Warriors dismal in overtime, fall to Jazz 99-92

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Warriors dismal in overtime, fall to Jazz 99-92

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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.

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

OAKLAND -- Though much has been said about the agonies and challenges facing Steve Kerr, including speculation about when, or if, he’ll return as head coach of the Warriors, little has been put into words that capture the significance of his absence.

This is perhaps because it can be difficult to explain how one man is able to influence a roster of supremely talented athletes, at the wealthiest point of life, with wildly divergent personalities, at different career stages.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, a man who knows perspective as well as anyone in the NBA, took a moment Saturday to cut through the palaver and pity to offer a clear and vivid illustration of Kerr’s value as a man and as a coach.

“It’s just his presence, his personality,” Livingston began. “His character, the way he fits in with us. He’s kind of the battery pack, in the sense that he makes everybody go. He keeps us all (in harmony), everybody from staff, training staff, coaching staff to the players.

“He bridges the gaps, in the sense of communication, and he makes it light.”

In short, Kerr’s value to the franchise is far greater than his duties as a coach. He has an easy, breezy charisma insofar as he’s so comfortable submerging his own ego while being remarkably good at making everyone matter.

Moreover, Kerr is decidedly inclusive, explicitly emphatically open to ideas. He’s an outreach specialist whose sensibilities are contagious.

All of which helps create a sprightly and genial workplace, something the Warriors sought when they hired Kerr to replace the swaggering and dogmatic Mark Jackson in May 2014.

“Every day it’s something new, in a sense, and that’s hard to do,” Livingston said. “We’re here for six to nine months for the past couple years, seeing the same faces. So it is kind of like a job. But (Kerr) makes it more like a game and tries to make sure we’re enjoying ourselves out there.”

Kerr wants to live his life and coach basketball around four basic tenets: joy, mindfulness, compassion and competition. Maintaining a balance of the four can be difficult, especially when Kerr is dealing with the searing pain that has him on the sideline for an indefinite period.

But Kerr never strays far. His players seem to see and, more important, feel that.

Draymond Green and Kerr, each volatile in his own way, don’t always see eye-to-eye. Yet Green on several occasions has noted that Kerr “always seems to find the right thing to say, at the right time.”

Veteran David West points out that anyone who spends any time around Kerr can sense his basic humanity. Veteran Andre Iguodala, one of the team’s co-captains, speaks of Kerr’s curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons.

Stephen Curry, the other co-captain, kept the ball from the Warriors’ Game 4 win over Portland last Monday night, punctuating a series sweep, and gave it to Kerr, who missed Games 3 and 4 while coping with this prolonged post-surgery pain.

Lead assistant Mike Brown, the acting head coach in Kerr’s absence, concedes he has benefited from being around Kerr and this team.

“The tone he sets is the best I’ve been around,” said Brown, who has been involved in the NBA since 1992. “This is a special, special situation, and he’s big reason why.”

So it’s not just Livingston who throwing rose petals at the boss. He just happened to convey in a few words the effect Kerr has on the team and within the building.

“He’s our leader,” Livingston said. “He’s somebody that we count on.”

Warriors update health status of Livingston, Barnes

Warriors update health status of Livingston, Barnes

OAKLAND -- One day after every member of the Warriors participated in a full scrimmage, the official health updates were released.

Veteran forward Matt Barnes, out since April 8, is listed as probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that begin Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out since sustaining a finger/hand injury in Game 1 of the first-round series against Portland on April 16, is listed as questionable -- but with an asterisk.

“Hopefully, we’ll be ready for Tuesday,” Livingston said after a light workout Saturday.

Livingston informed NBCSportsBayArea.com earlier this week that he would have been available, hypothetically, if the Warriors were facing a Game 7.

As for Kevin Durant, who missed five weeks with a knee injury before returning April 8, only to sustain a calf strain in Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, he’s fully available.