Warriors dismal in overtime, fall to Jazz 99-92


Warriors dismal in overtime, fall to Jazz 99-92


Jazz 99, Warriors 92 (OT)Player of the game: Utahs Derrick Favors had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Utah, which raised its overall record to 22-22 and home record to 17-6.
Key stretch: The Jazz started overtime on a 6-0 run, getting two buckets from Favors and a jumper from Gordon Hayward. That was too big a deficit to overcome for the Warriors.
Missed opportunities: The Warriors had a shot to win the game late, but couldnt come through with the game on the line. Golden State had the ball with 27.8 seconds remaining and the game timed.Nate Robinson milked the clock and then went to the bucket, but his push shot in the lane got blocked, which gave Utah one last shot at it.But Devin Harris missed a long jumper that could have won it for the Jazz.Jeffersons debut: As far as first games go, it wasnt one to remember for newly acquired Richard Jefferson. It started OK, but when downhill after that.Jefferson missed 12 of his 14 shots against the Jazz, and making matters worse, he missed his last 12. But Warriors coach Mark Jackson used Jefferson a lot playing him 38 minutes.Jefferson was able to chip in a little bit in other areas, finishing with six rebounds and two assists.Turnover bug: The Warriors did an excellent job of taking care of the ball in the first half, committing just three turnovers. Not coincidentally, the Warriors took a 51-46 into intermission.Then came the third quarter, and it went a little haywire for Golden State. The Warriors committed seven turnovers in the first nine minutes of the period, and, again, not coincidentally, the Jazz took a 69-65 lead into the fourth quarter.Injuries, absences abound: Both the Warriors and Jazz were missing a slew of players for Saturday nights game. The Warriors were without starting point guard Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) and center Andrew Bogut (broken left ankle).The Jazz were missing starting center Al Jefferson, whose grandmother passed away, Raja Bell (strained left adductor) and Earl Watson (sprained left ankle).Ford waived: Newly acquired point guard T.J. Ford was waived by the Warriors on Saturday. Ford was part of the trade that sent Richard Jefferson and the Spurs first-round pick to the Warriors for Stephen Jackson.Ford had announced earlier this season that he would be retiring because of neck and spine injuries. The Spurs put Ford into the trade as a way of shedding his contract, which was worth approximately 1 million.The Spurs will likely be a luxury tax team. So waiving Ford saves them a pro-rated portion of his salary now and will save them another 1 million at the end of the season when the tax kicks in.NBA teams must pay a dollar-for-dollar penalty if they are over the luxury tax.

Players Voice Awards: Draymond not the 'Best Defender'


Players Voice Awards: Draymond not the 'Best Defender'

The players have spoken.

The 2017 Players Voice Awards pick for "Best Defender" goes to...

Kawhi Leonard.

On June 26, Draymond Green took home the Defensive Player of the Year award at the first annual NBA Awards Show.

He received 73 first-place votes, 22 second-place votes and three third-place votes. (Yes, he was left off of two ballots entirely)

Rudy Gobert was the runner-up with 16 first-place votes, 53 second-place votes and 30 third-place votes.

Kawhi finished in third with 11 first-place votes, 23 second-place votes and 58 third-place votes.

While the media recognized Draymond as the best defensive player in the NBA last season, his peers don't agree.

In 2015, Draymond finished runner-up and was left off 42 ballots.

In 2016, he finished runner-up and was left off nine ballots.

Bravo For Durant: No White House visit proves he has a set of principles


Bravo For Durant: No White House visit proves he has a set of principles

Though the Warriors have yet to receive an invitation to visit the White House in the wake of their championship season, one of their superstars already has decided he would not participate.

Kevin Durant, the NBA Finals MVP who grew up practically in the shadow of the White House, said he would not visit.

"Nah, I won't do that," Durant told ESPN on Thursday. "I don't respect who's in office right now."

Bravo for Durant. For speaking up when so many others are silent and, by acknowledging that this is an individual decision, proving he is willing to stand on a personal set of principles.

Visiting his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md. for “Kevin Durant Day,” the forward didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name but made clear his disdain for the man who currently occupies the White House.

"I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that," Durant said. "That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me."

Durant is not the first Warrior to publicly express such sentiments. Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston have specifically said they would not be willing to make the visit that has become customary for American championship teams. Coach Steve Kerr and veteran forward David West have been vocal in denouncing Trump’s discriminatory rhetoric and boorish behavior.

Uncertain whether an invitation is forthcoming, the Warriors issued a statement in June saying any collective decision regarding a White House visit would be made “when and if necessary.”

Their championship season ended two months ago. Training camp for next season begins next month. There has been no invitation.

Durant’s comments Thursday represent his first that directly address the possibility of visiting the White House. The Warriors, after their 2105 championship, made the visit when Barack Obama was president.

"I just wanted to sit back and analyze everything and gather my thoughts," he told ESPN. "I wanted to say something immediately, but I definitely want to be the voice of where I come from and people who have come from my neighborhood and deal with oppression.”

Addressing the division that has infected the national landscape, Durant pointed directly at Trump.

"He's definitely driving it," Durant said. "I feel ever since he's got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it's not a coincidence. When Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.

"So, to see that, and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top -- leadership trickles down to the rest of us. So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn't care about all people, then we won't go anywhere as a country. In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won't see any progress."

Though not all Warriors have publicly commented on the subject, Durant’s hunch is accurate. This team has a collective conscience. There are causes in which every member believes, and two such causes are equality and inclusiveness.

Those alone are enough to ensure they would not splinter on this issue.