Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors drop fifth game out of six; Also Barbara’s favorite moment from the Oscar Awards

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) goes for two against the Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (4) at the Capital One Arena in Washington on Sun Mar 27, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara is it pretty evident with no Stephen Curry the Golden State Warriors (48-27) have lost their way?

#2 The Washington Wizards who defeated the Warriors on Sunday 123-115 had lost four of their last eight games playing .500. a team that were the underdogs but the way the Warriors have been playing it’s a safe bet not to go near this one.

#3 The Wizards who got an eight point win over the Warriors held close leads for most of the game and hung on to defeat Golden State. The Wizards got scoring help from Corey Kispert 25 points, Kristaps Porzingis 23 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who had 22 points.

#4 Warriors leading scorers Jordan Poole led with 26 points, Klay Thompson 25, Andrew Wiggins with 24, maybe they should give Draymond Green the ball more often he finished seven.

#5 Don’t get fresh with the Fresh Prince: Barbara getting off the Warriors subject you had a chance to watch the Oscar Awards tonight the highlight was when comedian Chris Rock got slapped in the face in front of a live audience on live TV by Comedian Will Smith after Rock made a joke about the Fresh Prince’s wife Jada Smith being GI Jane 2. It was a hard slap delivered by Smith right on the face of Rock who was stunned. What was more stunning is Smith dropping the F bomb telling Rock “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—–g mouth” not once but twice.

Join Barbara for the Golden State Warriors podcast Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Again, No Second Half Surge For Warriors; Wizards 123 Warriors 115

Washington Wizards forward Corey Kispert (24) takes a shot against the Golden State Warriors at the Capital One Center in Washington DC on Sun Mar 27, 2022 (AP News photo)

Again, No Second Half Surge For Warriors; Wizards 123 Warriors 115

By Barbara Mason

Sunday afternoon the Warriors (48-27) took on the Washington Wizards (32-42) at Capital Arena. They would play the game with the same lineup as their game against the Atlanta Hawks Friday night in a losing effort 121-110.

The Warriors had a great offensive game in the first half of that matchup but the defense was lacking and would have to be cleaned up. The Warriors couldn’t keep up dropping their second straight game to the Wizards 123-115.

The Warriors have fallen 3.5 games behind the second place Memphis Grizzlies but are 3.0 games ahead of the fourth place Utah Jazz in the Western Conference. There have been numerous scenarios of just who the Warriors could meet in the first round of the playoffs.

I believe that if you plan to win a championship it doesn’t matter who you play. You have to be equipped to beat every team in the playoffs. You have to be able to beat the best of the best.

The Wizards had a nice first quarter leading mid-way through the game 14-7. The Warriors had some open looks in the quarter but were not able to put points on the board. Their defense looked good and they needed their offense to start clicking.

Despite being outplayed in the opening quarter and shooting only 33% the Warriors were still in this game. The Wizards led 28-24 going into the second quarter and Golden State had to find their offense.

The Warriors fell behind 48-37 mid-way through the second quarter. They had to start stringing some stops together and take away the momentum that the Wizards were playing with.

Washington was confident offensively building a 51-37 lead and the Warriors needed to shut down their rhythm and make a run before the half. After trailing by 18 the Warriors made up some ground at the half. The Wizards led 59-51.

The third quarter was equally as frustrating for Golden State. Every time they got a little momentum going they would either fail to score or turn the ball over. The Warriors were 7 of 25 on three’s through three quarters. Washington continued to lead 92-81.

The fourth quarter went from bad to worse when Draymond Green was hit with a technical foul four minutes into the quarter. The Wizards were having their best three point shooting game of the season. The Warriors could not take the Wizards out of this game giving the Wizards their 30th second win of the season 123-115. For the Warriors it was simply no offense – no win.

Outscored by 24 points from behind the three point line the Warriors struggled from the get go. They did get some offensive work from Jordan Poole with 26, Klay Thompson 25 and Andrew Wiggins with 23.

Draymond Green had a tough game struggling with too many turnovers seven points, six assists and only five rebounds. It was the shots from downtown that failed Golden State. It was an ugly loss for the Warriors and Golden State had lost another game that they had no business losing.

The Warriors will finish this disappointing road trip tomorrow taking on the second place Memphis Grizzlies. This will be a very challenging game especially if they play the way that they played against the Wizards. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Warriors looking for fifth straight win host Celtics tonight at Chase

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) guard Jordan Poole (3) head down the floor against the Washington Wizards at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Mon Mar 14, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 Dave, the Golden State Warriors (47-22) are on a four game win streak in the last win on Monday night against the Washington Wizards (29-38) for his birthday Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 47 points in their 126-112 win at Chase Center.

#2 The Warriors Draymond Green didn’t waste anytime after returning Monday from his time off. Green in the first 11 seconds back passed to Curry who shot a three pointer to get Green on his way back.

#3 The Warriors host the Boston Celtics (41-28). The Celtics after winning five straight dropped their contest against the Dallas Mavericks (42-26) 95-92 at TD Waterhouse Garden in Boston. Celtics can take it to any club in the NBA how do you see the Warriors and Celts matching up on Wednesday night?

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

47 candles for 47 points on Curry’s birthday as Golden State takes out Washington 126-112

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is congratulated by forward Draymond Green (23) after scoring a three pointer in the first half at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Mon Mar 14, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

It was a great Monday night game for the Golden State Warriors. It was Stephen Curry’s birthday and we saw the return of Draymond Green. It had been 1005 days since the tenacious threesome Curry, Thompson and Green had played a game together. Reunited and it sure felt good. The Warriors (46-22) took on the Washington Wizards (29-37) at Chase Center.

The Wizards are 11th in the Eastern Conference and are 3.5 games out of 10th place. It is a given that Curry will again be double teamed but not to the extent that he was against the Bucks Saturday night.

The Warriors had an amazing start to the game and had hit seven three’s in the first quarter. They led 33-30 with the Wizards nipping at their heels for the entire quarter. There were monstrous cheers when Green hit his first basket. Curry was able to get loose even having some uncontested shots. Although a close game so far the Warriors were looking real good.

Golden State really got going in the second quarter leading at the half 73-57. It was a far different game for Curry tonight already having scored 20 points in two quarters. Not known for their three-point shooting, the Wizards rely on shooting in the paint, which the Warriors shut down pretty well.

Washington was forced to attempt three point shots and was actually having some success although it was not enough to keep up with Golden State. Green had five points and four rebounds in his return in the first half.

The Warriors went into the third quarter with Curry playing lights out basketball shooting for 34 points a vast difference from Saturday’s game. Thompson already had 20 points and Poole had 14 points. They led 101-84 after three. The Warriors had hit 15 from downtown and there was some outstanding defense going on for the Warriors.

The Wizards made a move in the fourth quarter and had pulled to within 11 points. They had gotten some great work from their bench with 38 points. The Warriors had cooled off mid-way through the final quarter and Washington was trying to take advantage. With 5:15 left in the game the Wizards trailed by single digits.

Closer Curry came in to finish off the Wizards. Curry continued to get some great separation and had made nine of his last ten shots. He was playing on another level, an unearthly level and couldn’t be stopped. He finished with 47 points and Golden State had won their fourth game in a row.

Poole and Thompson both came away with 20 points in this game. This was such an efficient game for the Warriors offensively. It was a vast difference from a week ago, a total reversal.

“I’ve got to get my timing back. It’s just like riding a bike,” said Green after the game. “Obviously the two seed would be great but whether it be the two seed or the three seed it doesn’t matter,” he said.

It was a huge disappointment for Washinton. They had gone 0 for 4 on this road trip and hopes for a play-in game were rapidly fading.

Wednesday night the Warriors will be taking on the hottest team in the NBA right now the Boston Celtics. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors back into the swing of things after big win over Bucks

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins, center, throws down between Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, and forward Jordan Nwora (13) at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sat Mar 12, 2022 (AP News photo)

  1. Saturday night the Golden State Warriors took on the reigning World Champion Bucks.  What challenges did they face in in this game?

2. Although superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points in this game it was just not enough to get past the Warriors.

 3.Klay Thompson had his struggles off and on since his comeback but Saturday saw  an electric performance beating the Bucks.  Not only Thompson but Jordan Poole also had a light’s out game.

4. It was a very cool night for Stephen Curry who only scored eight points in the game but with the depth of this roster it was no problem.  Curry didn’t really get a chance to shoot being double teamed all night.

5. Tonight the Warriors take on the Washington Wizards who sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and have a lot to play for.  How will the Warriors handle this contest.

Barbara Mason does the Warriors podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kings big second half overtake Wizards 123-110

Washington Wizards forward Corey Kispert (24) drives to the net against Sacramento Kings guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) at the Capital One Arena in Washington on Sat Feb 12, 2022 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

WASHINGTON, DC. — Two games after their big blockbuster trade, Cap City is looking to have the last laugh.

The Sacramento Kings outscored the Washington Wizards 64-45 in the second half to cruise to a 123-110 victory on Saturday evening at Capital One Arena.

Sacramento has won two out of its last three games and sit one and a half games back of 10th place in the Western Conference, the final spot for the play in game. Washington has lost three out of its past four games.

De’Aaron Fox opened up the game with six straight points. Newly acquired Domantas Sabonis also had three easy dunks in the first quarter for the Kings.

Washington (25-30) went on a six-zero run to end the first quarter as the led 29-24 at the end of the opening 12 minutes.

Kyle Kuzma scored 11 of his 17 first half points in the second quarter as Washington jumped out to their biggest lead of the half 50-37 on an 8-0 run with 5:32 remaining in the second quarter.

The Wizards had 17 points off of nine Kings turnovers in the first half.

Sacramento (22-36) closed out the quarter on a 21-15 run to close the gap to 65-59 at halftime. Maurice Harkless led the charge for the Kings with 15 first half points, including three for three from three-point range.

It was all Kings in the third quarter as they dominated the Wizards as they outscored them by 10, 33-23 to erase a six-point deficit. Sparked by a 16-4 run in just under five minutes late in the quarter, Sacramento had its biggest lead at 90-84 with two minutes remaining when Chimezie Metu hit a three pointer. Harrison Barnes paced the Kings with 11 points in the quarter.

Sacramento opened up the fourth quarter on 15-8 run in the first three minutes as they extended to its biggest lead at 11 points at 107-96. Fox took charge as he scored seven points in a row for the Kings.

The Kings closed out the game on 17-12 in the final four minutes.

Fox led all scorers with 26 points to go along with four assists and two rebounds. Barnes finished with 21 and Sabonis with 16 points respectively. Harkless also had 17 points as all five starters finished in double digits.

Kuzma led the Wizards in scoring with 22 points to go along with his eight rebounds and seven assists. Corey Kispert chipped in with 20 points.

GAME NOTES: Sacramento finished 12-for-28 from beyond the arc. Washington was 13-for-38.

UP NEXT: Sacramento continues its three-game road trip on Monday 2/14 as they take on the Brooklyn Nets at 4:30pm at Barclay’s Center.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings in Washington Saturday looking for second straight win

Sacramento Kings players Domantas Sabonis, right, and Jeremy Lamb, left go over plays with Kings assistant coach Lindsey Harding before the game on Thu Feb 10, 2022 at Golden One in Sacramento (AP News photo)

On the Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Sacramento Kings (20-35) have won three of their last five games and picked up a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-35) 113-110 on Wednesday.

#2 The Kings Harrison Barnes played a big role in the win leading the Kings with 30 points.

#3 The Kings were in that terrible ten game losing streak and worked hard and figured a way out how much of that was head coach Alvin Gentry?

#4 De’Aaron Fox finished second in scoring with 27 points how important has Fox been in the role of contributing on offense for the Kings.

#5 The Kings are in Washington to take on the Wizards (24-29) the Wizards got a big win over the Brooklyn Nets 113-112 on Thursday night in Washington. Tell us how you see the Kings chances in Washington on Saturday.

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

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Aaron Fox who led Kings in scoring Wed is in Covid 19 protocols

Sacramento Kings Doug Christie assistant coach filling in for head coach Alvin Gentry seen here giving instructions during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wed Dec 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Sacramento Kings (12-17) topped the Washington Wizards (15-14) 119-105 at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wednesday night. The Kings guard De’Aaron Fox who led the Kings in scoring with 28 points was put on Covid 19 protocols and will not be playing on Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies at Golden One Center.

#2 Harrison Barnes who finished with 19 points and scored 15 in the fourth quarter and that really was a difference maker after the Kings won by four points.

#3 Barnes had two three point plays and a three pointer himself that helped the Kings snap their three game losing streak.

#4 Assistant coach Doug Christie coached and led the Kings to victory on Wednesday night. Head coach Alvin Gentry, Marvin Bagley III, and Terence Davis were all out for Covid 19 protocols.

#5 The Memphis Grizzlies (18-11) who have won seven of their last eight games and defeated the Portland Trailblazers (11-18) on Wednesday night 113-103 are coming to Golden One Center tonight you’ll be covering tonight’s thriller how do you see this match up?

Join Jeremiah for the Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NBA Playoffs podcast: Joe Hawkes takes a look at today’s playoff action

On the NBA Playoffs with J Hawkes:

#1 Washington Wizards 118 @ Philadelphia 76ers 125 (game 1)

#2 Los Angeles Lakers 90 @ Phoenix 99 game 1

#3 Atlanta Hawks 107 @ New York Knicks 105 game 1

#5 Memphis Grizzlies @ Utah Jazz game 1

Join Joe for the NBA Playoffs throughout the post season for the NBA Playoff podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Wizards find way to come back in fourth quarter beat Warriors 118-114

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry embraces with Washington Wizards Bradley Beal (right) following their game in Washington on Wed Apr 21, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors (29-30) ended their five-game road trip in Washington Wednesday night. The Warriors were hoping to avenge a tough 110-107 loss to the Wizards (25-33) at the Chase Center on April 6th. In that game, the Wizards won when Bradley Beal completed a four-point play to give Washington the win.

On Wednesday, it was a similar ending. The Warriors fought back from an early 19-point deficit to play well in the second and third quarters. They led by ten late in the fourth quarter, but the Wizards kept attacking the rim—the Warriors kept committing fouls, and the Wizards won the game from the free-throw line. The final score was 118-114 in favor of Washington.

The Wizards found a way to contain Stephen Curry. In the first quarter, two Wizard players were hounding Steph. They forced Curry to commit four turnovers. The Wizards led by 19 at one point in the quarter. The Warriors’ five starters could not get anything going. Kelly Oubre, Jr., playing on the second unit, gave the Warriors offense a jolt, but it wasn’t enough as they finished the quarter trailing 38-20.

With Curry and Draymond Green on the bench, The second unit’s Jordan Poole, Kelly Oubre, and Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors on a 24-28 run to tie the game at 44. Washington’s defense stiffened, and the Wizards finished the first half leading 60-58. Kelly Oubre led the offense with 18. Kent Bazemore and Andrew Wiggins each had 10. Curry had four.

The Warriors second unit paced the Warriors’ offense in the third quarter. Jordan Poole, Oubre, and Bazemore helped propel the Warriors into the lead 93-86 after three periods of action. Unfortunately, they were not able to put the game in the win column.

They led by eight 101-93. The Wizards kept attacking, and the Warriors kept fouling. The Wizards crept within a single point 106-105 with 2:44 left to play. The big Latvian, Davis Bertrans, knocked down a three to put Washington ahead 110-108. The Warriors tied it at 110. Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal each made a two-point bucket to give Washington the advantage 114-110.

Curry made a basket to make it 114-112. Bertrans connected again. Curry answered with another deuce. The Warriors trailed by two, but time was running out. They fouled Bertrans, and he made both free throws to ice the win for the Wizards.

Game Notes and Stats: With the loss, the Warriors finished the five-game road trip with a record of 3-2. The Warriors knew that they could have won all five games or at least four of the five. That didn’t happen, and their season record stands at 29-30 with thirteen games left in the season. The Warriors have the ninth-best record in the Western Conference. The Wizards, winners of six straight and eight of their last nine, are 25-33 for the year.

Curry did not lead the team in scoring. The Wizards snapped his streak of 11 consecutive games with 30 or more points. Curry finished with 18 points. He was seven-for-25 from the floor, and he made two threes in 14 attempts. It was a season-worst for Curry.

Kelly Oubre led the team with 24 points, nine rebounds, and an assist. Jordan Poole had 22 points and three boards. Poole had a season-high six threes. Kent Bazemore ended with nineteen points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Wiggins had 14, Kevon Looney six points and eight boards, Greem eight points, four rebounds, and eight assists. The team shot 39.6% from the floor, and they made 15 threes in 45 attempts. 

The Warriors committed 23 fouls. Those fouls led to 32 points for Washington. The Wizards outscored the Warriors by 13 from the free-throw line 32-19. Those points made the difference in the game.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards’ offense with 29 points. Davis Bertrans and Daniel Gafford each had 19. Gafford had a double-double as he pulled down ten boards. Raul Neto had 18. Russell Westbrook finished with another triple-double. Westbrook tallied 14 points, pulled down 20 boards, and had ten assists. 

The Wizards’ 20-year-old forward from Israel, Deni Avdiya injured his ankle with 40 seconds left in the first half. Avdija left the court in a wheelchair. The seriousness of the injury is not yet known.

After the game, Curry had this to say: “It was a great run,” Curry said after the game. “It was something that hadn’t been done before. It was going to end at some point. Now you got to start another one. So it’s just a matter of the next-play mentality.

Just try to get rejuvenated when we go home — to do it home, road, some big games, put a streak together, it was a special ride for sure. And never really get too hyped up on individual streaks or accolades like that. There were some historical names that I was able to pass. And doing something at this age was pretty special.”

The Warriors return to action Friday night when they host the Denver Nuggets. There will be fans in the stands for the first time this season. The Warriors will have the fans be tested for Covid-19.

The game will start at 7 pm.