Warriors blow out Jazz behind Monta's 33


Warriors blow out Jazz behind Monta's 33


OAKAND The Warriors played a solid second half on Thursday night, turning a close game into a lopsided win over the Jazz. The game was the final one of a six-game homestand for the Warriors, and with the win they finish it at 3-3.Warriors 119, Jazz 101Star of the game: After shooting 12-for-43 from the field in his previous three games, Monta Ellis broke out and broke out in a big way against Utah. Ellis had 33 points but that was only part of the story.
Part 2 of the story was how efficient he was along with Stephen Curry. Ellis went 13-for-21 from the floor, including 3-for-7 from beyond the arc.You cant expect that night in and night out, Jackson said of Curry and Ellis play. We really, in the second half, separated ourselves offensively. We executed, we took care of the basketball, we limited their second-chance opportunities and we defended. A thing of beauty unselfish basketball.Key stretch: The Warriors used a 13-2 run to finish the third period, giving them separation from a close game. Ellis closed the period in spectacular fashion, converting on a beautiful alley-oop layup from Curry and then knocking down a long 3-pointer with two seconds remaining in the period.That stretch took the Warriors from a 75-75 tie to an 88-77 lead. In the quarter, the Warriors outscored the Jazz 40-31.In the third quarter, we gave up 40 points, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. We got away from executing our offense and that was one of the things that we were concerned about right from the beginning. You get into an uptempo game with them at a fast pace and take early shots, theyre really dynamic at taking advantage of your turnovers.Curry impressive: Curry had one of his best games of the season, perhaps his best as a matter of fact. He finished with 29 points and 12 assists and was every bit as efficient as Ellis.Curry went 10-for-14 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line.First-half struggles: There were some good numbers halfway through the game as far as the Warriors were concerned, but one troubling one.The Warriors committed only five turnovers in the first half and outrebounded the Jazz 27-21. Problem was, the Warriors shot only 38 percent during the first 24 minutes, with David Lee struggling more than everyone else.Lee shot just 2-for-12 from the field in the first half and Nate Robinson was 0-for-5.Banged-up backcourt: The Jazz were without three important backcourt contributors on Thursay night. Neither Raja Bell (strained abductor) nor Earl Watson (sprained ankle) made the trip to Oakland, and Devin Harris was a late scratch because of a hamstring injury.Before the game, Jackson was asked whether Utah being shorthanded in the backcourt would impact his strategy.You dont attack them differently, Jackson said. They are a very good team, a well-coached basketball team with veterans and proven guys. Ive seen in the past as a player, announcer and as a fan where somebody goes out and somebody steps up and plays great basketball.We dont want that to happen. In a situation like with Watson Jamaal Tinsley is a proven guy and more than capable of going out and doing whats asked of him. We dont blow that up and make a point to do anything out of the ordinary. If we take care of our business, it will not matter who is in uniform.

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.