Warriors score 41 in 1st quarter of big win over Wizards

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Warriors score 41 in 1st quarter of big win over Wizards

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Warriors 120, Wizards 100Player of the game: Warriors shooting guard Monta Ellis had 25 points on 10-for-16 from the field and eight assists to help the Warriors end their five-game road trip with a victory.It was a season-high in points for the Warriors, who finished their trip with a 2-3 record.

Theres no magic about winning in this league, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. If you put in the effort an inside-outside attack and we defended. We paid attention to the script and this was a much-needed win.Key stretch: The Warriors had been having great difficulty in third quarters on the road trip. Through their first four games, the Warriors had been outscored by an average of 10 points in the third.
That was rectified against Washington. The Warriors outscored the Wizards 24-20 in the period, which may not sound like much, but it gave the Warriors an 89-71 lead heading into the fourth quarter.3-pointers return: Through the first four games of the road trip, the Warriors were awful from 3-point range. They had gone just 13-for-71 from beyond the arc (18.3 percent) against Indiana, Atlanta, Philly and Toronto.But they broke out in a big way against Washington, going 8-for-10 from 3-point land on their way to a 65-51 halftime lead.For the game, the Warriors went 15-for-23 (65 percent) from 3-point range.We havent shot the ball well the whole road trip, said Stephen Curry, who returned and played nine minutes. We just came out and played defense early and then saw a couple of shots go in and our momentum was back.Monster first: After scoring just 28 points in the second half against Toronto on Monday, the Warriors resembled a different team in the first quarter against Washington.The Warriors scored a season-high 41 points in the first quarter, taking complete control of the game. By midway through the second period, the Warriors led the Wizards by 25 points 53-28.Curry returns: Warriors guard Stephen Curry played his first extended minutes since straining a tendon in his right foot against Phoenix on Feb. 22.Curry missed the first game of the Warriors road trip on Feb. 28, then played three seconds the following night when coach Mark Jackson used him as a decoy on a last-second play.However, Curry then sat out the next two games vs. Philly and Toronto before returning against the Wizards.Curry didnt start, however, and entered the game midway through the first quarter. He played just five minutes in the first half and nine minutes total, but Curry found a way to score 12 points during that time.

Report: W's encouraged by KD's rehab, hopeful for regular season return

Report: W's encouraged by KD's rehab, hopeful for regular season return

When the Warriors announced the severity of Kevin Durant's knee injury, they did not rule out a return before the end of the regular season.

And based on the progress of his rehab, the team is "hopeful" but "cautiously optimistic" that Durant will indeed play before the end of the regular season, according to ESPN.

The Warriors have 11 games remaining on their schedule and their final regular season game is April 12 against the Lakers.

On Tuesday, prior to the Warriors game against Dallas, Durant was seen working out on the court and putting up jump shots.

Just a day earlier, Durant worked up a good sweat while riding a stationary bike in Oklahoma City.

Durant is expected to be re-evaluated by the Warriors' medical staff next week.

After initially struggling without Durant, the Warriors have won five straight games. Durant sat on the bench for the road wins in Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Over the weekend, Warriors PG Stephen Curry and PF Draymond Green addressed Durant's recovery.

“You can tell he’s making improvements and following the game plan,” Curry told the media. “I see him in the weight room doing cardio stuff trying to stay as close to game shape as he can while he’s hurt. You like to see improvements every day. We still don’t know when he’ll be back.”

“When he’s ready, we’ll know,” Green told the media. “But it’s not really our job to try to figure out every day how he’s doing. You can kind of see he’s getting better and you just leave it at that.”

 

Adonal Foyle recalls brutal first talk with Don Nelson

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Adonal Foyle recalls brutal first talk with Don Nelson

SAN FRANCISCO -- He is among the greatest basketball coaches ever to walk a sideline. Creative and abrasive, accomplished yet unfulfilled, all wrapped in a 6-foot-7 package of Svengali.

Some say Don Nelson, who served two stints coaching the Warriors, was brutally honest, others insist needlessly cruel. There is little dispute, though, that “Nellie” could be as subjective as the sun is hot.

If you were one of “his guys,” you could do little wrong.

If you weren’t, you knew it early and you heard it often -- as former Warriors center Adonal Foyle, who was on the roster for 10 seasons, discovered in 2006.

“Don Nelson told me the first day he showed up at the gym: ‘You suck. You’ll never play for me. You make too much money.’ That was it,“ Foyle recalled Tuesday on the Warriors Insider Podcast.

“And he was having a cigar when he did it.”

Foyle, who returned to the Warriors in 2014 to serves as a Community Ambassador, clearly enjoyed his time with the “We Believe” Warriors, despite and because of the presence of Nelson. Foyle quickly learned about the two sides of Nellie.

Nelson had favorites. There was, in his first stint coaching the Warriors, Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway, to name two. In his second stint, there was Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson.

Yet the list of those who could not seem to escape Nelson’s doghouse may have been longer, including the likes of Terry Teagle, Tyrone Hill, Sarunas Marciulionis and, later, Al Harrington, Ike Diogu, Marco Belinelli. Nelson’s most famous object of disgust was, of course, Chris Webber.

Foyle, who logged 1,824 minutes before Nelson’s arrival in 2006, played only 475 minutes in 2006-07.

“I knew I wasn’t going to play, because he made it clear,” Foyle recalled. “So I could be pissed off. I could be angry.

“I’m just going to be there. I’m just going to do my job the best way I could for that year. And I’m just going to learn. And I’m just going to help our where I can. I’ll help my teammates out. I’ll do the job that I’m paid to do.”

Foyle, the team’s all-time leader in blocked shots (1,140), scored a total of 107 points that season. His 50 blocks ranked third on the team. His ratio of blocks, one every 9.5 minutes, led the team.

The Warriors staged a furious rally to close the season, ending a 13-year postseason drought by gaining the No. 8 seed. They pulled off an epic upset, stunning top-seeded Dallas in the first round.

The Utah Jazz in the second round eliminated the Warriors in five games, the last played on May 15.

Ninety days later, Nelson and the Warriors bought out Foyle’s contract. He spent his final two seasons in Orlando and Memphis.