Warriors fall to Memphis 110-92

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Warriors fall to Memphis 110-92

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OAKLAND The Warriors had lost a pair of heartbreakers to the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this year each by a point. On Wednesday night at Oracle, there was no drama to be found. The Grizzlies got up 21-4 to start, got past a Warriors comeback and won going away.

Grizzlies 110, Warriors 92Player of the game: Memphis small forward Rudy Gay had 26 points and 12 rebounds to help lead Memphis to their third win of the year against the Warriors.Key stretch: The Warriors were down only 56-51 at halftime, but Memphis controlled the entire third quarter and pushed the lead to 11 by the start of the fourth quarter.Initially we didnt compete, we didnt get after it and they got whatever they wanted early on, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. They pushed the ball and got easy field goal opportunities. dominated us in the paint. As a coach you dont want to have to coach energy, effort, passion. just an embarrassing effort for us.Another bad third quarter: The Warriors had another bad third quarter against the Grizzlies, like they did in four of their five road games. Before the final game of the Warriors recently concluded trip, the Warriors had gotten outscored by an average of 10 points in each of the first four games.That changed in the Warriors blowout win against Washington, but the third quarter bugaboo resurfaced. The Warriors led 56-51 at halftime and promptly fell behind by 13 points 69-56 midway through the quarter.By the end of the quarter, the Warriors were down 84-73.For three games now the fact are that when they decided to increase the volume we didnt match it across the board, Jackson said. They were too physical. They decided to play with force and we didnt match it.
Sixth man?: For the second consecutive game, Warriors coach Mark Jackson brought Stephen Curry off the bench. And for the second consecutive game, Curry shot the ball well and had a nice impact.Curry played 14 first-half minutes and scored 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting, to go along with two assists and three rebounds.Curry had 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting in just nine minutes off the bench against Washington on Monday.Lee rests: If theres one player Jackson doesnt like to take off the floor, its power forward David Lee. Not only does Lee lead the team in minutes at 37.3 mpg but Jackson will often go small and play Lee at center in order to keep him on the floor.Well, on Wednesday Jackson wasnt enamored with Lees play in the first half, nor the play of Dorell Wright. Both of those players got pretty quick hook in the first quarter after the Warriors got down big early.Lee played just nine minutes in the first half. He finished with 11 points and four rebounds.It was our second unit that brought us back, Lee said. The first unit came back in the third quarter and we cut it to two or three and they made another run and outplayed us again. It seems as though we didnt have our best night tonight and Ill take responsibility for that. No excuse for not getting a win on our homecourt tonight.Down big early: For the second time in as many games against the Grizzlies, the Warriors got down big early. In the Warriors Feb. 18 game against the Grizzlies in Memphis, they got down 27-9 before coming back and regaining the lead only to eventually lose 104-103.On Wednesday, the Warriors got down 21-4 by the midway point of the first quarter. But just like in Memphis the Warriors came back.In fact, the Warriors had a 36-35 lead by the eight-minute mark of the second half.

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.