PHILADELPHIA – At the end of the third quarter, Draymond Green threw his arms in the air and began shouting to anyone who would listen.
Andre Iguodala. Andrew Bogut. Shaun Livingston. They all heard the message.
Green while collecting four points and three rebounds wanted himself to play better and the team to show some life as it ended up hanging on to an 89-84 win against the cellar-dwelling 76ers.
“We don’t want to stumble into the break,” Green said. “You stumble into the break, you’re going to stumble out of it. So we need to finish this off strong.”
NEW YORK – They hung banners of Stephen Curry outside of Madison Square Garden in advance of the All-Star game and his game against the Knicks.
They cheered him as lineups were announced. They crowded around him in the locker room after the Warriors’ 106-92 win Saturday.
New York loves it some Curry, and even though it shouldn’t have come to it, he put on a show in the end.
Curry hit five 3-pointers, one of which came while being fouled and two of them coming late in the game when the Warriors needed him most. He went 8 for 18 from the field, grabbed six rebounds and two steals.
Afterward, Curry spoke of championships expectations, of what the Warriors could have done better rather than basking in the spotlight.
“The way that it happened, we were helping them by turning the ball over, giving them open shots,” Curry said of the Knicks.
The game was too close for comfort for the Warriors, but they made the big plays in the end thanks to Curry.
That’s nothing unusual. It just can’t be consistently that way in the playoffs, and Curry knows it.
ATLANTA – Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he doesn’t think about the idea that he could see Atlanta in the NBA Finals.
“That’s so far away, and there are so many things that can happen,” Kerr said.
But there was nothing during the Hawks’ 124-116 win that succeeded in holding serve on their home court that made that vision a farfetched one.
The Warriors played well in spurts and were beaten. The Hawks can shoot it as advertised , giving the Warriors a dose of their own medicine. The Warriors kept fighting and afterward did a collective, figurative nod at the punch the Hawks threw in anticipation of maybe some future games to come.
“They’re the best team in the East and the best team in the league along with us,” center Andrew Bogut said. “It was always going to be a battle. We weren’t expecting to come in here and win by 20, so we know we have work to do…We’ll see them again soon.”
The Warriors and forward James Michael McAdoo reached agreement on a second 10-day contract Monday, according to agent Jim Tanner.
McAdoo averaged 37.5 points and 13 rebounds and shot 66 percent from the field in two games for Santa Cruz in his return to the team having completed his first 10-day contract.
The 22-year-old rookie averaged 4.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in three games with the Warriors, racking up 11 points and five rebounds in 13 minutes for his NBA debut.
SALT LAKE CITY – Eyebrows were raised in the Warriors locker room before the game after it was learned Utah big man Enes Kanter had told reporters at shootaround that Andrew Bogut was “nothing special.”
By the time the Warriors had suffered a stunning 110-100 loss, it was Bogut who was left answering for a game in which he said he had played “horribly.”
“My rhythm and flow in this game was horrible,” said Bogut, who finished with four points and four rebounds. “Defensively, I was terrible. I couldn’t help out the team. Usually if I have a bad offensive game, I know I can help us defensively and at least control the ball. And they kicked my (behind) tonight.”
Warriors guard Stephen Curry might not have been on the winning team Tuesday, but his magical pass in the overtime loss to Chicago is something that will be remembered.
Curry in the fourth quarter had the ball in transition faked a behind-the-back pass with his left hand and then used the right for an over-the-shoulder pass to David Lee for a dunk.
That description doesn’t do it justice, so here’s Curry in describing how he actually decided to do the pass.
OAKLAND — Klay Thompson scored 52 points, including an NBA-record 37 of them in the third quarter of the Warriors’ 126-101 win against Sacramento at Oracle Arena.
Here’s how all the action went down Friday, as we pick up this oral history after the Kings came back from 18 points down to cut the Warriors’ lead to 56-51 at halftime.
Steve Kerr: “At halftime, I was so angry I told the guys, ‘Run whatever you want.’ Like ‘I’m not calling any plays because it’s not about any plays we call. It’s are we going to decide to focus? So run whatever you want.’ As (associate head coach Alvin Gentry) would say, they ran two plays – get the ball to Klay and Klay get the ball.”
Draymond Green: “When he hit the first (3-pointer), it’s like, ‘Oh, OK. Good.’ We went up (three) when he hit the first one. Like, ‘Oh, Klay just got us out of the barn.’”
Stephen Curry: “The first three were shots he normally takes. Just coming down, and he’s got a rhythm. And from then on, it was just finding a glimmer of daylight to get a shot off.”