Thompson, Lee lead Warriors over Hornets 101-92

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Thompson, Lee lead Warriors over Hornets 101-92

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Warriors 101, Hornets 92Player of the game: Warriors rookie shooting guard Klay Thompson scored a game-high 27 points on 11-for-24 shooting and chipped in with five rebounds and five assists.
Key stretch: The Warriors began the fourth quarter up just three points, but went on a 17-7 run to take a 92-79 lead with less than six minutes remaining.Lees finish: Warriors forward David Lee started out against the Hornets by promptly missing his first seven shots, then proceeded to knock down nine of his next 12 attempts. Lee finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds.Tyler starts: Warriors rookie Jeremy Tyler got the first start of his career on Wednesday, and didnt do a bad job. Warriors coach Mark Jackson played Tyler in shorter bursts rather than keeping him on the court for long stretches.But Tyler still found time to score four points, grab four rebounds and block two shots in nine-plus first-half minutes. Tyler wound up playing 16 minutes.Currys status: The Warriors have still not determined how they will proceed with Stephen Curry and his injured right ankle.Curry, who last played on March 11 vs. the Los Angeles Clippers, has tweaked his ankle several times in the past two year, and the Warriors havent been able to figure out why.Warriors general manager Larry Riley said on Wednesday that the teams staff and medical team will huddle this weekend and discuss and analyze Currys situation.The Warriors said they will have an update on Curry after the meeting. If the Warriors decide to shut down Curry, which conventional wisdom says they will, hell finish the season averaging 14.7 points and 5.3 assists in 28 minutes per game. Curry has played just 26 games this season.Hickson to Portland: The Warriors were hoping that former Kings forward J.J. Hickson would clear waivers so they could sign him. But the Portland Trail Blazers wound up claiming Hickson off waivers. It is possible the Warriors will sign another big player to help on the frontline.

Warriors' championship-level defense may never get recognition it deserves

Warriors' championship-level defense may never get recognition it deserves

The Warriors talk defense from sunup to midnight, and maybe beyond. They explain why defense is essential to their offense, which gets universal praise -- accolades that should go to their defense.

The latest example came Monday, when the NBA announced its All-Defensive teams.

Warriors forward Draymond Green was voted to the first team, one vote short of unanimously, and none of his teammates joined him on the five man first team.

Or the five-man second team.

Guard Klay Thompson finished 12th in the balloting, with 45 votes, including 16 for first place. He was omitted from 71 of 100 ballots.

Forward Kevin Durant finished 23rd, with six votes, all second place. He was omitted from 94 ballots. Guard Stephen Curry finished 29th, with three votes, omitted from 97 ballots.

Forward Andre Iguodala finished 30th, with three votes, including one for first place, and was omitted from 98 ballots.

As always, there was some dubious voting, including the omission of Green from one ballot and the inclusion of Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas -- who ranked 410th among the league’s 411 defenders with a rating -- on one ballot.

But the Warriors continue to be identified by their No. 1-ranked offense while being more accurately defined by their defense, which ranked No. 2 in defensive rating.

It ranked No. 1 in practically every other category that matters. The Warriors were tops in field-goal percentage defense (overall and from 3-point distance), fewest points per shot, blocks and steals.

But if they were hoping for more recognition for the primary reason why they’ve won two championships in three seasons -- and more regular-season games in a three-year span than any team in NBA history -- that’s not happening.

Not now, and maybe not any time soon when folks are so mesmerized by the offensive fireworks provided by Curry, Durant and Thompson.

Draymond Green receives most votes on 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Team

Draymond Green receives most votes on 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Team

For the third straight season, Draymond Green is considered one of the best five defenders in the NBA.

The NBA announced Monday that Green was named to the 2017 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Of the 100 ballots submitted, according to the NBA, Green received 99 first-place votes, but no second-place votes, meaning one voter left Green off their ballot.

Green is joined by Utah's Rudy Gobert, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles' Chris Paul and Houston's Patrick Beverley.

Gobert and Leonard also recieved 99 of a possible 100 First or Second team votes.

Green, Leonard and Gobert are the three finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year, which will be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards Show in New York.

Green is the first player in Warriors franchise history to earned All-Defensive First Team honors three years in a row.

In a season when he had several game-saving plays, Green averaged 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.38 blocks and a league-leading 2.03 steals in 76 games. Green was also the first player in franchise history with at least 150 steals and 100 blocks in a season.

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson received eight First-Team votes and 29 Second-Team votes for a total of 45 points. NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant received six Second-Team votes. Sixth Man of the Year candidate Andre Iguodala received one First-Team vote and one Second-Team vote. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry received three Second-Team votes.

Below are the voting results for the 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Complete media ballots will be posted at NBA.com/official tomorrow (Tuesday, June 27).