Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Warriors look to pick up third win in row against slumping LeBron and Lakers

The Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) makes for a fast break on the Sacramento Kings Justin Holiday (9) at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Sun Apr 3, 2022 (AP News photo)

#1 Dave, after losing four straight games the Golden State Warriors (50-29) got key wins against the Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings (29-50). How much of a relief did this have to be for the club considering they had lost those three games and were without Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

#2 Despite not having Curry and Thompson the Warriors got some offense from forward Andrew Wiggins who led with 25 points and guard Jordan Poole who finished behind Wiggins with 22 points.

#3 The Warriors host the Los Angeles Lakers (31-47) on Thursday night at Chase Center. The Lakers are having troubles of their own with seven loses of their last eight games. The Lakers are on a eight game loss streak losing their last game to the Denver Nuggets (47-32) 129-118 at Crypto Arena on Sunday night.

Join David Zizmor throughout the NBA postseason for the Golden State Warriors podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors Battle Past Jazz 111-107; Snap four game skid at Chase

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) gets up over Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) for a two point attempt at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sat Apr 2, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Battle Past Jazz 111-107

By Barbara Mason

As the Golden State Warriors (49-29) head into the final games of the season there is a lot still up in the air for the Warriors. The team will be without Stephen Curry for the remainder of the regular season (four more games left).

It’s not what the team wanted to hear but Curry is still aiming for getting healthy going into the playoffs although he did admit that this was not the ideal way for any team to end a season.

Head Coach Steve Kerr recognizes that the most important thing right now is having Curry healthy for the start of the playoffs regardless of where Golden State finishes in the standings. Still a lot is still to be determined when it comes to matchups and it will no doubt change before season’s end. Curry will be re-evaluated at the end of the regular season.

Tonight the Warriors took on the fifth place Utah Jazz (46-32). This game is huge for both teams. The Jazz currently stand in fifth place in the Western Conference and Golden State is in third place with the Mavericks nipping at their heels in fourth place a half game behind the Warriors.

The Warriors will need a fast paced game. They will need to be patient and be aggressive and above all protect the ball. Turnovers killed the team last Wednesday against the Suns with 21. This has to turn around. The Golden State defense is coming around but the offense has a ways to go.

The Jazz took an early lead after the opening quarter 30-23. The Warriors offense continued to struggle going four of 13 from outside. Utah had the momentum through the first quarter and in the early minutes of the second quarter. Utah’s Donovan Mitchell had 11 points in the first quarter and Klay Thompson had seven points but started to heat up in the start of the second quarter.

Four Minutes into the second quarter the Jazz were totally dominating the game leading 47-28. The Jazz had a monster advantage and it would be an uphill climb for Golden State. The Warriors needed stops but also some far better offense.

Golden State started getting stops but also struggled with empty possessions and turnovers. With two minutes left in the half the Warriors had cut a 21 point Jazz lead to 13 and they did this in two minutes.

The game was turning around offensively in favor of the Warriors. The effort and energy of Golden State was improved in the late second quarter and they would need more of that in the second half. The Warriors also had 11 first half turnovers and they cannot continue on this path. Utah had a 58-45 half time lead.

At 3:50 left in the third quarter the Warriors got within single digits of the Jazz.79-70. After three quarters the Warriors had cut the Jazz lead to six.

As the fourth quarter wore on it became apparent that the Warriors just could not keep pace with Utah or could they? Everything turned around with 5:37 left in the game and it appeared that yes they could keep up with the Jazz.

Three straight stops and three shots from downtown made all the difference in this game. The Jazz lead had shrunk to four 103-99. The Warriors had a ball game. With 3:31 left in the game the Warriors had their first lead of the game 105-103. Golden State had a 18-0 run and 20 from downtown in this game.

It came down to a one point game and under two minutes left on the clock. The Warriors needed to close this game out. Chase Center was on their feet in this playoff like atmosphere. With 7.8 left in the game the Warriors led 109-106 and Draymond Green was at the free throw line. Golden State finished this game 111-107. The 30th win at Chase was one to remember.

“I am incredibly proud of him,” said Thompson of Poole who finished with 31 points. Thompson himself had 36 points in this crazy game. “I could feel that I was going to have a big night in the weight room. Not in the first half, not my best half but I kept shooting. What a way to snap out of this streak we had,” Thompson said in regards to their four game losing streak. “I am just incredibly proud of everyone who played tonight. It took a lot of grit and mental fortitude,” he said.

Sunday night the Warriors travel to Sacramento to take on the Kings in a game that they not only need to win but should win. Thompson eluded to the fact that they should beat the Kings. The Warriors expended a lot of energy in this Jazz game but they will be riding in on an incredible high after tonight’s win. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

Jazz reserve Clarkson unstoppable as Jazz defeat Kings 134-125

Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) wins the battle for a rebound against Sacramento Kings forward Trey Lyles (41) in Salt Lake City on Sat Mar 12, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, March 12, 2022

A big night from De’Aaron Fox wasn’t enough for Sacramento on Saturday, as Jordan Clarkson scored a career-high 45 points off the bench for Utah in a 134-125 win for the Jazz in Salt Lake City.

Clarkson’s effort helped offset the absence of Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley while setting a Jazz franchise record for most points scored by a reserve. Clarkson has had four games with more than 40 points off the bench.

Clarkson made all eight of his 2-point attempts, all eight free throws and made seven 3-pointers.
Bojan Bogdanovic and Donovan Mitchell were next for the Jazz with 26 and 25 points, respectively. Mitchell had six assists and two steals, and center Hassan Whiteside – filling in for Gobert – grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds to go with 12 points.

Fox paced the Kings with 41 points, 11 assists, two steals and three rebounds. Harrison Barnes scored 18 points, followed by Davion Mitchell with 14, Trey Lyles with 13 and Chimezie Metu with 12. Richaun Holmes was the Kings’ top rebounder with six boards.

Clarkson sank three free throws to give Utah its largest lead at 111-95, But the Kings responded with an 11-0 run, capped by a Mitchell layup, to pull within 111-106.

However, Sacramento was unable to stop Clarkson and Donovan Mitchell and could get no closer. The Kings have lost four games in a row.

The Jazz outrebounded Sacramento 44-33 and shot 56 percent from the field and 39 percent behind the arc.

The Kings host Chicago on Monday night.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings hope to get back on winning track against Jazz Saturday

The Denver Nuggets DeMarcus Cousins (4) drives the ball against the Sacramento Kings Justin Holiday (left) at the Ball Center in Denver on Wed Mar 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 In the first quarter, it was the Nikola Jokic show for Denver and the Trey Lyles show for the Kings. Jokic started the game by scoring 15 points in the first quarter as his counterpart at the center position Trey Lyles scored 12.

#2 In the second quarter, Nikola Jokic coninued to pour it on the Kings scoring nine points to get his total at halftime to 24 points.

#3 The Kings defense struggled to contain the Nuggets at large as they allowed them to score 31 points in the second quarter. On the other hand, the Kings offense didn’t pick up the slack on the offensive end.

#4 In the fourth quarter the Kings weren’t able to get the job done. It was a nail biting finish, but the Kings came up short by the final of 106-100.

#6 The Kings are in Utah on Saturday night to face the Jazz. The Jazz recently made headlines they donated 32,000 nights to Ukrainians at Air B N B. If the Ukrainians are looking for lodging they can check in free of charge.

Join Jeremiah Fridays for the Sacramento Kings podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors Winning Streak Snapped by Utah 111-85

Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale tries to put a stop against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, in Utah on Wed Feb 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Winning Streak Snapped by Utah 111-85

By Barbara Mason

Wednesday night the Golden State Warriors (41-14) took on the Utah Jazz (34-21) in Salt Lake City. Both teams are riding on winning streaks, the Jazz with three wins in a row and Golden State looking for their tenth win in a row. The Jazz came ready and shutdown Golden State’s offense for the 111-85 win.

Their last game on the road, New Year’s Day in Salt Lake City was a barnburner. The Warriors won that game 123-116 despite a horrific third quarter. The Jazz scored 41 points in that quarter while the Warriors had only 22 points. It was In the final minutes of that game that Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala made crucial shots from downtown plus three free throws from Curry.

Tonight’s game features two teams that excel in shots from outside. It will be a Curry vs Donovan Mitchell match-up and promises to be some exciting ball.

Rudy Gobert did not play tonight for the Jazz. The Warriors were missing Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, and Nemanja Bjelica. Kevon Looney started this game being a game-time decision.

The Warriors started off the first quarter with a couple of three’s from Otto Porter and Andrew Wiggins. It was a nice start for Golden State taking a 13-0 lead to begin this game. It would just be a matter of time before the Jazz got going.

Mid-way through the quarter the Warriors led 15-2. Utah put an end to the Warriors surge and by the end of the quarter the Warriors led 31-30. The Jazz had shot five from downtown and Golden State with six.

Mental errors, empty possessions and turnovers in the second quarter did the Warriors no favors. The Jazz will make you pay every time you commit those turnovers and fouls. After two quarters the Jazz led 55-49. The 10-2 on turnovers gave the Jazz a real edge. The Warriors were struggling against the Jazz defense.

After tying up this game in the third quarter at 58, the Jazz began to make a move. More turnovers and empty possessions gave the Jazz a 79-65 lead after three quarters. The Warriors went 35% shooting which would hardly get the job done against Utah.

The Jazz offense went off in the third quarter and took it into the fourth. The Warriors had cooled off since the first quarter and just could not turn it back around.

The Warriors were not getting anything in the paint and Utah was not missing anything in the fourth quarter. Golden State’s winning streak would come to an end. The good news for the Warriors was the simple fact that they had gone 9-1 without Draymond Green. The Warriors have an amazing defense right now without their ace.

The Warriors Jordan Poole finished the game with 18 points. Bojan Bogdanovic was the high for the Jazz with 23 points. Hassan Whiteside not only had nine points off the bench for Utah but also had 17 rebounds.

The Warriors were outplayed by the Jazz and had a real off night offensively. They were skunked. It happens and so now it is back home for a date with the Knicks. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Thompson getting the splash headlines leading in scoring

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) takes a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) on Mon Feb 7, 2022 at Oklahoma City (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 Dave it seem like Golden State Warriors (41-13) guard Klay Thompson has taken over the leaderboard of late he was the top scorer on Monday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-36) with 21 points.

#2 Has it been by design that Thompson would get more looks and it seems like he hasn’t missed a beat since he’s returned.

#3 The Warriors tip off against the Utah Jazz (33-21) tonight in Salt Lake City. The Jazz have won three straight and defeated the New York Knicks (24-30) in their last game 113-104. How do you see this match up tonight in Utah.

Join David Zizmor for the Warriors podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Klay Thompson and Draymond Green injury updates; plus more

Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) takes a shot against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half at the Chase Center on Sun Jan 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 Talk about Draymond Green and Klay Thompson’s injury updates.

#2 The Warriors really started hitting those threes and limiting the turnovers against the Jazz.

#3 The Warriors will be meeting the Jazz again Feb 9. This could be an even tougher game than Sunday’s game was.

#4 Next up for the Warriors will be the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. How do you see this game.

Barbara Mason does the Golden State Warriors podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Warriors edge Jazz 94-92

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, tries to get the ball to the basket against Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley at the Chase Center on Sun Jan 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Edge Jazz 94-92

By Barbara Mason

After winning a buzzer beater courtesy of Stephen Curry Friday night against the Houston Rockets, Golden State (34-13) was back at Chase hosting the Utah Jazz (30-17) on Saturday night. This will be a tough game for the Warriors and they cannot afford the turnovers and the missed open shots that we have seen lately. The Warriors would just get by the Jazz 94-92.

The Jazz will play without Donovan Mitchell tonight out on concussion protocol but will have Rudy Gobert available despite some ankle soreness. Mike Conley is playing probably the best of his career and so the Warriors will have their hands full.

Both of these teams depend heavily on shots from downtown. The Warriors have recently struggled with three point shots and will need to start making those starting tonight against Utah. The Jazz are the highest scoring team in the league and will give Golden State a run for their money.

The first quarter was a high energy start from both teams. The Warriors led at the end of one 33-29. The Warriors were shooting at 54% and the Jazz 53% in this evenly matched game. The Warriors had four from downtown and the Jazz shot five.

Damien Lee had a crazy first half going 4 of 5 from downtown. Early in the second quarter the Warriors had taken a ten point lead 39-29. Damien Lee was a big part of this Golden State lead. The Warriors were moving the ball beautifully keeping the Utah defense off balance. What hurt Golden State were the empty possessions. The Jazz fought back to pull within two points and nothing about this game was going to be easy for either team.

Both teams were playing at a high level and as expected it was raining three’s for both teams. At the half the Warriors led by a single point 55-54. The Warriors shot ten from downtown and the Jazz had seven from beyond the arc. Lee was the Warriors point leader with 12 points and the Jazz’s Bojan Bogdanovic led with 15 points.

The Warriors needed to slow down Bogdanovic in the second half. They were protecting the ball having only four turnovers in the first half. This was a great first half for Golden State but there was still a lot of ball to be played.

It would prove to be a wild second half going right down to the wire. With eight seconds left on the clock the Jazz took a shot trying to tie up this game but the Warrior defense denied Utah. Golden State would win their second game in a row 94-92. The Warriors only scored eleven points in the fourth quarter but managed to come away with the win. The Jazz had a low scoring fourth as well with 17 points but just came up short.

Every starter for Golden State shot double digits, Poole being the high score with 20 points. Bogdanovic was the high for Utah with 21 points. This was a great win for the Warriors. The three’s starting dropping and the turnovers were kept to a minimum. This was exactly what the Warriors needed to win this game and they sure delivered.

Tuesday night the Warriors will take on the Mavericks at Chase. This will be another tough team with a lot of talent and it will be another exciting game. It seems as if Golden State really rises to the occasion when it comes to elite teams. Can the Warriors make it three in a row? We will find out Tuesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Warriors Reverse Third Quarter Meltdown To Beat Jazz 123-116

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) throws down against the Utah Jazz on Sat Jan 1, 2022 in Salt Lake City (AP News photo)

Warriors Reverse Third Quarter Meltdown To Beat Jazz 123-116

By Barbara Mason

Saturday night the Golden State Warriors (28-7) took on the Utah Jazz (26-10) to start off the New Year. This was the second year in a row that Golden State has played on New Years Day. They came into Utah from Denver where they were unable to play the Nuggets due to the inability of Denver to fill out an eight man roster. Golden State won this game 123-116 in a wild fourth quarter in which both teams played at a high level.

The Nuggets had a multitude of injuries coupled with players on covid protocol. The decision to postpone this game came very late in the day, a real frustration for Golden State.

After all the confusion in Denver the Warriors headed to Utah to take on a very tough Jazz team. The team has faced adversity before this season and would have to dig deep to get past Utah who was slightly favored in this game.

After one quarter Golden State led by the score of 29-24. They had shot 46% and came into this game playing fast and strong. It was a nice start for the Warriors, a team that is a third and fourth quarter team. As we have seen time and time again, every attempt was being made to take Stephen Curry out of the game.

Taking Curry out of any game is easier said than done and the Jazz found this out as the second quarter wore on. He will shoot over you and he will find a way to defeat any attempt to slow him down. The Warriors had a 13 point lead mid-way through the second quarter.

Having Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins back gave Golden State the increased depth that we are used to seeing. The offensive effort that we saw from the Warriors in the first half was the difference in this game so far.

The Jazz cut the 13 point lead to five as the quarter began to wind downs but Andrew Wiggins put a stop to Utah’s bid. He finished the half with 17 points. Otto Porter had an amazing half with 16 points, and with two quarters in the books the Warriors led 64-50.

Whatever was said in the Jazz locker room at the half it resonated because they came out on fire. They outscored the Warriors 41-22 in the third quarter The Jazz are the number one team in the league in third and fourth quarter scoring so Golden State had their work cut out for them in the final quarter.

The Warriors sure rallied in the fourth quarter in a masterful offensive display. Golden State held their ground offensively and defensively in the absence of Draymond Green.

Curry finished the game with 28 points, six from downtown. Wiggins had a great game with 25 points. He had eight points in a row in the final four minutes which reversed the course of this game. Otto Porter had 20 points so a great showing from the Warriors this evening. Jordan Poole and Andre Iguodala both had double digits off the bench. This was as impressive a win as I have seen all season from this team.

The Warriors will now head home for a game against the Heat at Chase. The tipoff Monday night is scheduled for 7:00PM.

Kings lose 7th out of last 8 games; Get blown out by Jazz 123-105 Sat night

All too easy for the Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) who scores against Sacramento Kings defense in first quarter action at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Sat Nov 20, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings welcomed in the Utah Jazz (11-5) on Saturday night in Sacramento. For the Kings (6-11), it was the second night of a back-to-back. The first night of the back-to-back saw the Toronto Raptors come to town. The Kings had lost 6-7 entering play on Saturday night and were in desperate need of a spark to rejuvenate the dying season. On Saturday, the Kings were blown out by the score of 123-105. However, before we get into the action on Saturday, let’s take a look at the Kings last game.

Flashback Friday: In the first game of the back-to-back on Friday, the Kings did not play well. They took on the Toronto Raptors, and they were taken to School. The worst it got was at the end of the third quarter when it was 96-66 Raptors, and it looked like all life was gone from the Kings. It was one of their worst losses of the season at home. Kings fans were booing the home team at times throughout the game, and “Fire Luke Walton” chants were heard throughout the arena.

Saturday Night Recap: The Sacramento Kings welcomed the Utah Jazz to Golden One Center on Saturday night. The tip-off was set for 7 PM PST.

In the first quarter, both teams matched each other’s energy. Both teams came out with decent shooting and not a lot of defense. The Kings managed to score 28 points in the first quarter as the Utah Jazz dropped 29. The Kings came out with good energy in the first quarter, but the defense let them down when the offense seemed capable. They would look to tighten up the defense in the second quarter.

In the second quarter, it started rough for the Kings. The Kings ended up going down more than 10 points in the quarter as the Jazz were hitting shots and the Kings weren’t. At 4:25 left in the second quarter, the Kings found themselves down 48-36. However, to the Kings credit, they did not implode. Assisted by Utah turnovers, the Kings managed to stay within striking distance, narrowing the gap to 54-49, entering halftime. The Jazz outscored the Kings in the second quarter, 25-21.

In the third quarter, the Kings came out of the gates strong. By 7:41 left in the third, the Kings had tied the game, and Utah took a timeout with a score of 64-64. But, the questions remained, could the Kings close the quarter? Unfortunately, the answer to that question was no. The Kings didn’t implode, but they only outscored the Jazz 31-30 in the third quarter to take an 84-80 deficit into the fourth quarter. The Kings desperately needed to come back and win the game with a demanding schedule ahead of them.

In the fourth quarter, the Jazz went on a run. The Jazz opened a big lead on the Kings in opening minutes of the fourth quarter and never looked back. The Kings couldn’t keep pace with the powerful show from the Jazz as they were outscored 39-25 in the fourth quarter. The Kings would drop their seventh game in eight tries by the 123-105 and fall to 6-11 on the season. Leading the way in defeat for the Kings was Richaun Holmes who scored 22 points. The Jazz were led in victory by Donovan Mitchell who scored 26 points.

The Kings would need to do some real soul searching in the coming days and the uncertainty of Luke Walton’s job has never been more perilous. Again, for the second straight night, “Fire Luke Walton” chants could be heard towards the end of the blowout loss.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at 7 PM PST.