W's spoil career night from Jenkins, fall in Portland

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W's spoil career night from Jenkins, fall in Portland

BOX SCORE

Blazers 90, Warriors 87Player of the game: Portland point guard Raymond Felton had a season-high 27 points, including 4-for-7 from 3-point range.Key stretch: With the Warriors down one point and under 30 seconds remaining, Golden State swung the ball around the perimeter on offense and wound up with a wide open 3-pointer from the corner from Brandon Rush.But Rush missed the jumper and the Warriors were forced to foul. LaMarcus Aldridge made two free throws with 20 seconds remaining to account for the final margin.The Warriors failed to get a quality shot on their last possession.Zone issues: The Warriors offense was running smoothly for two-plus quarters, and then the Blazers dropped into a zone and buckets became tough to come by.The Warriors didnt do a very good job of probing the zone and instead spent much of the shot clock passing the ball around the perimeter. What seemed to happen most of the time was a Warriors player got stuck with the ball with the clock winding down.The result was that a 47-40 halftime lead turned into a 69-63 deficit after three quarters.Lee contributes: David Lee didnt shoot the ball well, but that didnt mean he didnt contribute. Lee went just 4-for-12 from the field, but still got to the line enough to finish with 16 points. He also had 16 rebounds.Jenkins big first quarter: Charles Jenkins got the start for the injured Nate Robinson and made some things happen immediately. Jenkins had 13 points in the first quarter on a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor. Jenkins also had three assists in the quarter.Jenkins wound up with a career-high 27 points on 13-for-22 from the field.Rotating bigs: Jeremy Tyler got the start at center for the Warriors against Portland, but Warriors coach Mark Jackson used three different centers in the first period alone.Tyler played the first four minutes, then Jackson put in Mickell Gladness. And before the period was over Jackson replaced Gladness with Keith Benson.In the second quarter, Jackson went with Lee at center.No Nate: The Warriors played without point guard Nate Robinson, who strained his right hamstring during Saturdays game against the Sacramento Kings.Robinson sustained the injury late in the first half against the Kings and didnt return. The Warriors had hoped hed be ready for tip-off on Sunday against Portland.

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.