Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors collapse in Denver

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors collapse in Denver

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Nuggets 102, Warriors 91Player of the game: Denvers Andre Iguodala finished with 29 points and five rebounds but more importantly helped shut down Klay Thompson in the second half.Thompson had 16 points in the first half but went without a point in the second half largely because of Iguodalas defense.Key stretch: The Warriors couldnt get anything to go down early in the second half and it set the tone for the remainder of the game.The Warriors missed their first nine shots of the third quarter, and the Nuggets scored the first 15 points of the period to turn a 53-47 halftime deficit to a 62-53 lead.Making matters worse during that stretch was that Harrison Barnes picked up his fifth foul and Stephen Curry his fourth.We didnt help the cause by turning over the basketball and allow them to get transition points, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. So, they got it going but we didnt try to stop it. We actually helped them keep it going.Danilo Gallinari finished with 20 points for the Nuggets (7-6), and Ty Lawson had 18 points and nine assists. David Lee led the Warriors (7-6) with 21 points and 10 rebounds.Currys tough half: After a couple of real nice games, Curry was a little more passive against the Nuggets, failing to get off a shot in the first 13 minutes. Curry, who had 56 points in the previous two games, was scoreless in the first half an picked up three fouls.Curry finished with just six points, four turnovers and three assists.They didnt do much in the first half, Jackson said of Curry and Barnes. And we found ourselves with the lead -- so we dont get caught up in individual nights.Bench strength: The Warriors bench was instrumental in keeping them in the game in the first half, getting contributions from plenty of substitutes.Charles Jenkins, who has been used sparingly this season, had six points in five minutes; Andris Biedrins had six rebounds in nine minutes; Jarrett Jack had eight points in 12 minutes; and Carl Landry had six points and four rebounds in 12 minutes.One of the reasons that Warriors coach Mark Jackson had to go to his bench a good bit in the half was because starting small forward Harrison Barnes picked up four fouls in six minutes.Landry finished with 19 points and Jack 17 for Golden State.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.