OAKLAND Big night for Warriors rookie KlayThompson.Hell start out defending Kobe Bryant Tuesday night when theLakers come to Oracle Arena to play Golden State.Youve got to compete, said Thompson, when asked how heapproaches that challenge. Hes going to get his shots and his points. Youjust have to make it tough on him. Its not just my job, were going to have todo it collectively. Thats for all the Lakers players their big men, Kobe,(Ramon) Sessions."With Kobe, youve got to get into him and compete. If youback down hes going to feel that and hes going to go right at you.Bryant is averaging 28.3 points per game, which leads theNBA. He also could have added motivation after coach Mike Brown kept him out ofa chunk of crunch time during Sundays game against the MemphisGrizzlies.Mostly, its about going out there and playing withpassion, said Thompson, who is averaging 18 points and 3.2 assists in 10starts this season. Thats what it mostly comes down to. Its going to be achallenge, starting and playing 30-35-40 minutes. Im looking forward to it,though. Hes the leading scorer in the league and thats what you play in theNBA for.
OAKLAND -- Six days after sweeping Portland to advance to the second round of the playoffs, the Warriors now know their opponent.
The Utah Jazz put together a sterling performance Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles to vanquish the Clippers and earn the right to meet the defending Western Conference champion Warriors.
Game 1 is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, with Game 2 scheduled for Thursday night. Tipoff for both games is 7:30.
The Warriors faced the Jazz three times in the regular season, winning twice. They won in their only trip to Salt Lake City, 106-99 on Dec. 8. Twelve days later, at Oracle Arena, the Warriors romped to a 104-74 win.
The Jazz posted their lone victory on April 10, a 105-99 win at Oracle Arena.
Those numbers are, for all intents and purposes, ancient history. The Warriors never faced a fully healthy Jazz team, not that it matters much to Draymond Green and his teammates -- particularly if the Warriors carry over the intensity shown in closing out Portland last Monday night.
“Whoever it is in front of you, if you’re locked in like that, if we’re locked in like that, I think we can beat anyone,” Green said after practice Sunday. “And I don’t care who it is. When we have that type of focus level, I think, no matter who you put in front of us it’s over.”
Below is the schedule for the Western Conference Semifinals series between the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz:
GAME DAY, DATE TIME (PDT) LOCATION
GAME 1 Tuesday, May 2 7:30 p.m. Oracle Arena
GAME 2 Thursday, May 4 7:30 p.m. Oracle Arena
GAME 3 Saturday, May 6 5:30 p.m. Vivint Smart Home Arena
GAME 4 Monday, May 8 6:00 p.m. Vivint Smart Home Arena
GAME 5* Wednesday, May 10 TBD Oracle Arena
GAME 6* Friday, May 12 TBD Vivint Smart Home Arena
GAME 7* Sunday, May 14 TBD Oracle Arena
OAKLAND, CA – The Golden State Warriors will celebrate the 2007 “We Believe” team on Tuesday, May 2, during Game 1 of their Conference Semifinals series at Oracle Arena, the team announced Sunday. The celebration takes place one day shy of the 10-year anniversary of the 2006-07 Warriors completing their historic First Round upset over the #1 seeded Dallas Mavericks on May 3, 2007, when they posted a 111-86 victory in Game 6 at Oracle Arena to become the first #8 seed to prevail over a #1 seed in a best-of-seven series.
Several members of that iconic Warriors team will be on-hand for the celebration, including Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Jason Richardson, Monta Ellis, Al Harrington, Kelenna Azubuike, Adonal Foyle, Patrick O’Bryant and Zarko Cabarkapa. Another member of that team, Matt Barnes, is currently playing for the Warriors.
To help celebrate the occasion, limited-edition “We Believe” 10-Year Anniversary t-shirts will be available for purchase at WarriorsTeamStore.com starting Tuesday morning, and at Oracle Arena beginning on Tuesday night. These special gold t-shirts feature the same “We Believe” logo that was emblazoned across the front of the fan t-shirts given away at Oracle Arena throughout the 2007 NBA Playoffs, with a special 10-year logo on the sleeve.
Led by Head Coach Don Nelson, the 2006-07 Warriors finished the regular-season with a 16-5 record over their final 21 games to finish with a 42-40 record and claim the #8 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs, marking the team’s first winning season and postseason appearance in 13 years. Facing the heavily favored Mavericks, who finished the regular-season with an NBA-best 67 wins, Golden State won Game 1 in Dallas to steal home court advantage and returned to the Bay Area with the series tied 1-1. Having waited more than a dozen years to host a Playoff game, Warriors fans packed Oracle Arena long before tip-off of Game 3 and roared as the Warriors won Games 3 & 4 at home. After falling in Game 5 at Dallas, the Warriors returned to Oracle Arena and over 20,000 fans wearing their gold “We Believe” t-shirts for Game 6. Holding a two-point lead early in the third quarter, the Warriors went on a 24-3 run that blew the game open in an eventual 25-point series-ending victory.
Limited tickets for the We Believe Celebration and all home games during the Western Conference Semifinals are still available. Fans looking to attend Warriors games during the 2017 NBA Playoffs are encouraged to purchase tickets directly from the team by visiting warriors.com, calling 1-888-GSW-HOOP or at the Oracle Arena Box Office. Warriors.com offers fans the only verified marketplace for all Warriors ticket needs, including official resale tickets from Season Ticket Holders and other fans, that is guaranteed by the Warriors organization. The Warriors resale marketplace offers a safe and convenient way for fans to access all levels of tickets throughout the regular season and playoffs. The Warriors have sold out 232 consecutive games at Oracle Arena and currently have a Season Ticket Priority Wait List of over 39,000 members.
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