Golden State Warriors guard is exalted after converting a three pointer against the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center in San Francisco on Thu Oct 21, 2021 (AP News photo)
Warriors Win A Thriller At Chase 115-113
By Barbara Mason
Tuesday night the Golden State Warriors started the season with a 121-114 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite a triple double, Steph Curry felt that he played like trash but was thankful that the team won.
Perhaps the one thing that the team was lacking in their first game was the home crowd. Fast forward to Thursday night and their second game of the season, a home game against the Clippers. Chase Center was in for a treat in the first quarter. We always get something special when Stephen Curry is on the floor. He did not disappoint.
The first quarter was the Curry Show that we did not get to see in the first game. Fans were treated to an amazing offensive display. He had 25 first quarter points propelling the team to a 44-27 lead.
When it looked like a runaway, the Clipper’s went on a 23 to 3 run taking the lead at halftime 67-66. It was a crazy turnaround. Los Angeles shut down Curry allowing only 3 points in the second quarter. It was a quiet half for Jordan Poole with only five points and Draymond Greene came up empty in the first half. The Warriors would have to reclaim the play that gave them the huge lead in the first quarter. Some support from Poole and Green would be key as well as getting some nice open looks for Curry.
The Clippers led at the end of the third quarter 93-90. The Warriors were shooting 52% and desperately trying to find their way back into this game.
In the fourth quarter Golden State took back the lead 99-98 with 5:53 left in the game. The Warriors had gone on a run of their own 9-0. With 3:16 left the game was tied at 104. This game was going down to the wire.
Golden State would pull this game out in the last 4.7 seconds. With Curry at the free throw line the inevitable two points put the Warriors ahead 115-112. The final was 115-113 in favor of the Warriors. Curry would finish with 45 points with Green and Wiggins in double digits. This was a hotly contested game that could have gone either way. It was the terrific offensive and defensive play of Golden State in the closing minutes that was the difference.
“Tonight was another step in the right direction for us as a team,” said Curry after the game. “We have a lot of room to grow.”
The Warriors will be back on the court to take on the Sacramento Kings Sunday at Golden 1 Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) leaps to block Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole’s (3) shot during the first half at Staples Center in Los Angeles on opening night Tue Oct 19, 2021 (AP News photo)
Warriors Win Season Opener 121-114
By Barbara Mason
It is finally here. The first game of the 82 game NBA season. In a great rivalry it was fitting that the Golden State Warriors took on the Los Angeles Lakers to start the season.
The Warriors took on a formidable roster facing LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. The Lakers fearsome foursome could not stop Golden State at Staples Center on opening night as the Warriors win it 121-114.
The Warriors had too many fouls in the first quarter and didn’t really get into the flow of the game until the latter part of the quarter. When they settled down, the Warriors began to play some very competitive basketball. At the end of the first quarter they trailed by a single basket 34-32. Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala each had eight points.
Sloppy play in the second quarter by Golden State gave the Lakers a 59-53 halftime lead. Turnovers and far too many missed shots really hurt the Warriors in the quarter. Curry was 1-4 from downtown and finished the half with ten points. LeBron James was 7-10, perfect beyond the arc at 2-2 turning in 18 points. Anthony Davis also had a great half with 20 points.
The Lakers extended their lead to nine points in the third quarter but it was the final two minutes that were big for the Warriors. They outscored the Lakers nine to one and trailed again by a single basket 85-83.
The Warriors had a nice run in the early going of the fourth quarter leading 98-90. The Lakers came storming back to pull to within two points with under five minutes left in the game. The Warriors started dropping in three’s as a frenzied final four minutes ensued. With 2 1/2 minutes left in the game the Warriors led 115-103. The Lakers came on strong late in the final quarter but it was too little too late. After trailing for much of the game, the Warriors iced this game in the fourth quarter.
This was a big opening night win for the Warriors. It was a triple double for Curry. He finished with 21 points. According to Curry himself, he played like trash. He was very pleased to be able to pull this game out. Jordan Poole would finish with 20, and Damian Lee and Nemanja Bjelica both had 15 off the bench.
On Thursday night the Warriors will be taking on the Clippers at home. Tipoff is schedule for 7:00 PM.
Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry (30) as he appeared in this Mar 29, 2021 photo against the Chicago Bulls at the Chase Center in San Francisco led the Warriors in scoring with 41 in the their last pre season game on Fri Oct 15th against the Portland Trailblazers at Chase Center (AP News file photo)
On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:
#1 Barbara taking a look at the Golden State Warriors roster for the 2021-22 season the total cost on just players was $334 million.
#2 Barbara in the final pre season game Stephen Curry showed off his handy work scoring 41 points looks like he’s picked up where he left off from last season.
#3 The Warriors have rolled to a perfect record in pre season play, was this by design that other teams didn’t want to show their strengths before the regular season starts or the Warriors are really that good.
#4 Andrew Wiggins sat because of a knee injury and head coach Steve Kerr that Wiggins is not quite where he wants to be that kept him out for a couple days worth of practice.
#5 The Los Angeles Lakers did not win one pre season game going 0-5 was this a matter of the Lakers not wanting show all their cards toward the regular season or is there something to worry about as they will host the Warriors at Staples Center on Tuesday night’s opener.
The Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James (6) takes a shot against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter of Thu Oct 14, 2021’s game at the Golden One Center in Sacramento (AP News photo)
On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:
#1 The Sacramento Kings (4-0) are rolling at least in pre season they were they had a perfect record of 4-0 Jeremiah is this an indication of things to come from what you’ve been seeing?
#2 On the other hand their opponent for last night the Los Angeles Lakers (0-6) took their sixth straight pre season loss not winning a single game in the pre season. Was this a matter of trying to find themselves or they just simply have no chemistry?
#3 Amongst the Lakers the veterans just seemed to not have enough throughout this pre season, LeBron, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, and Russell Westbrook with all that talent it’s got to be surprising the Lakers couldn’t get one win.
#4 The Kings on the other hand are getting some offense help from some of their players De’Aaron Fox, Terence Davis, Harrison Barnes, and Richaun Holmes talk about their contribution and what to look forward to going into the regular season.
#5 Jeremiah talk about the Kings opener on the road in Portland against the Trailblazers the Kings have that good feeling coming off a successful pre season.
The Sacramento Kings Davion Mitchell throws down against the Los Angeles Kings in the final pre season game at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Thu Oct 14, 2021 (photo from sbnation.com)
The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Thursday night playing in their last preseason game of 2021. The Kings were undefeated coming into the game having beat the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, and Portland Trailblazers. Coming into town on Thursday was the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James was set to play in the final tuneup before the season. Tip off was set for 7 PM PST. However before we dive into the action let’s bring you up to speed on the last game.
Flashback Monday: On Monday the Kings continued their undefeated preseason by beating the Portland Trailblazers by the final of 107-93. The Kings were led in the game by impressive play from Davion Mitchell who scored 20 points.
Thursday night recap: Tip off was set in Sacramento at 7 PM PST against the Lakers.
In the first quarter, the Kings dominated the Lakers. The Kings out up an offensive outbursts of 35 points against an older Lakers defense. The Lakers, managed to put up only 23 points against the Kings as the Kings improved defense took center stage. Harrison Barnes led the Kings with eight first quarter points.
In the second quarter, the Kings didn’t fare as well. The Lakers managed to outscore the Kings 42-36 in the second quarter. The Kings offense remained in high gear, but the defense slipped as the Lakers put up a massive number. The game would go into halftime with the Kings leading 71-66. LeBron James led the Lakers in the first half with 19 points as Harrison Barnes led the Kings by scoring 15. The Kings would hope to contain the Lakers in the second half to remain undefeated in preseason.
In the third quarter, both teams cooled down. The Lakers outscored the Kings by one point scoring 22 points. The Kings only managed 21 points as the offense slowed. The Kings would maintain a lead going into the fourth quarter 92-87. The question was if they could hold the lead against the Lakers.
In the fourth quarter, both teams traded buckets. The Kings were once again outscored but only 25-24 as the Kings would hold on and go undefeated in the preseason. The Kings played a promising final game however the defense faltered late. The Kings will look to tighten that up in practice before the start of the season. The Kings were led in victory by De’Aaron Fox who scored 21 points. The Lakers were led by none other than LeBron James who scored 30 points.
Up Next: The Kings will begin the regular season on Wednesday, October 20th against the Portland Trailblazers in Portland at 7 PM PST.
Not even the Los Angeles Lakers King James, LeBron James could stop the Golden State Warriors here he attempts to add to the score with a leaping shot over a crowd of defenders at Staples Center in Los Angeles (AP News photo)
Warriors Beat L.A. For A Second Time
By Barbara Mason
With the regular season right around the corner, the Warriors took on the Lakers for a second time, the first one at Chase Center, a winning effort on Friday, and tonight at Staples.
LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony all saw action in the first half while Steph Curry and Draymond Greene did not.
The Warriors trailed after the first quarter by the score of 32-24. They made up a lot of ground in the second quarter and trailed by a couple at halftime 55-53. Damion Lee had 12 points in the half and Gary Payton II had 8 off he bench. The Warriors were really challenged by the Laker starters and were more than able to handle it.
The Lakers jumped out to a healthy led in the third quarter but the Warriors were able to hold them off and outscored Los Angeles in the quarter 32-29. After three quarters the Warriors led by a single point 85-84.
The fourth quarter saw both teams play their benches. The Lakers Chaundee Brown had 10 points off the bench and the Warriors Otto Porter Jr. had 16 off the bench. The Warriors outscored the Lakers in the fourth quarter 26-15. The final was 111-99 in favor of the Warriors.
Golden State will take on the Portland Trail Blazers to finish up the pre-season this Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
The Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman is expected back this Fri Oct 15, 2021 at the Chase Center in San Francisco for the pre season game against the Portland Trailblazers after rehabbing from knee surgery from April (USA Today file photo)
On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:
#1 The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Langston Galloway who was averaging 3.3 points per pre season game. Langston wasn’t providing enough offense to the Warriors liking and was cut from the team.
#2 Langston also had a low average of rebounds with 3.7 and assists 1.7 although he had very limited time to try and prove himself averaging 8.8 minutes a game.
#3 Klay Thompson showed he still had game after coming off two seasons of injuries with a pair of mighty one handed throw downs in practice at the Warriors facility. Thompson is expected to take the next two pre season games this Tuesday and Friday off before seeing action in the first regular season game.
#4 Barbara, from what you’ve seen how ready for the regular season is Thompson we know it’s been two seasons and that last NBA Finals vs. Toronto since Thompson has played a complete game.
#5 Last April 15th center James Wiseman underwent surgery for a right meniscal tear the Warriors report that Wiseman is making progress during rehab and soon will be taking shooting practice and other on court plays. Wiseman will be observed and it’s to be determined when he will return.
The Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) drives on the Los Angeles Lakers Wayne Ellington (2) while LeBron James (6) is standing by during Fri Oct 8, 2021 pre season game at the Chase Center in San Francisco (photo from yahoo sports)
Warriors Hang On to Beat Lakers 121-114
By Barbara Mason
Friday night the Golden State Warriors took on the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center. The Lakers have lost both of their pre-season games while Golden State has a 2-0 record in the pre-season.
All eyes will be on Jordan Poole who has had some great play offensively and defensively in Golden States first two games. He will be an important part in the regular season for the Warriors. After three years with the team Poole is proving that he can support Steph Curry. He has steadily improved over the years and this year could be a real breakout for him.
After the first quarter the Lakers had taken a 25-21 lead. Curry had twelve points in the quarter, the only starter that had scored in the game so far. Bjelica had 5 points off the bench.
At the half the Warriors led by the score of 59-49. Kent Bazemore had high points for the Lakers with 11. Steph Curry had 20 points and Jordan Poole came away with 14.
The Warriors continued to pour it on leading 81-60 with just under five minutes left in the third quarter. Both Curry and Poole were having a banner game.
After leading by as much as twenty points, the Lakers cut the Warriors lead down to four in the fourth quarter. With under four minutes left in the game the Lakers had cut the Warriors lead to a single point.
The final three minutes was a medley of turnovers, missed shots and everything you don’t want to see in a basketball game. The Warriors pulled it together at the end and won the game by the score of 121-114. Nine bench players scored for Golden State in the final quarter.
Steph Curry finished with 30 points and Jordan Poole with 28. Moody had a great game with 10 points off the bench.
With a 3-0 record in the pre-season next up for the Warriors will be another meeting with the Lakers in Los Angeles Tuesday Oct 12. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.
The Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) is fouled trying to make a basket by the New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) on Sun May 30, 2021 in Atlanta in game 4 of the NBA Playoffs (AP News photo)
J Hawkes on the NBA podcast takes a look at today’s playoffs games:
#1 New York Knicks 96 @ Atlanta Hawks 113 game 4 Atlanta leads the series 3-1
#2 Phoenix Suns 100 @ Los Angeles 92 Lakers game 4 series is tied 2-2