Warriors self-destruct in 4th, fall to Grizzlies 91-90

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Warriors self-destruct in 4th, fall to Grizzlies 91-90

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OAKLAND The Warriors had a 20-point lead late in the third quarter and 16-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but squandered it away. Golden State committed nine turnovers in the final period and were outscored by the Grizzlies 39-22.

Grizzlies 91, Warriors 90Star of the game: Mike Conley scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including six in the final three minutes to help the Grizzlies to their seventh win in a row.Turnovers galore: The Warriors committed 24 turnovers on the night including 12 combined by Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry which led to 27 Memphis points. The Warriors had nine turnovers in the fourth quarter, many of them leading to fastbreak points. The Grizzlies had 16 fastbreak points on the night all of them coming in the fourth quarter.You think its over and you begin to freestyle and ad-lib and all of a sudden you give a team hope and life, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. To start that fourth quarter, we could have knocked them out and they would have been ready to play their bench guys and pretty much surrender. They got underneath our skin and we didnt respond individually or collectively.Key stretch: With the Warriors clinging to a three-point lead with less than three minutes to go, they committed turnovers on consecutive possessions, each leading to Memphis scores which gave Memphis its first lead since the first lead since 2-0.It boils down to youve got to take care of the basketball, Jackson said. And turnovers absolutely sap the energy of teams and we witnessed it tonight. That had an effect on how we were defending. It was just bad basketball. We just threw the ball all over the place.Biggest lead: Late in the third quarter, the Warriors led the Grizzlies 63-43. That 20-point lead was the Warriors biggest lead of the season. The Warriors were up 19 points against both Chicago and New York, Games Nos. 2 and 3 on the year.Still, it slipped away and turned into the most disappointing loss of the season.Sometimes you dont have to say anything, Jackson said. No speech, no sermon, no message. We all know what took place. You dont want to say anything spur of the moment and well reflect and then talk about it.Winless vs. West: The Warriors entered Mondays game having played only five games against Western Conference, the fewest amount of games against conference teams of any other team.With the loss, the Warriors are 0-6 against Western Conference teams, the only team in the league winless in that area. Mondays game against Memphis was the first of 15 consecutive games against the West.Grizzly start: Memphis was just 15-for-40 from the floor at halftime (37.5 percent), but if you take away its two leading scorers Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol it got even worse. A lot worse.Outside of those two players, the rest of the Grizzlies were shooting 20 percent (4-for-20).Defense first: The Warriors had their best defensive stretch of the season in quarter No. 1. They held the Grizzlies to just 27.3 percent shooting from the field (6-for-22) and forced them into five turnovers.The 13 points given up were a season-low for the Warriors for points in a first period.Getting critical: Warriors coach Mark Jackson remains optimistic about his team, but facts are facts and they were 5-10 before Mondays game against Memphis.Jackson said the Warriors are improving, but not fast enough at this point.What you dont want is to run out of time, Jackson said. There comes a point where you have to speed up the process and we are at that point. We have a great part of the schedule where we will be at home against some very good teams. But in our building you have to take care of business. This is going to be a great stretch for us to begin to show who we are and cement our identity.

Curry blames weatherman for career-worst 0-for-11 from 3-point range

Curry blames weatherman for career-worst 0-for-11 from 3-point range

In the wake of a 119-108 Warriors win over the 76ers Monday night in Philadelphia, Stephen Curry had a ready explanation for his 0-of-11 shooting 3-point distance.

He didn’t properly account for the change in weather.

“The weatherman said it’s like a low-pressure system that was coming in (and) I forgot to adjust to the thickness of the air,” he told reporters at Wells Fargo Center.

Curry’s comment may open to interpretation, but it was clear his sense of humor remained intact even after a career-worst shooting night beyond the arc.

He wasn’t the only Warrior finding it difficult to score from deep. Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green combined to go 5-of-20. The Warriors were 6-of-29 from deep, their second-lowest total of the season.

“It’s weird,” he said. “Not to discredit anything they did. The first half we had a lot of open looks that didn’t go in. Klay made a couple down the stretch. KD made one. Draymond made one from the corner.

“Other than that we still took really good shots that didn’t go in. But for us to still have moxie to withstand that and still pretty much have the lead the whole game and allow our defense to get us a win tonight was kind of our M.O.”

Given that Curry owns the single-game record for triples (13) as well as the single-season record (402), it was most alarming that he couldn’t find at least one. And he had opportunities.

“It happens but you have to try and find other ways to impact the game,” he said. “I was trying to get to the paint a little bit more and just try to make plays. One thing is I don’t get down on myself. Obviously, that’s why I got 11 of them up. I still have confidence the next one is going in and that will stay the same tomorrow.”

The Warriors face the Wizards Tuesday in Washington. In Curry’s last appearance at the Verizon Center, last Feb. 3, he went for 51 points. He was 11-of-15 from deep.

“What I love about Steph is he went 0-11 tonight from three but you wouldn’t know it if you looked at his face,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He never loses confidence; he never hangs his head. It is a sign of a guy with ultimate confidence in his ability and the awareness that it is one of those nights.

“He is likely to come out tomorrow and make about seven in a row at some point. So that’s what I love about Steph. He keeps playing.”

Draymond hits personal reset button, sets tone in win over 76ers

Draymond hits personal reset button, sets tone in win over 76ers

In the hours before tipoff Monday night, Warriors coach Steve Kerr fielded questions about Draymond Green, who not only played well beneath his standard in the previous game but also exhibited a couple flashes of temper, including one directed at Kerr.

“He had one of those nights; it just wasn’t his night,” Kerr told reporters in Philadelphia. “Things didn’t go his way. He was frustrated. I’m very confident that tonight he’ll bounce back.”

Yes, he did. One game after allowing his emotions to undermine the best of his game, Green pushed his personal reset button and drove the Warriors to 119-108 victory over the 76ers.

It was a rather predictable performance insofar as Green generally responds to poor games by making a statement of his strength.Or, should we say, strengths.

Though the numbers -- 14 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, five steals, a plus-22 over 37 minutes -- tell a significant story, Green’s impact, as usual, extended beyond statistics. He set a strong positive tone, and when he does that it can offset subpar performances by his teammates.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who can play,” Kerr said afterward. “So on a night like tonight, where Steph (Curry) doesn’t have it going, we’ve got plenty of other guys who can score and make plays and a lot of them came through.

“I thought Draymond was really the player of the game. He just brought incredible energy and set a good tone right from the beginning of the game.”

On a night when Stephen Curry’s shot abandoned him (0-of-11 from deep, 7-of-23 overall), Green scrambled to provide whatever was needed, when it was needed. He was particularly adept at setting his teammates, as evidenced by his game-high assists total.

“One guy can’t do it every night,” Green told reporters. “Two guys can’t do it every night. Sometimes, it’s got to be a complete team effort. Tonight, it was that.”

The Warriors shot 41.7 percent through the first three quarters and 44.9 for the game. The Sixers battled them to a virtual standoff on the glass. The Warriors got by mostly with free throws (33-of-39) and Green’s effort and smarts.

That Green is a difference-maker in unconventional ways, often beyond the box score, is what makes him unique.

And it’s what makes it easier to cope with those nights when he’s as much of a headache to his team as the opponent, as was the case Saturday, when was 1-of-10 from the field, had more turnovers (three) than assists (two) unleashed some frustrations.

“Draymond’s value to us is his defense and rebounding and basketball IQ and intensity,” Kerr said before the game. “His shot is going to come and go. He’s going to have games where he makes some threes. He’s going to have games where he doesn’t. But it really doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me is everything else that he does for us. That’s where his real value comes in.”

Kerr clearly was confident that Green would revert to being his customary self. Green can create waves, which result in turbulence along the journey, but on the vast majority of occasions, he’s there for his teammates and his coaches.