Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors fall in double OT

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors fall in double OT

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Nuggets 107, Warriors 101 (Double Overtime)Player of the game: Danilo Gallinari didnt shoot the ball very well on Saturday night, but he hit the biggest shot of the game a 3-pointer with 35.9 seconds left in the second overtime to give the Nuggets a 103-101 lead.Key stretch: Klay Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 2:43 remaining in the second overtime to give the Warriors a 101-96 lead, but they failed to score after that with Denver scoring the games final 11 points.This is the worst Ive felt after a game, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. Quite honestly last year we werent good enough talent-wise to win a lot of ballgames. Thats flat-out what the truth is. Were good enough right now and we got outworked.Costly misses and mistakes: The Warriors had two chances to put the game away. But both times, they failed to convert from the line.With the Warriors up 94-92 and 13 seconds left in the first overtime, Klay Thompson had a pair of free throws to seal the game. But he missed both foul shots, and Gallinari then converted a drive and dunk with 2.1 seconds left to tie the game and send it into the second overtime.Making matters worse, the Warriors had a foul to give on the Gallinari drive but didnt utilize it.Thompson was guarding Gallinari on the play and had an opportunity to foul.We made critical mistakes down the stretch that are simple basketball plays to make, Jackson said. We come out of a huddle with a foul to give and they get a drive, dunk and we talked about it. The bottom line is you cant make these mistakes. The good teams, elite teams, playoff teams dont make these mistakes. Weve got to be disappointed. Its just a bad feeling.
Thompson had a crazy game. He played a career-high 54 minutes and shot 9-for-26 from the field. He also went just 5-for-15 from 3-point line.Then, in the second overtime, the Warriors were leading 101-97 with 1:22 remaining and Carl Landry at the line for two shots. Landry missed both free throws and the Nuggets came back with consecutive 3-point shots.When you get down to it, we have the lead a couple of times in late-game situations and our inexperience showed, David Lee said. We missed some free throws, we had a foul to give when Gallinari gets the dunk to tie the game. The game should have been over at that point. From then on we had a couple of calls not go our way. Overall we didnt execute as well as they did in the last minute-and-half of the fourth quarter, first overtime and second overtime.Late holds: The Warriors held the Nuggets scoreless for the final 2:15 of regulation, and got buckets by Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack during that stretch to send the game into overtime.The Warriors had a shot to win it on the games last possession, but Jack missed a contested runner with time running out.Biedrins contributes: Warriors center Andris Biedrins wasnt exactly a world-beater against the Nuggets, but he was significantly better than he has been in recent games.Biedrins played a season-high 19 minutes, had eight rebounds and did a nice job defensively against Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee. Certainly the highlight of the night for Biedrins, though, and Warriors fans, was when he knocked down consecutive free throws in the first half.Biedrins entered Fridays game having missed each of his four attempts this season. Last year, Biedrins went 1-for-9 from the foul line. The year before that Biedrins shot 32.3 percent from the line in 2010-11 and the year before that (2009-10) he shot 16 percent from the line.First-half ugliness: The shooting in the first half was deplorable, and both teams were in on it. The Warriors shot 34 percent and the Nuggets 32.7 percent, and the result was a predictably low 40-39 halftime score in favor of Denver.David Lee and Klay Thompson both went 5-for-13 from the field through 24 minutes. Lee labored to get anything to go down on the interior against the active and energetic Kenneth Faried and the long and athletic JaVale McGee. Lee had four of his shots blocked in the first half, and had to go out on the perimeter a little ways to get a few to go down.Thompson seems to be falling in love with the 3-point shot. He took seven of them in the first half, making only two. Exactly how much is he loving it? Well, 44 percent of his overall attempts have come from beyond the arc, which most coaches will tell you is too high of a percentage in any league.Except maybe Warriors coach Mark Jackson.Before the game, Jackson was asked about his teams perimeter shooting and whether the looks his players are getting are good ones.Im not going to tell my guys to turn down great looks, Jackson said. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson they shoot the basketball. I dont want them thinking about it.Tyler out: Warriors second-year forwardcenter Jeremy Tyler was sent home before Saturdays game because of sickness. Tyler saw his first action of the season on Friday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers.Tyler had six points on 3-for-4 from the field in six minutes in the game eventually won 101-77 by the Lakers.Supporting Greg Willard: NBA coaches, along with NBA officials, announced that for the remainder of November they will be wearing special purple awareness wristbands provided by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to raise awareness of the disease.NBA official Greg Willard was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and has the lowest five-year survival rate of all major cancers at six percent.

Report: W's encouraged by KD's rehab, hopeful for regular season return

Report: W's encouraged by KD's rehab, hopeful for regular season return

When the Warriors announced the severity of Kevin Durant's knee injury, they did not rule out a return before the end of the regular season.

And based on the progress of his rehab, the team is "hopeful" but "cautiously optimistic" that Durant will indeed play before the end of the regular season, according to ESPN.

The Warriors have 11 games remaining on their schedule and their final regular season game is April 12 against the Lakers.

On Tuesday, prior to the Warriors game against Dallas, Durant was seen working out on the court and putting up jump shots.

Just a day earlier, Durant worked up a good sweat while riding a stationary bike in Oklahoma City.

Durant is expected to be re-evaluated by the Warriors' medical staff next week.

After initially struggling without Durant, the Warriors have won five straight games. Durant sat on the bench for the road wins in Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Over the weekend, Warriors PG Stephen Curry and PF Draymond Green addressed Durant's recovery.

“You can tell he’s making improvements and following the game plan,” Curry told the media. “I see him in the weight room doing cardio stuff trying to stay as close to game shape as he can while he’s hurt. You like to see improvements every day. We still don’t know when he’ll be back.”

“When he’s ready, we’ll know,” Green told the media. “But it’s not really our job to try to figure out every day how he’s doing. You can kind of see he’s getting better and you just leave it at that.”

 

Adonal Foyle recalls brutal first talk with Don Nelson

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Adonal Foyle recalls brutal first talk with Don Nelson

SAN FRANCISCO -- He is among the greatest basketball coaches ever to walk a sideline. Creative and abrasive, accomplished yet unfulfilled, all wrapped in a 6-foot-7 package of Svengali.

Some say Don Nelson, who served two stints coaching the Warriors, was brutally honest, others insist needlessly cruel. There is little dispute, though, that “Nellie” could be as subjective as the sun is hot.

If you were one of “his guys,” you could do little wrong.

If you weren’t, you knew it early and you heard it often -- as former Warriors center Adonal Foyle, who was on the roster for 10 seasons, discovered in 2006.

“Don Nelson told me the first day he showed up at the gym: ‘You suck. You’ll never play for me. You make too much money.’ That was it,“ Foyle recalled Tuesday on the Warriors Insider Podcast.

“And he was having a cigar when he did it.”

Foyle, who returned to the Warriors in 2014 to serves as a Community Ambassador, clearly enjoyed his time with the “We Believe” Warriors, despite and because of the presence of Nelson. Foyle quickly learned about the two sides of Nellie.

Nelson had favorites. There was, in his first stint coaching the Warriors, Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway, to name two. In his second stint, there was Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson.

Yet the list of those who could not seem to escape Nelson’s doghouse may have been longer, including the likes of Terry Teagle, Tyrone Hill, Sarunas Marciulionis and, later, Al Harrington, Ike Diogu, Marco Belinelli. Nelson’s most famous object of disgust was, of course, Chris Webber.

Foyle, who logged 1,824 minutes before Nelson’s arrival in 2006, played only 475 minutes in 2006-07.

“I knew I wasn’t going to play, because he made it clear,” Foyle recalled. “So I could be pissed off. I could be angry.

“I’m just going to be there. I’m just going to do my job the best way I could for that year. And I’m just going to learn. And I’m just going to help our where I can. I’ll help my teammates out. I’ll do the job that I’m paid to do.”

Foyle, the team’s all-time leader in blocked shots (1,140), scored a total of 107 points that season. His 50 blocks ranked third on the team. His ratio of blocks, one every 9.5 minutes, led the team.

The Warriors staged a furious rally to close the season, ending a 13-year postseason drought by gaining the No. 8 seed. They pulled off an epic upset, stunning top-seeded Dallas in the first round.

The Utah Jazz in the second round eliminated the Warriors in five games, the last played on May 15.

Ninety days later, Nelson and the Warriors bought out Foyle’s contract. He spent his final two seasons in Orlando and Memphis.