Warriors blown out by last-place Hornets

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Warriors blown out by last-place Hornets

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Hornets 102, Warriors 87Player of the game: Former Warrior Marco Belinelli had a big night for the Hornets, scoring 22 points, handing out six assists and picking up three steals.Belinelli played two years for the Warriors from 2007 through 2009 before being traded to the Toronto Raptors for Devean George.Key stretch: The Hornets opened the second quarter by going on a 12-2 run behind a couple of buckets by Greivas Vasquez and Carl Landry to open up a 39-26 lead. By halftime the lead was 17 and it was never too close after that.Robinson-for-Jenkins, Jenkins-for-Robinson: Nate Robinson returned to the starting lineup for Wednesdays game, but he didnt appear to have it, at least not in the first half. Robinson strained his right hamstring on Saturday against the Kings and hadnt played since.In his absence, Charles Jenkins had handled the point guard responsibilities, and he scored a career-high 27 points on Sunday against Portland.Robinson went scoreless (0-for-5 from the field) in 14 first-half minutes, and apparently coach Mark Jackson had seen enough. Jenkins started the second half in Robinsons place.Robinson eventually checked in late in the third quarter.

Troubling half: The Warriors didnt have much to be proud of in the first half. They couldnt put the ball in the hole, couldnt stop the Hornets and turned the ball over too much.New Orleans went into intermission shooting 63 percent from the field, while the Warriors shot just 42 percent. Outside of Lee, who was 5-for-10 from the field in the half, no Warriors player made a significant contribution on the offensive end.Rush had nine points in the first half, but he managed only three shots from the field and wasnt a big part of things. Or at least not as big a part of things as he was against the L.A. Lakers on Tuesday, when he scored 23 points in Golden States 104-101 loss.The Warriors committed 10 turnovers in the first half, and so when they went into the locker room down 57-40, its no wonder they were accompanied by a heavy chorus of boos.The 10 turnovers were particularly troubling because the Warriors committed only five turnovers against the Lakers on Tuesday. That equaled a franchise-low.

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

OAKLAND -- With Kevin Durant out of the Warriors lineup Saturday night with swelling in his left pinky finger, rookie wing Pat McCaw will start at forward against Brooklyn at Oracle Arena.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement two hours before tipoff.

As for Durant, the contusion in his left pinky finger, sustained Thursday, is still in the healing process.

“Kevin’s hand is still a little swollen,” Kerr said. “It’s not anything we want to mess around with. We’ve got a long trip coming up, a lot of games. It made sense to give him the night off. We’ll have tomorrow off, flying in to Philadelphia. So hopefully the next couple days it’ll calm down and be fine. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”

The decision to start McCaw -- who often competes with Ian Clark for playing time -- was based mostly on how he matches up against the Nets.

“They both have my trust and my confidence,” Kerr said. “Both of them are very effective. It’s depending what we need. If we need ball movement and cutting, I’m more likely to go to Ian. He’s a great back-cutter and he gives our offense flow and he’ll make spot-up shots. If we need some size defensively, we’ll go to Patrick. They’ve both been effective. I wouldn’t say either one is ahead of the other. They’re both going to play.”

Report: Warriors could pursue PG Calderon if bought out by Lakers

Report: Warriors could pursue PG Calderon if bought out by Lakers

While the Warriors appear to like D-League call-up Briante Weber, they could have a chance to add a veteran point guard to that final roster spot.

Weber's second 10-day contract expires after Saturday night's game against the Nets. If the Warriors chose not to sign him for the remainder of the season, they could pursue veteran point guard Jose Calderon.

Calderon, currently under contract with the Lakers, will reportedly be bought out of his deal in the next few days, according to ESPN.

If Calderon hits the open market next week, the Warriors and Rockets could be among the suitors for his services, according to the report.

The 35-year-old veteran is averaging 3.3 points and 2.1 assists in 12.2 minutes over 24 games this season for Luke Walton and the Lakers.