The Warriors' loss to Denver and Klay Thompson's role in it


The Warriors' loss to Denver and Klay Thompson's role in it

Goodness.So much happened in the Warriors demoralizing 107-101double-overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets at Oracle on Saturday.Where do you even begin? Well, lets just get into one thingright now, the thing that most fans seem to be focusing on: KlayThompson.Its not the two foul shots that Thompson missed late in thefirst overtime -- that could have sealed the game -- that were mostdisappointing about his game. Not to me, anyway.Hey, once in a while you hope its not a trend stufflike that happens. You miss a pair of free throws down the stretch. You canlive with that. More the issue was his shot selection and what was a prettyquick trigger on offense, and apparently not fouling when the Warriors had oneto give at the end of the first overtime.One of his more questionable decisions came in the secondovertime when he took a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:33 left, the Warriorsup four, and 15 seconds remaining on the shot clock.That was a bad shot in any league, though the miss ended upbeing rebounded by Carl Landry. Unfortunately, Landry missed both free throwswith 1:22 left and Denver would go on to knock down consecutive 3-pointers tobasically win the game.STEINMETZ'S INSTANT REPLAY: Warriors can't seal the deal
Thompson went 9-for-26 from the field on Saturday night,including 5-for-15 from 3-point range in a career-high 55 minutes. One issuewas that the two foul shots Thompson missed with 13 seconds left and theWarriors up two points in the first overtime were his only free throws of thegame. Thats pretty much unacceptable from a two-guard in 55 minutes.Thompson has got to start defining his game by more thanjust deep jumpers.Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been stressing for a whilenow that Thompson is a diverse player. Either Jackson is wrong or Thompson hasto start showing it.Forty-six percent of Thompsons shots this year have comefrom beyond the 3-point arc, and his 52 of them lead the league. Hes shooting 36.5percent from 3-point range. Jackson isnt doing Thompson any favors bycontinuing to say his guards are getting great looks and he wants them to keepfiring away from out there.In fairness to Thompson, 26 shots in 55 minutes isn't thategregious. Thats not a crazy number of shots for a two guard playing that manyminutes. More troubling than the shot attempts are the minutes Thompson played.Again, thats Jackson.RELATED: Klay Thompson season stats
Its fair to question why Thompson played such an inordinateamount of minutes and it also seems fair to wonder whether fatigue was a factorfor him late.Having said that, if youre going to give him a break withthe number of attempts, then you have to ask for more than just five reboundsand one assist in that many minutes not to mention bringing to the table anintangible or two.As for not fouling Danilo Gallinari at the end of the firstovertime with the Warriors having one to give, well have to take Jacksonsword for it that the instructions in the huddle to do so wereexplicit.Thompson left without speaking to reporters afterward. Butwhat seems a touch strange was that while Gallinari was handling the ball outat the top for a few seconds, none of the Warriors coaches seemed to beyelling for a foul there. They seemed to be mostly watching the play.Admittedly, that might not have anything to do withanything, but that seemed to be the case.So, yes, go ahead and put most of the blame for this loss onThompson.But lets be honest, Thompson is the least of the GoldenState Warriors concerns right now. Hes not the problem. The way I see it,Thompson is still the biggest asset on the teams roster and remains a playerwith a nice upside.Bad game for Thompson? You bet. But he was just one of manyWarriors players -- and coaches who were responsible for that devastating loss.

How Donald Trump started war with sports as 'the greatest mirror for America'

How Donald Trump started war with sports as 'the greatest mirror for America'

OAKLAND -- As President Donald Trump lurches closer to certified insanity, he is unwittingly doing the country a great service that, should we survive his dangerously whimsical term, will bring us closer to realizing our potential.

He’s unifying the previously disconnected and energizing the formerly apathetic. He’s even shaming some of those previously beyond shame.

It is because of Trump’s rage, unleashed in a span of less than 24 hours, that the NBA champion Warriors were more united Saturday morning than they were Friday afternoon.

After a speech in Alabama urging NFL owners on Friday to fire any “son of a bitch” who dared to protest peacefully to shine a light on injustices, Trump woke up Saturday and turned his Twitter ire upon Stephen Curry and the Warriors, conceivably the most wholesome representatives of American sports.

“That’s not what leaders do,” Curry said after practice Saturday.

“We know we’re in a fight,” Warriors center David West said. “And we’re going to continue to fight for our right to be human beings.”

But by advocating the job loss of peaceful protesters and then informing the Warriors they are not welcome at the White House -- because Curry said he’s not in favor of going -- we can only hope Trump has flung open a door of activism that never closes.

Trump’s radical combo ignited mighty blasts of blowback from players and coaches and commissioners of the NBA and NFL.

Among the many NBA figures issuing statements in one form or another, with varying degrees of condemnation: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, the players association and commissioner Adam Silver.

“The amount of support I saw around the league this morning was amazing,” Curry said.

Among the many NFL figures who were moved to comment: Seahawks players Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett, Broncos lineman Max Garcia, 49ers owner Jed York, New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Packers boss Mark Murphy, the players association and commissioner Roger Goodell.

Trump has, in short, started a war with American sports.

His strike began with the comments made Friday night that were directed at Colin Kaepernick and others who have declined to stand for the anthem. Trump’s aggression intensified Saturday when he went after Curry in the morning and Goodell in the afternoon.

How did we get here?

The Warriors on Friday announced their plan to meet as a team Saturday morning to decide whether they would accept from the White House the traditional invitation extended to championship teams. Though it was fairly certain they would not, they left open the slightest possibility. General manager Bob Myers had been in contact with White House.

Curry at the time said he, personally, did not wish to go, and then he carefully and patiently expounded on his reasons.

Trump responded, at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, to tell the world that the Warriors would not be invited and, moreover, that Curry’s resistance is the reason.

And all hell broke loose.

The Warriors came back Saturday afternoon with a statement that made clear there no longer would be a team meeting on the subject, that they were disappointed there was no open dialogue and that they will instead utilize their February visit to “celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion -- the values we embrace as an organization.”

“Not surprised,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Trump’s decision not to invite the Warriors to the White House. “He was going to break up with us before we could break up with him.”

Trump has fired upon every athlete in America. He is waking up this country in ways we’ve never seen or felt and, my goodness, he’s doing so at a level we’ve needed for centuries.

“Trump has become the greatest mirror for America,” West said. “My cousin . . . she brought that to me. Because there are a lot of things have been in the dark, hidden, and he’s just bold enough to put it out on ‘Front Street.’"

NBA commissioner Silver 'disappointed' Warriors not able to visit White House

NBA commissioner Silver 'disappointed' Warriors not able to visit White House

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2017 – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the Golden State Warriors not being invited to visit the White House:

“I was in favor of the team visiting the White House and thought it was a rare opportunity for these players to share their views directly with the President.  I am disappointed that that will not happen.  More importantly, I am proud of our players for taking an active role in their communities and continuing to speak out on critically important issues.”

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