Warriors open season with 105-86 loss to Clippers


Warriors open season with 105-86 loss to Clippers


The Warriors took a 43-41 lead into the half of their season-opener at Oracle Arena, but the Clippers responded with a 34-point third quarter to hand Mark Jackson a 105-86 loss in his NBA coaching debut.
Player of the game: Chris Paul wasnt his spectacular self for much of the night, but he was when it counted late in the fourth quarter. Paul, who finished with 20 points and nine assists, knocked down three straight shots which gave the Clippers a 13-point lead with 2:38 remaining, their biggest of the night.Defensive issues: Warriors coach Mark Jackson wasnt pleased by the fact his team gave up 64 points in the second half something he felt was the difference in the game.Sixty-four points in the second half just wont cut it, Jackson said. We didnt pay attention to detail. Had breakdowns. We didnt stick to our principles and we allowed them to play to their strengths. When you do that in this league youre going to lose. Thats just the way it is.

Progress in the first: The Warriors defense in the first half wasnt bad, though. They held the Clippers to 41 points and just 33 percent shooting from the field and went into halftime with a two-point lead.We are a team right now that plays in spurts, Jackson said. Great teams dont do that. It gets you in trouble. There are times when we looked like we knew what we were trying to accomplish and what we worked on. And then there were times in the third and fourth quarters we looked like a lost basketball team.

Bench strength: If the Warriors are going to have a good year, chances are their bench is going to have to be consistently solid. But when Jackson went to his subs in the first quarter, they struggled.Jackson took out Stephen Curry after Curry picked up his second foul midway through the period, and then he removed Andris Biedrins and Dorell Wright. At the time, the Warriors were up six, but by the end of the period, the Clippers led 24-20 and Klay Thompson and Ekpe Udoh had gone a combined 0-for-5.Thompson battled through first-game jitters and wound up with seven points in 19 minutes but shot just 2-of-8 from the field.Its a big-time adjustment, Thompson said. Any college player going into the NBA is going to be an adjustment. I had more confidence in the second half. But it was my NBA debut so I was nervous at first but felt better in the second half.Backcourt troubles: Curry and Monta Ellis combined to go 8-for-31 from the field and committed nine turnovers between them. After spraining his right ankle in Tuesdays exhibition game, Curry wore a brace on it for Sundays game against the Clippers.He said the injury had nothing to do with his poor game.It felt fine, Curry said of his ankle. I was able to get four days of treatment and was able to go tonight. I didnt play the way I wanted to but it didnt have anything to do with the ankle.
Productive start: Andris Biedrins, who has had back-to-back unproductive seasons, got off to a nice start against the Clippers. He scored the first bucket of the season with a little lefty half-hook, converted a layup off a feed from Curry and then followed up an Ellis miss with a dunk.He did all that in the games first five minutes, helping Golden State jump out to a 12-6 lead. Biedrins finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.Sellout No. 1: As you would figure, the Warriors sold out Sundays regular-season opener with a crowd of 19,596 at Oracle.

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

OAKLAND -- About an hour after general manager Bob Myers said the defending champion Warriors would soon gather to determine their response to any potential invitation from the White House, Stephen Curry reiterated his personal views.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry said during Media Day on Friday.

Curry has previously stated this position, one he shares with several teammates. Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala also have expressed no interest in visiting President Donald Trump. David West has made clear his distaste for Trump’s boorish conduct.

But Curry has thought not only about the subject but also how he reached his conclusion.

“That we don't stand for basically what our president has -- the things that he said and the things that he hasn't said in the right terms -- that we won't stand for it,” he said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.

“It's not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things, from (Colin) Kaepernick to what happened to (Michael) Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that we need to kind of change. And we all are trying to do what we can, using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that.”

Officially, the Warriors have made no firm decision. They will discuss the matter in the coming day in hopes of reaching a consensus.

Though Curry understands the final decision will be made every consulting with every voice in the locker room -- including coach Steve Kerr, who also has been critical of Trump -- he’s unwavering about his personal stance.

“It's not just me going to the White House. If it were, this would be a pretty short conversation,” he said.

“Like I said, it's the organization; it's the team. And it's hard to say because I don't know exactly what we're going to do in lieu of or if we do go or if we don't go or whatever.

“But my beliefs stay the same. I'll have a better answer for that once I can kind of understand where the group is, too.”

While Iguodala passed on delivering his stance, citing that he had been prepped on the subject by the team’s media relations staff, Durant -- like Curry -- said he has to take the opinions of his teammates into consideration.

“It's going to be tough to change my mind,” Durant said, “but we're going to talk about it as a team and figure out the next steps from there.”

West did not divulge his decision, opting to firmly state he “will let everybody know my opinion” once the team meets on the subject.


Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words


Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said

Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road. 

"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."

Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.

The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.