Warriors edge Suns in season opener, 87-85


Warriors edge Suns in season opener, 87-85

Warriors 87, Suns 85
Player of the game: Carl Landry finished with 17 points and a couple of big buckets to help the Warriors win their regular-season opener against the Suns in Phoenix.Key stretch: Landry hit a tough bucket inside with a little over a minute left to put the Warriors 85-84, and then knocked down an elbow jumper with 54 seconds left to give the Warriors an 87-84 lead.

It was just a great overall effort, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. When you talk about winning, youve got to be willing to sacrifice. We have a group that is buying in. Weve got to be extremely satisfied. It was ugly, but I remember we would lose ugly games.
Lee, Curry struggle: David Lee and Stephen Curry had openers to forget. Curry, who signed a four-year, 44 million contract earlier in the day, missed his first 10 shots against the Suns and finished 2-for-14 from the field for five points.VIDEO: David Lee postgame
Lee also couldnt get much to go down, missing 14 of his first 16 shots on his way to a 2-for-16 shooting night. He finished with just six points, but it was his feed to Landry with 1:04 left that gave the Warriors a one-point lead.Defensively we continue to grind it out, compete and execute, Jackson said. We missed shots but if you would have told me that David Lee and Stephen Curry would go 4-for-30 from the field, I would have said we were in trouble.Strength in numbers: The Warriors believe this years team is deeper than past teams, and it showed early. The Warriors opened up a 17-point lead -- 42-25 -- early in the second period thanks to the substitutes.Brandon Rush was the best player on the floor in the first half, scoring 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting.How well did the bench play? Well enough that despite Stephen Curry going 0-for-5 from the floor and David Lee 2-for-11 from the field, they still led 48-42 at halftime.

Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'


Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

There are some people out there who are still extremely bitter about Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

An eighth grade Spanish teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma issued a handout on the first day of school.

Part of it read:

DON'T BE A ... Kevin Durant
KD left the OKC Thunder last summer after falling to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Following the end of the season, he decided it was in his best interest to join the very same team that had just knocked him out of the playoffs. Don't be like KD. Don't take the easy way out. Things like cheating, plagiarizing, and copying your friends homework may not seem like a big deal now but they are building habits that can significantly hinder you later in life. Additionally, always strive to finish what you've started. Half-finished homework is unfinished homework. Don't try to turn in an assignment if you have not done what is necessary and expected.

DO BE A ... Michael Jordan
MJ! The GOAT! 6 championships, 4 MVPs. Yadda yadda. The greatest thing this man ever did? Saving the Looney Tunes from a lifetime of servitude to an alien race. Did MJ take the easy way out? Did he ever back down from a challenge? NO! Be like Mike. Learning a new language is a challenging thing and parts of this year are going to be...

And then the words get cut off.

Well, Kevin Durant got wind of this and responded on Twitter:

If anything happens to this teacher, we will let you know...

Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award


Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

According to NBA players, Andre Iguodala is not the best sixth man in the league.

On Friday morning, Lou Williams was recognized as the "Best off the Bench" player.

At the inaugural NBA Awards Show in late June, Iguodala finished runner-up in the Sixth Man of the Year race to Rockets guard Eric Gordon.

Iguodala received 43 first-place votes, 34 second-place votes and nine third-place votes.

Gordon registered 46 first-place votes, 40 second-place votes and eight third-place votes.

Williams was a very distant third with five third-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 15 third-place votes.

He averaged 18.6 points and 3.2 assists over 58 games with the Lakers last season, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep.

In 23 regular season games with the Rockets, Williams averaged 14.9 points and 2.4 assists on 38.6 percent shooting overall and just below 32 percent from 3-point territory.

Against the Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals, Williams struggled to the tune of 7.3 points per game. He shot 35 percent from the floor and below 18 percent from distance.

Iguodala played arguably his best game of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- 20 points (9 for 14 FG), four rebounds and three assists.

For the series, his +60 mark led the Warriors by a comfortable margin (Draymond Green +30, Kevin Durant +33, Steph Curry +30, Klay Thompson +22).

Iguodala was rewarded with a 3-year, $48 million contract this summer.

I doubt he cares whatsoever about falling short for this award...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller