W's open second half with ugly loss in Indiana


W's open second half with ugly loss in Indiana


The Warriors started the second half of the season with a ... thud.Trying to build on a two-game winning streak, the Warriors got down big early, made a run in the second quarter and then were run off by the Pacers the court in the second half.The Warriors five-game road trip continues on Wednesday against Atlanta.Pacers 102, Warriors 78
Player of the game: Danny Granger seemed to toy with the Warriors on Tuesday, scoring 25 points in 29 minutes and scoring those points on a variety of defenders.In his previous seven games against the Warriors, Granger had averaged 31.6 points -- most against any opponent -- so in one respect the blowout loss helped Golden State limit Granger more than usual.After all, Granger didnt play in the fourth quarter.Embarrassing, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. We got outworked, did not take care of the basketball and allowed them to get into transition. The disappointing part is that we allowed out inability to make shots affect the way we defended.Key stretch: The Warriors stumbled late in the second quarter and it put them in a hole they couldnt get out of. The Pacers held a 41-37 lead with just under three minutes to play, but wound up outscoring the Warriors 11-1 to take a 52-38 halftime lead.During that stretch, the Warriors turned the ball over twice, missed four shots and allowed the Pacers two second-chance opportunities.This game was lost at the end of the second quarter, Jackson said. End of the first quarter we put together a run, got back into the game. But the end of the second quarter they go on an 8-1 run turnover, fastbreak, turnover, fastbreak. Thats where they won the ballgame.Missing 3-ball: Its no secret the Warriors rely heavily on the 3-point shot, so when theyre not falling Golden State can be in some trouble like on Tuesday.The Warriors missed 16 of their first 17 shots from beyond the arc so it was no wonder they were down 67-44 midway through the third quarter. When the Warriors cant connect from long range, it puts more pressure on their offense to score in other ways and that sometimes can be problematic because they have a lack of an inside game.For the game, the Warriors were 3-for-22 from beyond the arc.We went into the break playing great basketball and had a rhythm, Jackson said of wins over the L.A. Clippers and Phoenix. And tonight everything we had going for us was everything we didnt have tonight. We missed shots and youre going to miss shots. But we didnt win ballgames because we made shots, we won ballgames because we defended, took care of the ball and got back in transition.But you cant game plan for lack of effort, you cant game plan for turning the ball over and you cant game plan for giving up second-chance points.
Bad start: The Warriors didnt exactly come back from the break clicking on all cylinders. In fact, it was the opposite of that. The Pacers jumped out to a 10-0 lead, holding the Warriors scoreless for more than three minutes to start the game.No Curry: The Warriors played on Tuesday night without starting point guard Stephen Curry, who was nursing a strained tendon in his right foot.Curry sustained the injury in the first quarter of last Wednesdays game against the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors are calling Currys status day to day, however it seems like a longshot that Curry would play Tuesday at Atlanta.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.