confidence he can do it every night. … We’re just trying to be unselfish and make plays.”

Taking care of the ball: The Warriors entered Friday’s game averaging 16 turnovers per game. But they took nice care of the basketball against the Nets, and they had only seven through three quarters.

For the game, the Warriors had only 11 turnovers.

Blatche for Brook: On the surface, the Warriors seemed to catch a break because Nets center Brook Lopez wasn’t available. Lopez, who has a sprained an ankle, couldn’t play, but Andray Blatche played in place of him.

And Blatche had a big first half, scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds. So effective was Blatche in the first half that coach Mark Jackson started Draymond Green in the third quarter for Festus Ezeli in an effort to slow down Blatche.

Green not only slowed down Blatche, he was money all around, too. Green’s tip-in with 1:43 remaining in the game gave Golden State it’s biggest lead of the night at 105-96.

Green finished with six points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Hanging in: Things weren’t looking too good early for the Warriors as the Nets jumped out to a 37-24 lead early in the second quarter. But shots began falling, rebounds began finding their hands and defensive stops started coming – and by the four-minute mark of the second quarter it was a 46-45 Brooklyn lead.

The Warriors went ahead and took a three-point lead, but the Nets finished the second quarter on an 11-0 run to head into the locker room up 63-55 at halftime.

 

Steve Nash doesn't watch every Warriors game: 'I would think my value...'

Steve Nash doesn't watch every Warriors game: 'I would think my value...'

Prior to the 2015-16 season, the Warriors hired Steve Nash as a consultant.

He isn't in Oakland very often, and he doesn't catch every second of every game, but the two-time MVP provides value to the organization.

"I watch the Warriors because I'm involved with them and I love their team," Nash explained to Yaron Weitzman of Bleacher Report. "But the reality is I don't really watch full games, I just kind of follow and watch bits and pieces. So it's probably bad for me to admit this, but I don't watch a ton other than the Warriors.

"And even with them, I don't watch all their games, though I do as much as I can. I think I have a pretty good feel for them, though. I also think it's important for me in my role to be the person who has an outside view of the Warriors and not be in the forest with the same unlimited amount of data and intimacy that they all have.

"I can come in from 30,000 feet, provide that view -- like, 'Don't forget a fundamental thing here that you created, Steve Kerr.'"

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Nash played an instrumental role in helping Durant rehab from the knee injury he sustained on Feb. 28.

While the Warriors were busy trying to secure the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, Nash was in the practice facility with the eventual Finals MVP.

"Steve was here so I was able to get my rhythm working with him," Durant explained in his documentary Still KD. "He's probably one of the most skilled players ever. All the little one-dribble pull-up stuff, pick-and-roll stuff -- he critiques. He texts me after most games. We talk about stuff I need to work on.

"Just balance. You see why I do a lot of squats and shots -- mainly to get my core right, balance right. He's a guru with that. We call him Yoda. Got my Yoda work in with Steve."

Nash is a future Hall of Famer.

He captured back-to-back MVPs in 2005 and 2006.

He knows what he's talking about and Kerr listens.

"It's just that you're in the eye of the storm when you're a head coach," Nash detailed. "You have the management team, coaching staff, film staff, analytics team, training staff and playing team, and you're trying to manage all that and it's overwhelming. And then you have the media responsibilities.

"I don't know that I help at all, but I would think my value would be to help provide more of a clear-headed view from the outside. It's not like I have huge opinions, but I do have my point of view and perspective, and it's different because I'm not there."

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

Report: Cavs in serious talks with Derrick Rose

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Report: Cavs in serious talks with Derrick Rose

It appears the Cavs may be on the verge of adding a former MVP.

Derrick Rose and Cleveland are in serious talks about a one-year deal, according to an ESPN report.

Rose averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists over 64 games with the Knicks last season.

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He shot 47 percent from the field, but under 22 percent from 3-point territory.

Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, will turn 29 years old in October.

The max amount of money the Cavs can offer Rose is $2.5 million, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

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