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Joe Lacob: Kerr is “exactly what we’re looking for”

Warriors owner Joe Lacob said within five minutes of the conclusion of his meeting with Steve Kerr, he knew he wanted Kerr to be his new coach. (Staff photo/Susan Tripp Pollard).

Warriors owner Joe Lacob said within five minutes of the conclusion of his meeting with Steve Kerr, he knew he wanted Kerr to be his new coach. (Staff photo/Susan Tripp Pollard).

Here’s a transcript from Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob talking about the hiring of new coach Steve Kerr.

When you met in him OKC, what was a key moment?

“It was a three hour-plus meeting. When you’ve hired a lot of people in your life, you sit there and you’re in a process meeting other people. And all of a sudden you sit there with a guy, you know it when you see it, you know it when you hear it. This guy is it.”

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With basketball relegated to the background, Warriors play their best game of the series to tie it at 2-2

Stephen Curry and the Warriors tied their first-round playoff series with the Clippers at 2-2 with a dominant win Sunday. (AP photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

Stephen Curry and the Warriors tied their first-round playoff series with the Clippers at 2-2 with a dominant win Sunday. (AP photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

In a lot of ways, basketball took a backseat today to the wildly offensive comments Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling is alleged to have made.

Those questions dominated both coaches’ pregame availability. President Barack Obama chimed in, as did Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan, the NAACP and Warriors owner Joe Lacob. Then the Clippers performed a quiet protest when they took the court.

For a basketball game, there were about as many non-basketball story lines as you could imagine. But eventually, and to the benefit of the Warriors, basketball had to be played.

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Game 76 rewind: Short-handed Warriors dominate Kings

The story of the night at the Coliseum complex was the rained out A’s game even though it wasn’t raining. Seriously A’s, no tarp on the infield? Unbelieveable.

Just about the same time word was coming down that the A’s game was getting postponed because of sloppy playing conditions, the Sacramento Kings looked like they were the ones dealing with sloppy playing conditions. The first-half effort from the neighbors to the north bordered on laughable.

A lot of that credit goes to the Warriors, who quickly picked up two fouls on Sacramento’s star center DeMarcus Cousins (.ie, the one player on that team most likely to create havoc). He picked up two fouls in the first 1 minute, 42 seconds, and that was really the start of a bad night for the Kings.

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Game 63 rewind: Warriors survive scare from Thompson in easy home win

Klay Thompson gave everybody in Warrior land a scare when he landed hard on his back, then hit his head and eventually left the court in seemingly considerable pain. The sigh of relief came after the game when coach Mark Jackson said Thompson was set to return for the second quarter until he “got my Pop on” and rested him.

Thompson was still in the locker room when the media arrived and he wasn’t with the trainers. He didn’t speak at length, but echoed what Jackson said in that he was fine. So it seems as if there should be no major concerns about Thompson’s health.

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Game 48 rewind: Warriors earn no-styles-points-required victory

Style points are nice. We like big, easy wins. They are easy on deadlines, fun for the fans, and good for the bench to get some playing time. Right now, it seems those are only coming when the Warriors play against top-four teams in the Western Conference.

Tonight’s game was a time where you could brush aside the style points. I think we all saw a game like this coming. Fresh off a back-to-back, fresh off an emotional wins it’s a game that is a prime candidate for a letdown. And for about 3 1/2 quarters, that’s what it looked like.

The first 10 minutes of the game were good, when the Warriors established a 23-14 lead. But the Jazz got back in it with a 12-0 run and really controlled the play all the way until midway through the fourth quarter. With David Lee out with issues with his shoulder and his hip, the Warriors needed to find extra scoring. They didn’t.

Andrew Bogut was the one guy who did deliver, pouring in 16 points, grabbing 17 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. But outside of him, it was all Stephen Curry and nobody else. Curry had a season-high 44 points. He made 14 of 26 from the field and 8 of 13 from 3-point range. He and Bogut combined to go 22 of 39 — that’s 56.4 percent. The rest of the team: a putride 11 of 49 for 22.4 percent.

Klay Thompson had an awful night offensively. He scored 11 points — the only other player besides Curry and Bogut in double figures — but that came on 3 of 20 shooting. He managed to make just 1 of 14 shots from INSIDE the 3-point arc.

So how did Golden State win? It only turned the ball over nine times and turned it up defensively in the second half. The Warriors allowed just 19 points in the fourth quarter and showed why coach Mark Jackson preaches playing defensive basketball. They won a game despite making only 37.5 percent of their shots, even with their opponent hitting nearly 48.

Under different circumstances, you could lament this win for not being more convincing against a bad opponent. Do the Warriors get a complete pass for winning ugly? No. You’d like to see them dominate teams more, even on a back-to-back. But as Andrew Bogut said, “A win in this league is like gold. You’ve got to cherish it no matter who it’s against.” Or how it comes.

 

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David Lee (shoulder, hip) out vs. Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY — Warriors forward David Lee will not play Friday night against the Utah Jazz, with his sprained left shoulder and an ailing hip leading to his absence.

Coach Mark Jackson made no mention of Lee’s absence when speaking before the game but Lee told the San Francisco Chronicle that he won’t be able to play tonight after testing out the shoulder and hip before the game. Harrison Barnes will start in his place.

Lee sprained the shoulder Jan. 20 against the Indiana Pacers and had played through the pain in the four games since. But this is the first time playing games on back-to-back nights since suffering the injury and he told the Chronicle that he wasn’t able to get the necessary anti-inflammatory injection on the road. His injury came during the first game of a five-game home stand.

Lee is averaging 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game for the Warriors.

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Game 44 rewind: A bad, bad loss for the Warriors

The Warriors lost a game Friday night they had no business losing. At home against a team that was 20-21 entering the night. Have…to…win. At least if you want to fancy yourself a Western Conference contender. Right now, the Warriors aren’t.

They’re a playoff team still, but right now they aren’t a contender. You can’t pretend to call yourself one when you are just 4-10 against fellow Western Conference playoff teams and 6-13 against teams in the conference who are currently .500 or better. I’ll delve deeper into that subject during my off-day story tomorrow. For now, let’s talk about this 121-120 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The feeling in the Warriors locker room was this loss had nothing to do with Harrison Barnes missing a wide-open jumper at the buzzer. That’s accurate. This had everything to do with 48 minutes of, once again, not playing good enough defense. They allowed 36 in the first quarter…on their home court where they should be able to jump out on teams. Right now, they aren’t. And Mark Jackson took the starters to task for it.

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