Steinmetz's Instant Replay: W's secure first home win


Steinmetz's Instant Replay: W's secure first home win


Player of the game: Carl Landry continued his impressive and efficient play for Golden State, which won its first home game of the season. Landry played 26 minutes and made the most of it scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds.Landry went 8-for-10 from the floor against Cleveland, and in five games this season he is averaging 17 points per game and shooting 67.3 percent from the floor.Key stretch: The Warriors had gotten into a little bit of a sluggish rut early in the third quarter and found themselves behind 69-67 midway through the third. But Golden State went on a 16-3 run to take back control of the game.As has been the case, Landry was in the middle of the important stretch, scoring six of the teams 16 points over that period.Converting turnovers: The Cavaliers didnt commit an inordinate number of turnovers, but the ones they did commit the Warriors usually turned into something positive.The Cavaliers committed 16 turnovers, which led to 30 Golden State points.Jumping out: The Warriors jumped out to a 15-point lead less than eight minutes into the game thanks to the perimeter shooting of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.Curry had 15 points and Thompson nine after one quarter, as the Warriors led 37-21. The lead would hit 17 in the second quarter, but Cleveland made a push and cut things to 56-51 late in the first half.David Lee, who missed shootaround because of the flu, played 19 minutes in the first half and was productive. Lee went 6-for-9 in the half and had 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.Lee played his best game of the young season on Wednesday, and it shouldnt have come as any surprise with the Cavaliers short-handed up front.He ended up with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and once again logged plenty of minutes 38 -- for coach Mark Jackson. Lee entered the game averaging just 12.5 points and shooting 40 percent from the field. Still, he came into the game averaging more than 36 minutes per contest second only to Stephen Curry, who came in averaging 38-plus minutes per game.Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 28 points and seven assists.Interior advantage: Its not every game that the Warriors have a tangible advantage on the inside particularly now with Andrew Bogut limited.But the Warriors were a heck of a lot more healthy than the Cavaliers on Wednesday, as Cleveland was missing starting center Anderson Varejao and key backup Tyler Zeller.Those injuries left the Cavaliers with a starting four-five combination of Samardo Samuels (6-foot-9) and Tristan Thompson (6-foot-9).

Spurs beat Grizz, advance to face Rockets in Western Conference semis

Spurs beat Grizz, advance to face Rockets in Western Conference semis


MEMPHIS, Tenn -- Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-96 Thursday night to take the series 4-2.

The Spurs now have beaten Memphis four of the five playoff series between these teams, and this was San Antonio's second straight win over the Grizzlies in the first round.

Tony Parker added 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Patty Mills had 10 points off the bench for the Spurs. San Antonio outrebounded Memphis 46-28, with 16 of those offensive boards. That led to 17 second-chance points.

Their semifinal with Houston will start Monday night in San Antonio.

Mike Conley scored 26 points, leading the five Memphis starters in double digits. Marc Gasol added 18, Zach Randolph 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Vince Carter had 12 points.

The Grizzlies fell to 3-10 in elimination games, losing six straight.

This was a taut game with 16 ties and nine lead changes, especially with four ties in the fourth quarter.

The Spurs took control after the Grizzlies went up 88-81 on three free throws from Conley with 6:29 left. Then Leonard scored eight straight for San Antonio, starting a 22-8 run to finish the game.

Even with Conley and Gasol a combined 2 of 10 in the first quarter, the Grizzlies trailed only 24-22 after Conley knocked down a 3 at the end of the quarter for his first bucket of the game. Conley hit another 3 for the final shot in the second quarter, putting Memphis up 50-45. The team that led at halftime won each of the first five games.

Parker hit his first six shots before finally missing his seventh with 29 seconds left in the first half.

The Grizzlies took their biggest lead at 57-47 on a 3-pointer by James Ennis III. That gave Memphis as many made 3s (9 of 17) as the Spurs had attempted (3 of 9) at that point. Randolph's layup with 7:19 left matched that 10-point lead at 63-53.

Then the Spurs went on a 13-3 run over a 4-minute span to erase that lead on Aldridge's three-point play at 67-66. Aldridge finished with nine points in helping the Spurs lead 75-74 at the end of the quarter.


Spurs: They improved to 36-15 with a chance to clinch a series under coach Gregg Popovich, who took over in the 1996-97 season. ... Manu Ginobili converted a four-point play with 1:31 left in the third, putting the Spurs up 73-69. ... The Spurs wound up tying the Grizzlies' reserves with 16 points thanks to Mills.

Grizzlies: The Grizzlies set a franchise record hitting eight 3-pointers in the first half, topping the previous mark of seven in the second half May 1, 2005, against Phoenix. ... Conley has 20 or more points in five straight playoff games, the longest such streak in franchise history.


Memphis coach David Fizdale earned a $30,000 fine from the NBA for his "Take that for data" rant about the free throw discrepancy in Game 2. Well, Leonard was 9 of 10 at the free throw line through three quarters compared to the Grizzlies' 7 of 8. The Spurs were 18 of 20 through three quarters. The Spurs finished 22 of 25 compared to 20 of 24 for Memphis.

Warriors GM Myers 'very, very confident' Kerr will return to coaching

Warriors GM Myers 'very, very confident' Kerr will return to coaching

Steve Kerr did not coach in Game 3 or Game 4 against the Blazers and is out indefinitely.

On Thursday, Warriors GM Bob Myers spoke with Jim Rome about Kerr's situation.

“What he’s going through right now is not a product of stress, it’s not a product of coaching, it’s more a physical issue that will be solved," Myers started. "When it will be solved, no one can say. But it is solvable, it’s fixable and like I said, he’s going to coach, but right now he just can’t.

"There’s some things that need to be corrected. But I think he’ll get back. I’m very very confident he will be back coaching, I just can’t say when.”

Kerr was not at practice on Wednesday and is consulting with specialists at Stanford this week.

Kerr is finishing up Year 3 of the five-year deal he signed back in May 2014.

"I think this guy is going to coach for a long time, because he thoroughly enjoys it," Myers said. "He really loves the game, and he is a great teacher. And you’ve had him on, I’m sure you’ve met him and talked to him. It’s one thing to know the game, but he has the ability to communicate it and our players clearly respond.

"So I can see that’s why a question you’d ask I totally get it and other people have asked but no I think he’s going to be in this game for a long time, we just have to get him back healthy now.”

The Warriors' next practice and media availability is on Friday.

The next series against the Jazz or Clippers will start on either Sunday or Tuesday.