Warriors Beat Wizards In Nation’s Capitol 127-118

Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija (9) goes up for a rebound against Golden State Warriors forward Anthony Lamb (40) and guard Ty Jerome (10) during the first half at the Capital One Center in Washington DC on Mon Jan 16, 2023 (AP News photo)

Warriors Beat Wizards In Nation’s Capitol 127-118

By Barbara Mason

Monday afternoon the Golden State Warriors (22-22) took on the Washington Wizards (18-26) at Capital One Arena in Washington DC. The fact that the Warriors struggled on the road is no secret and opposing teams have been taking full advantage.

After losing against the Bulls Sunday in an absolutely lackluster game, the Warriors got a win Monday 127-118 defeating the Wizards. Stephen Curry has a great history in Washington and the team got a repeat of that history in a collective effort.

The Warriors had a far different start to this game compared to the game in Chicago. Curry had 17 points in the opening quarter. They did a far better job defensively and only had two turnovers in the first quarter. They led after the first 12 minutes 35-33.

Curry had an outstanding first quarter and in the second quarter Jordan Poole stepped up to the plate shooting for 23 points. He finished the half with 26 points and Curry had 21. The Warriors had four turnovers in the second quarter and won the quarter 34-31 leading at halftime 69-64. The Warriors needed to continue protecting the ball and limit the fouls in the second half.

As expected Kristaps Portzingis presented the greatest challenge in this game. He finished the first half with 25 points.

The third quarter was a bit of a let-down for Golden State. The shots from downtown were not dropping going 13 of 36. They had three turnovers and after three quarters this game was tied at 93.

The Warriors made up a seven point deficit to lead 112-108 with four minutes left in the game. The Warriors had contained Portzingis who had five points in the second half with 2:24 left on the clock.

It was the Washington bench that was keeping them in the game. With under two minutes left in the game the Warriors led 123-114 and Curry was approaching 40 plus points. In the final minutes Curry hit a three followed by Poole who shot a three and the Warriors were rolling.

The Wizards played a very good game and had this game in hand through three plus quarters before Draymond Green got his squad going and there was no looking back.

This was the Warriors fifth road win and they really needed this game. Curry finished with 41 points and Poole had 32. The team had a very efficient game with only 12 turnovers a far cry from Sunday’s game total of 23 turnovers.

Next up for the Warriors will be a matchup with Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 PM.

King drop second game on homestand to Wizards 125-111 Friday

Washington Wizards forward Corey Kispert, second from left, drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Fri Dec 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings (17-14) were back in action on Friday night. The Kings last played on Wednesday night as they took on LeBron James and the LA Lakers at home. The Kings handled the Lakers with ease and looked to continue the trend on Friday. The Kings were set to take on the visiting Washington Wizards (13-21) at 7PM on Friday night. The Kings dropped the contest by the final of 125-111.

In the first quarter, the Kings started slow. The Kings offense got off to a sluggish start in the first quarter. They did manage to score 27 points in the first quarter. However, the Wizards scored 28 points with Bradley Beal leading the way with nine. Domas Sabonis led the way for the Kings with eight points.

In the second quarter, it was even worse for the Kings. The Kings offense couldn’t catch a break and the Wizards were running in the open court on offense. The Kings appeared lifeless on this Friday night and the Golden One Center crowd was audibly unhappy.

The Kings were outscored by a massive 40-23 in the second quarter to fall into a 18 point deficit headed into halftime. The Wizards could do no wrong on the offensive end shooting near 60% in the first half. The Kings would need a massive rally in the second half to come back 68-50.

In the third quarter, it was a much more even game. However, that is not what the Kings needed. In desperate need for a big quarter the Kings only managed to hang tight against the Wizards. The Kings scored 33 points in the third compared to the Wizards 34. The massive second quarter for the Wizards was holding strong for them up through the third. The Kings would head into the final quarter down 102-83. Would the Kings pull off a stunning comeback in the fourth?

In the fourth quarter, the Kings weren’t able to rally back. The Wizards continued to put the pressure on the Kings in the fourth quarter so squander any chance the Kings had at a comeback. The Kings managed to out score the Wizards 28-23 in the fourth but it was too little too late.

The Wizards had built such an insurmountable lead in the second quarter that they rolled to the victory 125-111. It was a disappointing loss for the Kings in front of a great Golden 1 Center crowd. Kyle Kuzma led all scorers with 32 points in the game to lead the Wizards to victory.

On the other hand, Domantas Sabonis had a triple double for the Kings and De’Aaron Fox finished with 26 points. It was a disappointing loss for the Kings, akin to the recent loss to Charlotte. However, the Kings will look to turn the page after Christmas.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to take on the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at 7 PM PST.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings host a struggling Wizards team tonight at Golden One

Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis (10) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers center Thomas Bryant (31) during the first quarter at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wed Dec 21, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Sacramento Kings (17-13) did not welcome Lebron “King” James and the Los Angeles Lakers (13-18) into their kingdom and threw them into the moat surrounding Golden 1 Center 134-120.

#2 The Lakers actually had the advantage after the first 12 minutes of play, 26-25 in a quarter that had ten lead changes and five ties.

#3 The Kings managed to take the lead at the midway point of the contest with veteran forward and champion, Harrison Barnes led the charge with 14 points and totaled 20 for the game. At the half, 66-58 Kings.

#4 The fourth was just a formality, as the Kings held on to win by 14, despite being outscored by six at the hands of the Lakers.

#5 The Kings host the Washington Wizards who have lost nine of their last ten games. The Kings who are in sixth place and have won six of their last ten games. How do you see this game after the 7:00pm tip tonight.

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

Warriors Bid Sayonara To Tokyo Winning Game Two 104-95

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry sign autographs for fans in Tokyo during the Tokyo pre season series on Sat Oct 1, 2022 before their game with the Washington Wizards (@warriors photo)

Warriors Bid Sayonara To Tokyo Winning Game Two 104-95

By Barbara Mason

The Golden State Warriors (2-0) took on the Washington Wizards (0-2) in the second game of their two game series amidst a sell-out enthusiastic crowd. As in game one the applause for the Golden State Warrior lineup was thunderous.

Draymond Green addressed the crowd before the game. “On behalf of myself, my team mates our coaching staff we just to thank you all for an incredible experience,” he said. “Being in Tokyo for these last five days has been absolutely amazing. I look forward to living here one day. Thank ya’ll, we love y’all.” News flash??? but that is what the man said.

This game was a close one going into halftime. The Wizards held a slim lead 56-54. Washington won the third quarter 29-20 to extend their lead 85-74. The fourth quarter was all Warriors stuffing the Wizards 30-10. The final was 104-95 in favor of Golden State.

After a quiet game one Golden State guard Stephen Curry finished this game with 17 points and five rebounds. Warriors Moses Moody and Patrick Baldwin Jr. both scored twelve points off the bench.

The Wizards had four starters in double digits; Kristaps Porzingis finished with 18 points, Will Barton with 12, and Rui Hachimura and Monte Morris both with 11.

There are a multitude of things to clean up for both teams and that’s why we have a pre-season. After 17 turnovers in game one for Golden State that will surely be one of them.

So back to the states for the Warriors gearing up for a game with the Los Angeles Lakers on October 9 at Chase. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM.

Warriors Kickoff Pre-Season In Tokyo Beating Wizards 96-87

The Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (left) and the Washington Wizards Rui Hachimura (right) are presented before their game in Tokyo on Thu Sep 29, 2022 (@Warriors photo)

 

Warriors Kickoff Pre-Season In Tokyo Beating Wizards 96-87

By Barbara Mason

The NBA preseason got underway a world away last night in Japan. The World Champion Warriors took on the Washington Wizards in a two game series.

Friday night a sellout crowd in Tokyo got to see not only the defending champion Golden State Warriors but they also got to see Japan native Rui Hachimura who is a starter for the Wizards. He understandably got a huge round of applause from the crowd when introduce along with the Wizard starters.

It has been awhile. In fact, the last time a preseason series was played was back in 2019, that game a contest between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors.

Fans got to enjoy the play of not only the starters but the bench as well. None of the Warriors played more than 20 minutes in this game and going into the third quarter both teams were digging deep into their benches.

The Warrior’s James Wiseman, after missing all of last season, played 24 minutes and had the high score with 20 points, He hit on eight of 11 shots and had nine rebounds on his return. It could not have gone better for Wiseman after so much missed time. The high score for the Wizards was Hachimura with 13 points and nine rebounds. Wiseman and Hachimura were the only players to finish in double digits.

It’s early and it’s the preseason and so there were the expected early turnovers and erratic passes. Both teams shot under 33% in the first half and by game’s end they finished under 37%. Despite the less than stellar shooting, the crowd enjoyed a game that they will remember for a long long time. They got to see some of the world’s greatest players and they showed their appreciation with thunderous applause throughout the game.

Klay Thompson did not play in this game and Jordan Poole started in his place. The team continues to be cautious with Thompson since his return last January after suffering a torn ACL and a ruptured Achilles which sidelined him 2 1/2 season. He will not play in this series.

The second game of this series will be played on Saturday with tipoff at 10:00 PM on NBA TV.

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