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

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

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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.

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.