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.

Reports: Rockets acquire Lou Williams from Lakers

Reports: Rockets acquire Lou Williams from Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have swung their first deal of the Magic Johnson Era, agreeing to send Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a future draft pick.

Brewer's agent Wallace Prather confirmed the terms of the trade, which were first reported Tuesday by Yahoo Sports. Neither team immediately revealed the trade publicly.

"Thanx for the love L.A., I've enjoyed my stay," Williams wrote on Twitter.

Williams led the Lakers in scoring at 18.6 points per game, playing off the bench. Brewer was averaging 4.2 points for Houston.

The trade came hours after the Lakers announced the firing of general manager Mitch Kupchak and put Johnson in charge of basketball operations - part of a massive front office shake-up.

And while the draft pick will help the Lakers' future, the Rockets just got deeper.

Williams has scored more points off the bench than anyone else in the NBA this season - and Eric Gordon, the newly crowned 3-point shootout champion at All-Star weekend - is No. 2 on that list.

Reserves have three games of 35 points or more in the NBA this season, all by Williams, all in a dazzling seven-day span in early December. He had 40 points against Memphis, 38 against Utah and 35 against Phoenix.

Williams has also been to the playoffs six times with three different teams, seeing action in 41 postseason contests. He's under contract for $7 million next season.

Brewer is also under contract for next season, at about $7.6 million.

"Thanks to everyone in the Houston Rockets organization for my time here," Brewer wrote in a statement released on Twitter. "A special thanks to all the great fans of the Rockets for making this city a special place to live and play."

Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

On Tuesday morning, the Lakers made sweeping changes to their front office.

Magic Johnson is now the president of basketball operations and both general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive VP of basketball operations Jim Buss were fired.

Los Angeles -- looking to hire a new GM -- originally targeted Warriors GM Bob Myers, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

But as Wojnarowski reports: "After Myers signed a recent contract extension, it became clear to Lakers brass that it would be unable to lure Myers."

In September, the Warriors promoted Myers from general manager to president of basketball operations/general manager.

Myers was named the NBA Executive of the Year following the 2014-15 season.