Knicks snap 10-game losing skid with 124-122 win over Warriors in OT

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By Ana Kieu

The Golden State Warriors wrapped up its brief, two-game homestand with a game with the New York Knicks at Chase Center on Wednesday night. Both teams were equally lowly so this contest was a battle of bottom feeders.

GSW’s starting lineup featured D’Angelo Russell, Glenn Robinson III, Eric Paschall, Draymond Green and Willie Cauley-Stein.

GSW had their game faces on and Warriors rookie power forward Omari Spellman had the marvelous moves. Spellman was drafted 30th overall in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. The 22-year-old played college basketball at Villanova University from 2017-18.

NYK jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, but D’Angelo Russell cut the deficit in half with a 3-pointer with 9:39 left in the first quarter. Kevon Looney then got past Knicks defenders and drove to the basket to finish off a Draymond Green pass to tie the game 15-15 with 4:49 left in the first. The Knicks, however, maintained a 10-point lead and led 30-20 at the end of the first.

GSW managed to turn defense into offense in the second quarter, but its efforts simply weren’t enough. The Knicks outscored the Warriors 38-30 and took a 68-50 lead to the locker room at halftime.

Green was on the move to start the second half and the Warriors added some pep to their step in the third quarter. Despite the traffic, Marquese Chriss shot a perfect dunk with 6:36 left in the third. Chriss was everywhere. Though GSW erased a 22-point deficit, they trailed 87-80 at the end of the third.

GSW and NYK battled until the very end, which led to a 112-112 tie at the end of regulation. The winner was to be decided in overtime. The Knicks outscored the Warriors 12-10 and escaped with a 124-122 win to snap a 10-game losing skid dating back to Nov. 18th when they routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 123-105 at Madison Square Garden.

With the loss, GSW fell to 5-21. The Warriors are now on a 2-game losing skid.

D’Angelo Russell led the Warriors with 32 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Alec Burks had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Glenn Robinson III had 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Draymond Green had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Marquese Chriss had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Willie Cauley-Stein had 7 points and 5 rebounds. Damion Lee had 6 points and 1 rebound. Eric Paschall had 5 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. Kevon Looney had 5 points and 1 rebound. Omari Spellman had 3 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Ky Bowman added 3 points.

The Warriors face the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 pm PST.

Warriors find a way to win as they down the Bulls 104-90

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By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors, after losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night, found a way to close out the game, and they recorded their fourth win of the season defeating the Chicago Bulls 104-90 at Chase Center.

The Warriors’ Draymond Green returned to action Wednesday night. He had been out with a sore heel. His experience and leadership helped the Warriors avoid the letdown that occurred Monday night. The young Warriors played well on both ends of the court. They played well on defense as they out-rebounded the Bulls 54-42. On offense, they moved the ball to find the open man and recorded 31 assists in the process.

The Bulls grabbed an early 9-1 lead in the first quarter. The Warriors then went on a 10-0 run to lead 11-9. The Warriors continued to play well, and they finished the first period leading by eight 25-17. The Bulls offense came to life in the second quarter. The Bulls’ Zach LaVine led the charge as he knocked down 18 points to cut the deficit to five 53-48 at the end of the first half. Eric Paschall the Dubs with 14, Glenn Robinson had 8, Alec Burks 7, and Omari Spellman kicked in with 7 points and 10 boards.

The Warriors continued to build the lead. They led 69-59 when Chicago went on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 69. The young Warriors did not quit. They knew what happened to them Monday night. Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss, and Omari Spellman all came through with crucial buckets to put the Warriors ahead 78-73 after three periods of play.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors–with Draymond Green on the floor–held the Bulls at bay. The Bulls made it a 3-point game 86-83. It was at this point that the Warriors went on a 16-2 run. Alec Burks knocked down two threes. Draymond hit a three. Paschall and Spellman each made a key bucket. These players played like the Warriors of the past five seasons. They won by a final score of 104-90.

Game Notes: With the win, the Warriors improve to 4-15. Chicago falls to 6-13.

Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Alec Burks had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. He also recorded 7 assists. Omari Spellman also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Glenn Robinson and Marquese Chriss each had 11.

The Bulls’ Zach LaVine provided most of the offensive punch for Chicago. LaVine had 36 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. LaVine made 4 threes in 9 tries. The only other scorer in double figures for Chicago was Tomas Satoransky, with 19 points. Lauri Markkanan and Wendell Carter had 8 points each.

Up Next: The Warriors travel to Miami to face the Heat Friday night. The game will start at 5 pm PST.

Warriors blow a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, lose to OKC 100-97

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By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors faced the Oklahoma City Thunder for the third time this season Monday night at the Chase Center. The Warriors dressed eight healthy players once again. Draymond Green was still hobbled by a sore heel. Kevon Looney, D’Angelo Russell, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson were on hand, but they watched from the bench.

The young Warriors played a very competitive game for 40 minutes. They played well on both ends of the court for most of the game. The Thunder, however, shut the Warriors down on both ends of the court the last 8 minutes and 14 seconds of the game to win 100-97.

The Warriors trailed the Thunder 13-4 early in the game. The Warriors offense, led by Glenn Robinson the third, and Ky Bowman, gave them the lead 28-25 after the first quarter. The Warriors continued to play well in the second quarter. They led by 12 with less than a minute left in the first half. The Thunder’s All-Star point guard, Chris Paul, cut the lead to six when he connected on two three-point shots. The second shot came as the buzzer sounded to end the first half. The Warriors led 59-53. Their play in the first half was highlighted by good ball movement and good defense. Robinson led the Warriors with 18, and Bowman had 16.

The Warriors continued to play well in the third quarter. All eight players made contributions to keep the Warriors in the lead. They were able to increase the lead to nine at the end of the third period. They led 83-74.

The Warriors had to feel confident that they were going to put away the Thunder. They increased the lead to fourteen when Jordan Poole connected on a three to lead 92-78. It was at this point in the game that the Thunder began their comeback. The Thunder went on a 22-5 run in the last 8 minutes and 14 seconds of the game. The Thunder wins 100-97.

Game Notes: The loss had to be very disappointing to Golden State. The Warriors made a comeback late in the game against Utah and led for most of the Way Monday night against the Thunder. They lost both games, but they are building confidence and are getting to know what each player can contribute. The team hopes that they will be better when the stars return to action.

Glenn Robinson had a career-high 25 points to lead the team. Ky Bowman also had a career-high with 24 points. Eric Paschall had a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. Jordan Poole had 11 points, 6 boards, and 4 assists. The team shot 51% from the floor in the first half. The second half was another story. They finished the night shooting 41.6%. They scored just 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Dennis Schroder, coming off the bench, led the Thunder with 22. Chris Paul had 20. Big Steve Adams had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari had 15, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 12.

The Warriors dropped to 3-15. The Thunder improved to 6-10.

Up Next: The Warriors resume play Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls. The game will start at 7:30 pm at the Chase Center.

Warriors lose a hard-fought game to the Celtics, 105-100

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By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO — The young Warriors, with six players not available due to injury, gave the Boston Celtics all they could handle Friday night. The game wasn’t decided until the last few seconds of the fourth quarter. The Celtics went on a late 11-0 run en route to a 105-100 win.

The Warriors lost their best scorer, D’Angelo Russell, in the third quarter when he sustained a sprained right thumb. He went to the locker room and did not return. Rookie Eric Paschall suffered a right hand injury, but he was able to stay in the game.

The Celtics entered Chase Center with the best record in the NBA 10-1. They were facing the team with the worst record, the Warriors (2-10). The way the game went, one wouldn’t have known which team had the best record. The Warriors scrapped all the way. They played defense, and every Warrior on the floor gave his all in the losing effort. Their effort likely pleased head coach Steve Kerr. They suffered a blowout loss Wednesday night against the Lakers in LA. They bounced back Friday night and put everything they had on the floor on Friday.

The Warriors played a very exciting first quarter. They outscored Boston 32-23. They led by 15 points 25-10 midway through the quarter. The Celtics bounced back, but weren’t able to catch the Warriors as they trailed by nine at the end of the period. The tide turned in Boston’s favor in the second quarter. The Celtics’ defense held the Warriors to 19 points. The Celtics scored 29 and finished the first half with a one-point advantage 52-51. Jayson Tatum led the Celtic attack with 17 points. Marcus Smart had nine. Jaylen Brown 8, and Kemba Walker, the team’s leading scorer, had 6. The Warriors were led by Eric Paschall’s 11, D’Angelo Russell 10, and Alec Burks 9.

The Celtics held the Warriors to 20 points in the third quarter. They scored 24 to increase the lead to 76-71 at the end of the period.

The Warriors refused to roll over. They played hard, and players such as Ky Bowman, Omari Spellman, Alec Burks, and Eric Paschall made vital buckets to keep the Warriors in the game. They tied the game at 80 and again at 88. The Warriors owned a five-point advantage 97-92 with  two minutes and 29 seconds left to play. It was at this point that the Celtics went on an 11-0 run to lead 103-97. Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker were the key Celtics making plays during the 11-0 run. The Warriors made a three to trail 1-3-100 with 3.5 seconds left. Boston made two free throws to ice the win.

Game Notes: Alec Burks led the Warriors with 20 points. Eric Paschall had 16 points and 8 boards. Draymond Green had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell finished with 12 points, Willie Cauley-Stein had 10 points and 8 boards. Omari Spellman had 8, Ky Bowman had 6, and Jordan Poole had 4.

Boston was led by Jayson Tatum’s 24 points, Kemba Walker found his game in the fourth quarter, and he finished with 20 points. Jaylen Brown had 22 points, and Marcus Smart had 15 points.

The Warriors lost their sixth in a row and are now 2-11 for the year. The Celtics won their 10th in a row and are now 10-1.

Up Next: The Warriors travel to New Orleans to face the Pelicans Sunday at 4 pm PT.

Young Warriors, behind Paschall’s tremendous effort, down Trail Blazers 127-118

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By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors led by three rookies — Eric Paschall, Ky Bowman, and Jordan Poole — and stunned the Portland Trailblazer Monday night at the Chase Center by a score of 127-118. It was the Warriors’ first win at the Chase Center this season.

The Warriors were again without the services of Draymond Green, D’Angelo Russell, and Kevon Looney. Steph Curry is out for at least three months. Klay Thompson is out for the season. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr’s starting lineup had three rookies and two veterans, Willie Cauley-Stein and Glen Robinson.

The Warriors, who played well for most of the game Saturday against Charlotte for three quarters, were able to put together a complete game as they stunned Portland. The Warriors played all four quarters with a lot of energy. They played well on offense as they recorded 28 assists. They improved on defense. They outrebounded Portland 47-44. The Warriors attacked the basket all night long. They had 36 free throws and made 33.

The Warriors’ player of the game was Eric Paschall. The young man that played his college ball at Villanova turned 23 on Monday. Paschall, who won a National Championship with Villanova, was the 41st player picked in the 2019 NBA Draft and showed the NBA that he came ready to play. In his seventh NBA game, Paschall tallied 36 points and had 13 rebounds for his first career double-double. Also, he knocked down four three-point shots. He scored 17 points in the first quarter and had his third game in the league with more than 20 points. His 36 points were the most scored by a rookie this year.

The Warriors and Blazers played a fast-paced and entertaining first quarter. The Warriors led most of the way. The most significant lead they had was 14-7. The teams tied at 22 and again at 27. Portland led 30-29 near the end of the period. The Warriors went on a 5-0 run to finish leading 34-30.

The Blazers outscored the Warriors 31-26 in the second quarter to lead 63-60 at the end of the first 24 minutes of action. Damian Lillard and Hassan Whiteside pace the Blazers with 17 points and 14 points. Eric Paschall finished the half with 19 points. Rookie point guard Ky Bowman, who played his college ball at Boston College, knocked down 10.

Portland increased the lead to 65-60 to start the third quarter. The Warriors responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead 68-65. It was nip and tuck for the remainder of the third quarter. Eric Paschall, Willie Cauley-Stein, Damian Lee, and Ky Bowman played with a lot of energy, and the Warriors refused to wilt. The Warriors won the period 27-20 and led 87-83 with 12 minutes left to play.

The Blazers, who probably has the best backcourt in the league now that Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are on the shelves, fought back and tied the game at 99. Alec Burks made a couple of crucial three-point plays. Eric Paschall was a force on offense as well as on defense. Eric scored a bucket after fighting for a rebound to put the Warriors up 117-105. Jordan Poole and Damian Lee played exceptionally well. The Blazers double-teamed Lee every time he handled the ball, trying to force turnovers. They were successful a couple of times, but they fouled Damian several times. Lee made 8 free throws in nine attempts. The Warriors refused to fold, and they ran out the clock with a stunning victory over the Blazers.

Game Notes: As mentioned above, Eric Paschall had the biggest night of his young career. In just seven games, he has shown that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the NBA. The Dubs had six players in double figures. Paschall led the way with 36. Ky Bowman had 19, Jordan Poole and Damian Lee each had 16. Alec Burns, coming off the bench, added 13, and Cauley-Stein had 10.

Damian Lillard, who is from Oakland, led the Blazers with 39. he hit five threes in 13 tries. His backcourt partner, C.J.McCollum, finished with 14. Big Hassan Whiteside, who killed the Warriors when he was with the Miami Heat, had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. The Blazers’ bench players, Anfernee Simons and Mario Hezonjka, had 14 and 11.

The Blazers shot almost 45% from the floor. The Warriors were better as they shot 48.8%. The Blazers hit 13 threes while the W’s connected 10 times on 26 attempts. The Blazers committed six turnovers. The Warriors turned the ball over 10 times.

Up Next: The Warriors improved to 2-5 while Portland dropped to 3-4. The Warriors travel to Houston to face the Rockets Wednesday at 4:30 pm PT.

Short-handed Warriors come close, lose to Hornets 93-87

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By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors, depleted by injuries, faced the Charlotte Hornets with only nine players Saturday night at the Chase Center. The Warriors were without the services of Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell. Green was out due to a sprained index finger on his left hand, and he will not be available on Monday. Russell suffered a sprained ankle, and he may play on Monday. Head coach Steve Kerr’s starting lineup bore no resemblance to the Warrior team of the past five years. All five starters are in their first year with the Warriors. Three of the starters, Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, and Ky Bowman, are rookies. Willie Cauley-Stein and Glenn Robinson III have experience in the NBA as they were with other teams last year.

The young Warriors won the first and second quarters to finish the first half leading 55-50. The offense was led by rookie Eric Paschall, Glenn Robinson, Ky Bowman, and Damion Lee. Paschall had 12, Robinson 11, Lee 10, and Bowman 9.  The Hornets were led by Dwayne Bacon with 15. Point guard Terry Rozier, acquired from Boston in the trade for Kemba Walker, had 10. Forward P.J.Washington and big Cody Zeller each knocked down 8.

The Warriors and Hornets went tooth and nail in the third quarter. The name of the game in the third quarter was defense, The Warriors held the Hornets to just 18 points total in the period. The bad news was that the Warriors were held to 16 points. The team went ice cold late in the third period and could not buy a bucket. They still led by three points 71-68. That would have been a perfect time to end the game, and the Warriors would have recorded the win. Unfortunately, for Golden State, they had to play 12 more minutes. The fourth quarter was also a nail-biter. The Hornets took the lead 72-71.  The Dubs bounced back and regained it 75-74. The Hornets took a five-point lead 80-75.

The Warriors managed to tie it when Glenn Robinson hit a three to make it 80-80. The Hornets made a three, and the Warriors countered with a three. The Hornets made another three. The Warriors answered with a three to tie the game at 86. The Dubs made a free throw to go on top 87-86. They didn’t know it at the time, but it would be the last time they would put points on the board. The Hornets then went ahead 88-87. Damion Lee turned the ball over to the Hornets when he was not able to inbound the basketball successfully. The ball went over to the Hornets. The Hornets missed on several free throws down the stretch, but the Warriors were not able to corral the rebounds. The Hornets’ Terry Rozier was fouled from behind. The referees awarded him two free throws and possession of the ball. The Hornets made all four free throws to win the game 93-87.

Game Notes: Even though the W’s lost for the fifth time in six games, all was not dismal. Eric Paschall, the rookie from Villanova, had a career night. He scored 25 points, had 4 rebounds, and two assists, and was the 41st player picked in the 2019 draft. In the six games in his young career, he has two games with 20 or more points. He looks to be the real deal, and the Warriors have to be pleased with his play. The other rookie that sparkled Saturday night was Ky Bowman. Bowman, a backup point guard, played his college ball at Boston College. He kicked in with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and made two three-pointers in six tries. Glenn Robinson was solid with 16 points, nine boards, and three assists. Robinson connected on four three in seven attempts. Damion Lee, coming off the bench, finished the night with 13. These were the bright spots in a losing effort.

Charlotte had five players in double figures. Dwayne Bacon had 25, Terry Rozier 20, Marvin Williams 11, P.J. Washington 11, and Cody Zeller 10.

The Warriors shot 44.2% from the floor. The Hornets outshot the Warriors 85-77.  They also outrebounded Golden State 48-40. The Warriors had five steals and five blocked shots on defense.

The Warriors held the Hornets to 43 points in the second half. Usually, that effort would get the team a win. The problem for Golden State was that they were held to just 32 points in the final 24 minutes of the game. The young players did not quit. They hustled and had a chance to win. The fans have to realize the fact that these players have only played together for six games. They also are missing Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney, D’Angelo Russell, and Klay Thompson. It may be a long season. Still, players such as Eric Paschall, Glenn Robinson, Ky Bowman, Jordan Poole, and Damion Lee will be players that may contribute to the Warrior success later in the season when the key players return to action. Let’s hope they continue to improve.

Up Next: The Warriors return to action Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Chase Center. The game will start at 7:30 pm.

Warriors play better, but still lose to Spurs 127-110

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By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors received the news that their superstar, Steph Curry, had surgery on his broken hand Friday. Curry will be re-evaluated in three months. He might not be able to return until at least February.

The Warriors’ Friday night opponent was the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs lost for the first time last night in Los Angeles to the Clippers. Spurs head coach Greg Popovich wanted his team to rebound, and they did just that as they downed the young Warriors 127-110 at the Chase Center. The game was closer than the score would indicate. The Warriors held their own until late in the third quarter when the Spurs were able to pull away.

The Warriors played a very competitive first half. They lost the first and second quarters by one point. They trailed 57-55 at the end of the first 23 minutes of action. D’Angelo Russell led the team with 19 points. Jordan Poole and Alec Burks helped keep the Warriors in the game. The Spurs were led by bench players Rudy Gay and Patty Mills. Mills had 16 and Gay added 10.

The Spurs broke it open late in the third period. They outscored the Warriors 40-31. LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored eight in the first half, scored the Spurs’ first 10 points in the third quarter. The Warriors stayed close, but the veteran Spurs team pulled away to lead 97-86. The Warriors, who were led by Jordan Poole, Damian Lee, and D’Angelo Russell, could not close the gap. The Spurs cruised to a 127-110 win.

With the loss, the Warriors dropped to 1-4. The Spurs improved to 4-1. D’Angelo Russell tallied 30 points for Golden State. Russell also had 8 assists and was 3 for 11 from three-point range. Jordan Poole knocked down 20. The young man from Michigan made four threes in seven tries. Damian Lee had 16, and Alec Burks pitched in with 14.

The Spurs were led by Patty Mills, who finished with 31 points. Mills, who played college basketball at St. Mary’s in Moraga, Calif., made six threes in nine tries. Aldridge had 22, Rudy Gay had 16, Bryn Forbes had 14, and DeMar DeRozan had 13.

The Spurs took nine more shots from the floor than the Warriors. They shot 47.3% while the Warriors shot a respectable 46.4%. The Spurs also made more free throws than the Warriors. They made 26 freebies compared to the Warriors’ 19.

The Warriors were outrebounded 52-39, but they recorded 25 assists. They had good ball movement and were able to find the open man. They also handled the ball better and were able to reduce the number of turnovers. They had just 11 turnovers Friday night.

The Warriors return to action Saturday night at the Chase Center. They will be hosting the visiting Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets will be led by former Boston Celtic, Terry Rozier, who will be their point guard. Their record is 2-3 so far this year. The game will start at 5:30 pm.

Warriors lose to Clippers in home opener 141-122

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By Ana Kieu

The Golden State Warriors hosted their first regular season game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Chase Center Thursday night.

Al Attles was in attendance. Attles played with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors from 1960-71 and coached the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors from 1970-83. The 82-year-old was a 1975 NBA champion.

Warriors star Steph Curry rocked his Under Armour shoes when the team practiced before the tip-off. Curry is in his 11th NBA season and Under Armour pre-released the latest edition of the “Curry 7” at the Warriors Team Shop in the Chase Center.

Curry’s first bucket at the Chase Center wowed the home crowd. The Warriors pulled within six with 4:56 left in the first quarter. The Warriors ended up trailing the Clippers 35-29 at the end of the first.

Jordan Poole hit his first three-pointer in the league to help the Warriors pull within seven with 10:27 left in the second quarter. Poole, a rookie shooting guard, was drafted 28th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft out of the University of Michigan. The 20-year-old played at Michigan from 2017-19.

Curry continued to make magic on the home court. The 31-year-old picked off a pass from Draymond Green and proceeded to hit a three to bring the team within seven with 2:41 left in the second.

Despite noteworthy moments, Golden State trailed L.A. 65-54 at the halftime break. During that time, Golden State confirmed that Kevon Looney wouldn’t return to the game as a precautionary measure after experiencing right hamstring tightness.

The Clippers continued to dominate in the third quarter. The Clippers’ highest scoring bench duo of all-time put in a lot of work. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell had chemistry and worked together to make strong scoring plays. Also, Kawhi Leonard, who signed with the Clippers just days after winning his first champion with the Toronto Raptors and second overall, put on a primetime show. Leonard picked up a foul, made a play off the glass over a Warrior defender for two late in the third.

The Clippers fired on all cylinders for a 111-87 lead through three quarters.

The Warriors showed some flashes in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late. Glenn Robinson III made a nifty move by running down the court and driving to the basket for two with 5:24 left in the fourth.

The Clippers won 141-122. L.A. improves to 2-0, while Golden State falls to 0-1.

The Warriors face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, October 27 at 12:30 pm PT. Game will be broadcasted on NSBA and FSOK.

Playoff Team? Warriors’ Home Opener vs. Clippers at Chase Center Thursday Night

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By Amaury Pi-González

In the NBA Western Conference, where the focus is here in the Bay Area, even the most optimistic would be pressed to pick the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA title this season. Many are asking “Is this Warriors team a playoff team?” And I said maybe, but in the fringe, maybe a #7 seat at the end and another trip to the playoffs. They are not better than the Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. LeBron’s groin injury doomed the Lakers last season and he must be healthy for the length of this season, or the “other LA team,” the Clippers, could be the ones to beat. Incidentally, the Lakers open the season on October 22 at the Clippers, that other team that could also win the whole enchilada this 2019-20.

I believe the Warriors’ Stephen Curry has a chip on his shoulder, and now without Kevin Durant, he wants to be “the hombre” for this version of the Warriors at their brand new Chase Center in San Francisco. The great Michael Jordan recently said: “Stephen is not a Hall of Famer, yet.” All this — in my opinion — is motivating Curry, But, one thing is certain — for the first time in six years we are not looking at the Warriors and the Cavaliers will be towards the end.

There is no clear favorite to win the NBA title this season. I do not dismiss the Warriors,they still have Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, while head coach Steve Kerr says Clay Thompson is unlikely to play this season as he is recovering from the knee injury he suffered during the NBA finals. So a lot of things have to go right for the Warriors to win this year, but they are a longer shot this season.

The franchise originally began in Philadelphia in 1946 and relocated to San Francisco in 1962 where they were named the San Francisco Warriors. In 1971, they moved to the Oakland Arena, where they changed their name to the Golden State Warriors. They played there until the end of the 2018-2019 NBA season.

The Warriors’ opener this 2019-2020 season will be at the Chase Arena Thursday, October 24 against the Los Angeles Clippers at 7:30 PM.

Chase Arena
Capacity 18,064
Multi-purpose arena
$1 billion investment
Parking:  950 spaces

Amaury Pi-González was the Spanish play by play radio announcer for the Golden State Warriors for most of the 1990’s. Amaury was also the play by play announcer for the LA Clippers on FOX Sports Deportes television in Los Angeles for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 NBA seasons.

Warriors subdue Lakers to win final preseason game, 124-103

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By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors downed the Los Angeles Lakers 124-103 to finish the preseason with a 2-3 record. People have to keep in mind that the preseason games are used to see how the new players will mesh with the returning veterans. The Warriors used many combinations in the first four games to see who they would keep on the roster. The process was complicated by injuries to several players. Kevon Looney, Willie Cauley Stein, Alec Burks, and Alen Smailagic did not play a single minute in the preseason. Will the two big men available, Marquese Chriss, taking advantage of the opportunity, earn a spot on the roster? The 22-year old big man will probably start at center next Thursday when the Warriors open the season against the revamped Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors released Alfonzo McKinnie on Friday to make room for Chriss. The Warriors were up against the salary cap and had to either release McKinnie or trade a player. Golden State opted to release McKinnie.

As for Friday night’s game, the Warriors beat the Lakers for the first time this preseason. Perennial All-Star LeBron James did not play. The Lakers rested their other three big men. Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, and JaVale McGee all rested. The Lakers started Jared Dudley at the center position Friday night. Even with the big men on the Lakers’ bench, the Warriors began slowly. They trailed the Lakers 24-14 when they went on a 12-4 run late in the first period to trail by five 29-24. They outscored the Lakers 7-3 in the last minutes to close the gap to one 32-31.

Early in the second quarter, the Warriors grabbed the lead for the first time 41-40. Steph Curry led the Warriors’ offense as they finished the first half with a 16-point advantage 71-55. Curry hit a three as time ran out, and the crowd went crazy. Steph knocked down 22. D’Angelo Russell added 12, and Glenn Robinson had 10. The Lakers’ top scorers were Kentavios Caldwell-Pope with 17, and Zach Norvell had 16. The Warriors outscored the Lakers 40-23 in the second period.

The Warriors did not relinquish the lead in the third quarter. The Lakers, however, outscored Golden State by ten and finished the period trailing by six 94-88. The Warriors regrouped. D’Angelo Russell played well and drained a couple of threes. Curry re-entered the game with about six minutes left and made a four-point play to help cement the win. Curry knocked down a three and was fouled on the play. He made the free throw to put the Warriors ahead 113-94.  Steph made another three to make it 119-96. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr inserted his bench to finish the game.

Game Notes and Stats: Curry finished the night with 32 points. He made six three in 15 tries. He was on the court for 32 minutes of action. Marquese Chriss had a good night. He had 9 points, 7 boards, and 5 assists. Draymond Green also had 9 points. Green had 12 rebounds and 3 assists. He was on the court for 31 minutes. D’Angelo Russell tallied 29, and he, too, made six threes. Rookie Eric Paschall finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Glenn Robinson pitched in with 13 points and six rebounds.

The Lakers had four players in double figures. Caldwell-Pope had 25. Zach Norvell added 29, and he knocked down 5 threes. Rookie Devontae Cacok had a double-double. He recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds. Demetrius Jackson finished with 11 points and 9 assists.

Up Next: The Warriors open the season Thursday, October 24th, at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The LA Clippers will be their opponents. They will be led by Kawhi Leonard. The game will start at 7:30 pm.