Tough stretch for Warriors starts with Jazz


Tough stretch for Warriors starts with Jazz

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If there’s one guy who embodies the persona of this Golden State Warriors team, it’s Jarrett Jack.

The veteran backup guard is as persevering as he is gritty, and his tell-it-how-it-is attitude is honored in the Warriors locker room.

The 29-year-old, in his eighth season and playing for his fifth team, was counseling rookie Festus Ezeli after Saturday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

“He wasn’t happy with a couple of plays for himself individually down the stretch, I just shared with him a moment I had my rookie year worse than that,” said Jack, who is averaging 15.5 points and six assists off the bench in December.

The tough overtime loss to the Lakers might be tough to swallow for some of the team’s young players, but Jack’s voice in the locker room was that of moving on and not dwelling.

Soon after, he was chatting with Stephen Curry and Harrison Barnes about the loss but more so about the big picture of the team’s direction from there.

Jack made it clear that the Warriors aren’t interested in moral victories, and he feels the team can win every game.

“The NBA has a bunch of ups and downs,” Jack said. “You have to stay on the straight and narrow, and put the last game behind and move forward.”

It was the team’s final game before a mini-break for Christmas that ends tonight for a road game against the Utah Jazz.

Harder from here

The real test begins now.

As the Warriors head into 2013, the schedule makes a dramatic shift to playing more difficult teams. If they were playing junior varsity, they’re now stepping up to varsity.

Eight of the last 12 Warriors’ opponents have held records below the .500 mark at the time the teams met.

The Warriors went 8-4 during that 12-game stretch, including wins at the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks, but losses to the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and two to the Orlando Magic.

But if the NBA’s regular season is a challenge of various tests, this midterm exam might be one of the more difficult.

With the season just passing its one-third mark, the Warriors begin a stretch of 10 games that include eight teams above .500. Included in that stretch are road games at the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and home games versus the Boston Celtics, Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Heat.

Starting in Utah

Tonight’s road contest against the Jazz offers a new set of challenges for the Warriors.

Golden State’s frontcourt will be tested by the size and depth of the Jazz. Utah features the tandem of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap that combines for 30 points and 18.3 rebounds per game.

But the depth doesn't end there, as young power forwards Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors, and center Enes Kanter, provide further rebounding and scoring.

Golden State is ranked No. 4 in the league in rebounding and Utah enters tonight ranked No. 8. The Warriors are 17-2 this season when they outrebound their opponent.

David Lee leads Golden State's rebounding efforts at 11.3 per game. The star forward is also averaging 20 points per game and leads the league in 20-point, 10-rebound games.

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NBA Gameday: Durant's debut the most anticipated in Warriors history

NBA Gameday: Durant's debut the most anticipated in Warriors history

OAKLAND – For a full two years, the Warriors fantasized and fetishized about this night. They analyzed and plotted and planned. They pinned their hopes on the probability they could bring it to life.

And now it’s here. Kevin Durant joining forces with Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and most of the core that only 16 months ago won an NBA championship.

In facing the San Antonio Spurs in the season opener Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, the Warriors raise the curtain on a new era of not only their organization but also the NBA itself.

The Spurs, though finally without Tim Duncan, are the NBA’s established elite. The Warriors are new wave. And about to get ever more cutting edge.

The league could not have scripted this any better unless the Cleveland Cavaliers were coming to Oracle.


Warriors by 9


Stephen Curry vs. Tony Parker. No matter what Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and newly acquired Pau Gasol can produce, it won’t generate much of advantage of Curry is roasting Parker. There was a time this was a marquee matchup. Curry now is primed to dictate the game.


Warriors: C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) is listed as out.

Spurs: G Danny Green (L quad strain) is listed as out.


The Warriors last season won three of four, and have won four of the last six overall. Prior to that the Warriors had lost 21 of 23. San Antonio has lost three straight in Oakland.


1) It’s two great coaches and a clash of styles, with the Warriors operating best with a relatively small lineup that speeds up the pace and the Spurs built to play big and control tempo. Which team will be able to impose its will?

2) Durant’s debut is the most anticipated in Warriors history; yes, even more than that of Chris Webber in 1993. The excitement level in the building will be ultra-high. How long will it take for Durant and his teammates to settle into the game?

3) Will the Spurs know how to act if Tim Almighty Duncan is not on the court or the bench or anywhere on the roster?

Adonal Foyle issues 24-question quiz to Warriors fans

Adonal Foyle issues 24-question quiz to Warriors fans

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The Warriors went 30-52 during the 1996-97 season.

A couple months later, Golden State selected Adonal Foyle with the eighth overall pick in the draft.

Over the next 10 seasons, Foyle averaged 4.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over 19.1 minutes per contest.

During Foyle's first five seasons, the Warriors won 97 games and lost 281 games.

Over the next five seasons, Golden State won 185 games and lost 225 games.

Foyle started six games for the 2006-07 "We Believe" Warriors -- his last season with the franchise. He retired two years later.

On Tuesday morning -- hours before the Warriors begin the quest for their second title in three years -- the big man posted a 24-question quiz on The Players' Tribune.

Foyle also included the following in his intro:

"In the spirit of what should be an exciting 2016–17 season , here’s a quiz to determine how well fans really know their favorite team. Older Golden State fans should score pretty well, while younger fans may learn a bit about the Warriors of the past. Answers at the bottom."

The 24 questions:

1) Let’s start out easy. Which bridge is featured in Golden State’s “city” logo?

2) Six Warriors have had their uniform numbers retired. Can you name them?

3) Don Nelson is the NBA leader in regular-season coaching wins. How many of his victories came as Golden State’s coach?

4) Why did the San Francisco Warriors rename themselves the Golden State Warriors in 1971–72?

5) When was the last time the Warriors hosted the NBA All-Star Game? (Bonus: Who won the slam dunk contest that year?)

6) Before it was me, who was the franchise’s all-time leader in blocked shots?

7) Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers have played in the last two NBA Finals. Who is the only player to have his number retired by both the Warriors and the Cavs?

8) Which fast food franchise named a burger after Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway?

9) Name the Golden State player who had back-to-back 51-point games in 2000–01.

10) Name the four Warriors in the photo below.



11) Which We Believe team member is currently Golden State’s all-time leader in field goal percentage?

12) Don Nelson was an All-America when he was in college. Where did he go to school?

13) Everyone knows that Run-TMC was Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin. In 1990–91, when the trio got its name, what other two players were most likely to round out the team’s starting five?

14) During the 1970–71 season, the Warriors had a player-coach. Who was it?

15) Steph Curry is the franchise’s all-time leader in three-pointers made with 1,593. Klay Thompson is second all-time with 1,060. Who is third?

16) Jason Richardson spent six seasons with Golden State. For whom was he traded in 2007?

17) Two current NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches are former Warriors. Can you name them?

18) When is this season’s Kevin Durant–bobblehead night?

19) If you’re taking BART to the game, what’s the nearest stop to Oracle Arena?

20) How did the We Believe campaign start?

21) What number did Latrell Sprewell wear when he played for Golden State?

22) Three former Warriors, including Baron Davis, were named the Gatorade National Player of the Year when they were in high school. Who are the other two?

23) Outside of the visitor’s locker room at Oracle Arena, there’s a hole in the wall that was made by an opposing player after a 2007 playoff game? Who was the player, and how did he make the hole?

24) Name the Warrior who wore number 24?

The 24 answers:

1) The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge

2) Wilt Chamberlain, Tom Meschery, Al Attles, Chris Mullin, Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond

3) Nelly won 422 games in two stints as Golden State’s coach – from 1988 to ’95, and from 2006 to ’10. In his career, he won 1,335 games.

4) In the 1971–72 season, the Warriors played most of their home games in Oakland, but they also played six games in San Diego. The team was renamed Golden State in an effort to represent the entire state of California.

5) The Warriors hosted the 2000 All-Star Game in Oakland. Vince Carter won the slam dunk contest.

6) Joe Barry Carroll is second all-time in blocks with 836. Erick Dampier is is third with 728.

7) Nate Thurmond, originally from Akron, Ohio, had his uniform number retired by both the Warriors and Cavaliers.

8) McDonald’s branded the sandwich as the “Chris and Tim Burger” (or “Tim and Chris Burger” — depending on who you ask.) Toppings included an all-beef patty, barbecue sauce, melted cheese and crispy bacon.

9) Antawn Jamison scored 51 points against the SuperSonics in Seattle on Dec. 3, 2000. He followed that performance up three days later with 51-point night against the Lakers at The Arena in Oakland.

10) Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Morrow, Anthony Randolph and C.J. Watson

11) Andris Biedriņš shot .595 from two-point range in six seasons.

12) Iowa

13) Alton Lister and Tom Tolbert

14) Al Attles coached and played that year. He won an NBA championship as the coach in 1974–75.

15) Jason Richardson (700)

16) Brandan Wright

17) One is St. John’s coach Chris Mullin. The other is Steve Alford, the coach at UCLA. (The Mavericks took Alford with the 26th pick in the 1987 NBA draft. He played part of the ’88–89 season in Golden State.)

18) The Kevin Durant Limited Edition Bobblehead Night will be on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Dolls will got to the first 10,000 fans to enter the arena.

19) Coliseum Station

20) During the 2006–07 season, Paul Wong, a 34-year-old Warriors fan from Alameda, spent about $7,000 out of his own pocket to create the first We Believe paraphernalia. It took off from there.

21) 15

22) Chris Webber and Al Harrington

23) In 2006–07 Dallas entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the West, having won 67 regular-season games. The Mavs met the Warriors, the West’s No. 8 seed, in the first round — and ran smack into the We Believe train. After the sixth and deciding game (a 111–86 Golden State victory) of the historic series upset, a frustrated Dirk Nowitzki hurled a trash can at the wall on his way to the locker room. Today, Nowitzki’s autograph adorns a plexiglass panel over the hole, which has never been repaired.

24) Rick Barry