Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors prepare for struggling Kings tonight at Chase Center

Toronto Raptors’ OG Anunoby (3) drives at Golden State Warriors’ Damion Lee, center, and Moses Moody (4) on Sat Dec 18, 2021 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto (Canadian Press via AP photo)

On the Warrior podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, one of the things that head coach Steve Kerr wanted to do for his key players Stephen Curry (rest), Draymond Green (right hip), Andre Iguodala (right knee), Otto Porter Jr. (left foot) and Andrew Wiggins (left knee) was get them some rest from Saturday night’s game in Toronto and had them fly back from Boston after last Friday’s game.

#2 One of the other things that Kerr wanted is to have the starters not to have to go through possible Covid 19 exposure and possible quarantine in Toronto Canada which would be two weeks.

#3 Barbara talk about Jonathan Kuminga he got lots of minutes and scored a career high of 26 points you had a chance to mention in your post game recap after Saturday night’s game what was your impression Kuminga.

#4 Kerr said after the game that he felt the second half was better than the first half using G league players and developmental players and gave Kerr a chance to see who they have in the minor league system.

#5 The Warriors take on the Sacramento Kings tonight at Chase Center in San Francisco. The Kings are struggling they’ve lost four of their last five games. They lost a frustrating home game at Golden One Center on Friday night to the Memphis Grizzlies 124-105 and their head coach Alvin Gentry and star player De’Aaron Fox were both out because of Covid 19 protocols. Barbara how do you see the Kings and Warriors match up this afternoon at 3pm?

Join Barbara Mason for the Warriors podcasts heard each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors rested starters Saturday; Tip off with Kings tonight

Toronto Raptors’ OG Anunoby (3) takes the ball against the Golden State Warriors’ Damion Lee, center, and Moses Moody (4) on Sat Dec 18, 2021 in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena. The Warriors host the Sacramento Kings Mon Dec 20, 2021 at the Chase Center in San Francisco (Canadian Press via AP News)

On the Warrior podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, one of the things that head coach Steve Kerr wanted to do for his key players Stephen Curry (rest), Draymond Green (right hip), Andre Iguodala (right knee), Otto Porter Jr. (left foot) and Andrew Wiggins (left knee) was get them some rest from Saturday night’s game in Toronto and had them fly back from Boston after last Friday’s game.

#2 One of the other things that Kerr wanted is to have the starters not to have to go through possible Covid 19 exposure and possible quarantine in Toronto Canada which would be two weeks.

#3 Barbara talk about Jonathan Kuminga he got lots of minutes and scored a career high of 26 points you had a chance to mention in your post game recap after Saturday night’s game what was your impression Kuminga.

#4 Kerr said after the game that he felt the second half was better than the first half using G league players and developmental players and gave Kerr a chance to see who they have in the minor league system.

#5 The Warriors take on the Sacramento Kings tonight at Chase Center in San Francisco. The Kings are struggling they’ve lost four of their last five games. They lost a frustrating home game at Golden One Center on Friday night to the Memphis Grizzlies 124-105 and their head coach Alvin Gentry and star player De’Aaron Fox were both out because of Covid 19 protocols. Barbara how do you see the Kings and Warriors match up tonight at 7pm?

Join Barbara Mason for the Warriors podcasts heard each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Toronto out plays Golden State 119-110; Warriors rest starters

Toronto Raptors’ Scottie Barnes, (4) take a leap against the Golden State Warriors defense at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Sat Dec 18, 2021 (AP News photo)

Toronto Outplays Golden State 119-100

By Barbara Mason

Warriors rookie Jonathan Kuminga had a banner night against the Toronto Raptors shooting for 26 points.

The Golden State Warriors (24-6) took on the Toronto Raptors (14-16) at Scotiabank Arena Saturday night. The Warriors starters for the most part got the night off. The Raptors would not be seeing Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins or Jordan Poole in this game. It would not be even a contest as the Raptors would win easily 119-100.

The first quarter was all Raptors leading by the score of 31-18. Toronto led by 13 going into the second quarter and led by 63-42 at the half. The Warrior bench, playing the entire game, was working hard but the Raptors were having a great night playing some excellent ball.

The only starter on the floor was Kevon Looney. There were only nine players dressed for Golden State in this game. The star of the first half was rookie Jonathan Kuminga with 12 points.

The third quarter was more excellence by the Toronto Raptors winning every quarter so far in this game. Toronto’s VanVleet (27 pts), Barnes (21 pts), and Boucher (11 pts) were all over the Warriors bench in the quarter. This was some invaluable experience for the Golden State bench and some of these guys were coming through with flying colors.

After three quarters Kuminga had 21 points which led the team. He had a great shooting game but a disappointing stat in rebounds with only 1 and 6 turnovers something that he will be working hard to improve.

The Raptors finished the Warriors off in the fourth quarter. Golden State had a good quarter outscoring Toronto 31-23. We got to see the future Warriors especially Kuminga who finished with 26 points. It was a lot of fun watching him attack the rim and 4 of 6 from downtown.

“There’s a lot of tape for our young players to watch” said Warrior head coach Steve Kerr after the game. “I thought we played better in the second half and were more competitive” he said.

Monday night the Warriors will be back home taking on the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Raptors use huge first half to rout Kings 124-101

Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam, left, gets two points on Sacramento Kings’ Marvin Bagley III at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Mon Dec 13, 2021 (AP photo via Canadian press)

By Daniel Dullum
Monday, December 13, 2021

Nine Toronto players scored in double-figures Monday night, as the Raptors defeated Sacramento 124-101 before 19,453 at ScotiaBank Arena.

It was the Raptors’ fourth win in their last five games, while Sacramento wound up winless in its three-game road trip.

The Raptors (14-14) did most of their offensive damage in the first half, taking a 70-45 lead into halftime. The 70 points was a season-high for the first two quarters for Toronto, which opened the game with an 11-0 run.

Chris Boucher led Toronto with 17 points, followed by Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam with 16, Malachi Flynn with 14, Fred VanVleet and Yuta Watanabe with 12 each, Svi Mykhailiuk with 11, and Gary Trent Jr. and Justin Champagne with 10 each.

Watanabe also had 10 rebounds and a steal, Siakam grabbed eight rebounds to go with four assists, Trent had four assists and three steals, and Dalano Banton added six assists off the bench for Toronto.

De’Andre Fox scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Kings (11-18). Buddy hield netted 14 points off the Sacramento bench, followed by Alex Len and Marvin Bagley III with 12 points each and Tristan Thompson with 11.

Bagley had 11 rebounds, Len had eight rebounds, and Davion Mitchell had six assists.

Toronto shot 54 percent from the floor, while the Kings shot 40 percent. Sacramento also turned the ball over 17 times.

The Kings return home on Wednesday to host the Washington Wizards at Golden 1 Center.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: All in the Poole Warriors guard leads team in scoring

The Toronto Raptors center Khem Birch (24) gets a leap over the Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3). Poole was high scorer Sun Nov 21, 2021 at the Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 The Golden State Warriors (15-2) got twice the help on Sunday night at the Chase Center against the visiting Toronto Raptors (8-10) with Jordan Poole 33 points and Andrew Wiggins finishing right behind with 32 points.

#2 For Poole it was his second straight game scoring 30 points his offensive prowess has not failed him and it seems like he’s finding the splash in his shots as each game goes on.

#3 Poole was like a machine beyond the arch hitting eight three pointers and going 10 for 13 on shot attempts.

#4 Poole is the first Warrior besides Stephen Curry to have consecutive 30 point games since D’Angelo Russell did for three in a row it back in Dec 29, 2019 to Jan 12, 2020.

#5 The Warriors host the Philadelphia 76ers (9-8) Wed Nov 24, 2021 at Chase Center the Sixers have struggled they have lost six of their last seven games. They lost in Portland 118-111 on Saturday night. Barbara how do you see these two teams matching up.

Join Barbara for the Warrior podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Poole and Wiggins Shine in Warrior win 119-104 defeat Raptors

The Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) knows he’s number one after shooting a three pointer in the first half against the visiting Toronto Raptors Sun Nov 21, 2021 at the Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)

Poole and Wiggins Shine In Warrior Win 119-104

By Barbara Mason

Despite an off night for Stephen Curry Jordan Poole picked up the slack along with teammate Andrew Wiggins. Poole had 33 points and Wiggins turned in 32 for the 119-104 win.

Sunday night the Golden State Warriors (15-2) took on the Toronto Raptors (8-10) at Chase Center. The Warriors returned from a four game road trip in which they went 3-1, the single loss at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets.

They say there is no place like home and Golden State would be in full agreement having won eight games at Chase with a single loss this season. They are looking to continue their winning ways tonight with Curry, Draymond Green, and Otto Porter Jr. all back on board.

Toronto is better on the road so they will looking for another upset after beating the Sacramento Kings 108-89 on Friday night. It will be a treat to watch Toronto’s rookie Scottie Barnes who is without doubt the most impressive newcomer in the league with a 14.9 shooting average and 8.1 rebounds per game. The Warriors cannot get careless with the ball because the Raptors are very good converting turnovers into points.

The Warriors got the quick start that they wanted in this game leading after one quarter 36-24. After two quarters they had eight turnovers, only three of them coming in the second quarter. The half time lead for Golden State was 61-47.

The Warriors were handling Toronto but the Raptors remained just within striking distance in the half. The Raptors bottled up Curry in the half but no Curry, no problem. This team is so deep that if any one player is taken out of the game, there is a whole string of players to pick up the slack.

In the third quarter, the Warriors held onto their double digit lead. Chris Chiozza was having a great game, getting a chance to play considerable minutes shooting 11 points in 12 minutes. After three quarters the Warriors were in control of the game leading 92-77.

The Raptors continued to hang around in the fourth quarter but could never get close. The final was 119-104.

It was an off day for Curry who shot 12 points with two rebounds. Teammates Andrew Wiggins had 32 points and Poole had the high for the game with 33. Off the bench Otto Porter Jr had 15 points.

This is such an amazing roster with the incredible depth that we see every night. When one player struggles there is always the next guy up who will pick up the slack. Everyone of the guys on this roster is capable of helping his team win and we saw that tonight.

The Warriors have a couple of well-earned days off before they are back in action Wednesday taking on the Philadelphia 76ers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Raptors Siakam leads with 32 pts defeat Kings 108-89; Some fans cheer “fire Luke Walton”

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) dribbles by Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) Fri Nov 19, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings are back in Sacramento and they welcomed the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. The Kings embarked on a four-game road trip on November 9th and just returned home on Friday, November 19th back to Sacramento. The Kings trip saw them go 1-3 and make stops in San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Detroit, and Minneapolis.

It was a disappointing trip for the Kings who had a soft spot in their schedule for the first time all season. During the road trip Kings head coach, Luke was placed on the hot seat after losing the first two games as rumors swirled if he would make it back to Sacramento with a job.

After an up and down start to the season, the Kings were set to begin a crucial stretch at home. On Friday night, the Kings faced one of their worse losses of the season to the Raptors 108-89 at home.

Friday night recap: The Kings were set to take on the Toronto Raptors on Friday at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.

In the first quarter, neither team got off to a very impressive start. Both teams’ defense was lackluster and the offenses looked stagnant. Nonetheless, the Raptors outscored the Kings 30-27 in the first quarter. The Kings would need to pick up the pace and defense in the second quarter to keep the game close.

In the second quarter, the game began to unravel. The Kings defense evaporated and the Toronto Raptors started hitting their three-point shots. That was a recipe for disaster for a Kings team that hasn’t been able to get the offense on track for a while.

The Raptors topped 30 points in both quarters in the second half putting up 33 points in the second quarter. On the other hand, the Kings put up an anemic 18 points. The Kings weren’t playing defense and the offense wasn’t making shots.

That would lead the Kings to a 63-45 hole going into halftime. In an underwhelming first half for the Kings, they were led by De’Aaron Fox with 11 points. The Kings had a massive amount of ground to make up in the third quarter.

In the third quarter, it only got worse for the Kings. To put it into perspective, at a point in the third quarter faint “Fire Luke Walton” chants could be heard throughout the sections of Golden One Center. The Raptors absolutely destroyed the Kings in the third quarter by outscoring the Kings 33-21. It was almost a carbon copy of the results in the second quarter. The Kings went into the final 12 minutes of action down 96-66.

In the final quarter, the Kings showed some heart early on but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the deficit. The Kings outscored the Raptors 23-12 in the last quarter but ultimately fell to the Raptors by the final of 108-89. It was a poor effort from the Kings. From lack of enthusiasm to terrible execution, almost everything that could go wrong for the Kings did.

The Kings with the loss fell to 6-10 on the season. Leading the way for the Kings in defeat was De’Aaron Fox who scored 17 points. For the Raptors, they were led by a stellar performance from Pascal Siakam who scored 32 points.

Who knows what’s in the Kings future at this point. I sure don’t.

Up Next: The Kings stay home for the second night of a back-to-back to take on the Utah Jazz on Saturday night at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Luke Walton’s hot seat cools off a bit after Kings win third straight game

Sacramento Kings lead scorer forward Harrison Barnes (40) drives the ball against the Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis (0) during Fri Jan 29, 2021’s game in Tampa Bay (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, The Kings struggled with an array of teams before they got on this current three game win streak, how important is this win streak for Kings head coach Luke Walton where it was said in the press that Walton was on the hot seat?

#2 The Kings got by with a two point 126-124 win against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. The Kings stayed with the Raptors for most of the game and it came right down to the wire for the Kings to come away with their second straight road win.

#3 The Kings certainly a team that has improved offensively they had six scorers that finished in double figures Friday night against the Raptors.

#4 Jeremiah, talk about the three leading high scorers for the Kings from Friday Harrison Barnes 26 points, De’Aaron Fox 24 points and Buddy Hield with 22 points they had to be the difference makers to win a close game against Toronto.

#5 The Kings play the third of this four game road trip tonight facing the Miami Heat. The Heat are a struggling bunch they have lost five straight games. The Kings had been that team before but now are on a three game win streak how do you like their chances in putting a fourth win together tonight in Miami?

Join Jeremiah Salmonson each Saturday for the Sacramento Kings podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Warriors hold off Raptors in win 106-105; Bench rises as Curry has off night scoring

The Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) led the Warriors in scoring takes a shot against the Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell (right) on Sun Jan 10, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

 On a night when Stephen Curry had the worst shooting night of his illustrious career, the Warriors found a way to withstand Toronto’s furious fourth-quarter comeback to win 106-105.

In every game in which Curry scored 30 or more points, Golden State finished with a win. Curry put just 13 points on the board. The Warriors won the game with great defense and six players scoring in double figures. The bench helped out with 46 points. As the fans around the NBA know, there is more to Curry’s game than scoring. He was credited with six assists, and he pulled down nine rebounds.

The Warriors led for the first three quarters. They won the first quarter 31-24. They led 10-1 to start the game. Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, and Kelly Oubre, Jr. paced the Warrior offense.

The Warriors second unit of Eric Paschall, Brad Wanaker, and Damian Lee helped the Warriors finish the first half leading 61-49. Curry has three points in the first half. Wiggins 11, Wiseman 10, Paschall 8, and Lee 8. Pascal Siakam had 16 for the Raptors. Fred VanVleet 10, and Chris Boucher 10.

The Warriors continued to dominate play in the third quarter. They increased the lead to fifteen 87-72 and appeared to be cruising to a victory. However, in the NBA, teams have to not take things easy in the fourth and final period of play.

Eric Paschall made a bucket to put the Warriors up by seventeen. It was at this point in the game that things went south for the Warriors. Toronto went on a 21 to five-run to make it a one-point game 94-93.

Kelly Oubre connected on a three to give the Warriors some breathing room 97-93. Toronto scored the next five points to go ahead by one 98-97. They hit a three to lead by four 101-97. Curry knocked down a three to make it 101-100. Toronto answered with a bucket to lead 103-100 with 1:45 left.

Baskets by Curry and Kent Bazemore put the Warriors ahead 104-103. Toronto scored to lead 105-104 with 7.6 seconds left. Damian Lee was fouled attempting a three-pointer. Toronto coach Nick Nurse challenged the call. After the review, the referees determined that Lee was fouled before the shot.

He would not get three free throws. Since the Raptors were over the foul limit, Lee was awarded two free throws. He made both to give the Warriors the advantage 106-105 with 4.3 seconds left to play. Toronto got the ball into Pascal Siakam’s hands. His shot at the buzzer failed to go down. The Warriors held on to win 106-105.

Game Notes and stats: With the win, the Warriors improved their season record to 6-4. The Raptors fell to 2-7. 

Draymond Green had his best game of the season. He just missed a triple-double. He kicked in with ten points, nine rebounds, and ten assists. Wiggins had 17, Wiseman 10, Oubre 12, Curry 11, and Eric Paschall 15. For Paschall, it was his eighth game in a row with ten or more points. Damian Lee had 13, Bazemore nine, Wanamaker 7. 

The Warriors bench outscored the Raptors bench 46-25.

Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 25. Fred VanVleet had 21, Chris Boucher 15, and he was a force on defense with six blocked shots. Kyle Lowrey had 17, 16 of which came in the fourth period. 

The Warriors finish the seven-game home stand against the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night at the Chase Center. The game will start at 7 pm.

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings fall apart in second half against struggling Raptors 144-123

The Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Halliburton (0) gets a hand on the ball against the Toronto Raptors power guard Fred VanVleet on Fri Jan 8, 2021 game at Golden One Center in Sacramento (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings (4-5) were back in the win column entering play on Friday night. Two days earlier the Kings beat the Chicago Bulls (4-5) on Wednesday night by a final of 128-124. It wasn’t the cleanest game this season for the Kings, but it was nonetheless a victory.

On Friday, the Kings were set to take on another opponent. The Toronto Raptors (2-6) were headed to town. The Raptors have struggled this season. They came into Sacramento with a dismal 1-6 record on the season. The Kings were looking to take advantage of this and get themselves back above the .500 mark. The game was set for 7 PM PST. It would be for not as the Raptors looked like they reverted back to their old championship days with a 144-123 crushing over the Kings.

In the the first half, the Kings played well. The Kings were able to put up 43 points on a scrambled Toronto defense. The Kings defense didn’t hold up well either as the Raptors scored 35. In the second quarter, the Kings weren’t able to score as many points putting up 31 points. The Raptors scored 35 points to shrink the King lead. The Kings led 74-71 headed into halftime. Harrison Barnes had 16 points so far the most in the game.

In the second half, the Kings were destroyed. In the third quarter the Kings were out scored 40-29. In the fourth, the Kings were out scored 33-20. That is about the story. The Kings defense fell apart and the offense couldn’t pick it up.  De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 23 points, and Fred Vanvleet led the Raptors with 34 points.

Up Next: The Kings will play a back to back as the Portland Trailblazers come to town on Saturday. The game is set for 7 PM PST.