If you needed a gauge for how important Stephen Curry is to the Warriors, watch the replay of Golden State’s 88-81 overtime loss to Memphis.
With Curry out because of a mild-concussion, the Warriors found themselves playing right into the Grizzlies hands. And the result was Golden State’s 11th straight loss to Memphis and the first home loss of the season.
Without Curry, Golden State had 19.9 points and 8.7 assists taken out of their offense. But Curry, clearly, brings even more than that. The intangibles the Warriors rely on created a noticeable void when missing. They missed the threat Curry is on offense. They missed the attention he draws from the defense and his ability to make stuff happen.
“Obviously he’s a big-time player and not having him hurts us,” coach Mark Jackson said. “But the next guy stands up. We are a no-excuse basketball team. I thought my guys gave a great effort. They defended, battled and we fell short.”
Memphis met little resistance while grinding the game into a halt. By the end of the night Wednesday, the Warriors stood only a puncher’s legs. But they had no legs to throw it.
The Warriors managed to out-duke the Grizzlies for a half they led by as much as 12 and early in the third quarter. But over the long haul, Memphis proved to be significantly better at the rough-and-tumble, low-scoring affairs.
“We wanted to push the pace,” Jackson said. “I thought that’s when the game changed when we started to walk it up the floor. They scored a little bit more, slowed it down by posting up their bigs. There’s no secret we are at our best when we are pushing the basketball.”
More on Wednesday’s loss
Kent Bazemore is back. That tight, ineffective player you’ve seen is gone. You’ll see tonight, he says.
“I put the most pressure on myself. Thus far this season, I was just being to consumed with perfection,” Bazemore said after Wednesday’s shoot around. “Throughout my career, I have just let it happen. Early on this season is where I started to be somebody I wasnt and it showed on the floor. I’m back to myself. I’m ready to play. I’m ready to go.”
Bazemore could be in line for some meaningful minutes when the Warriors host the Memphis Grizzlies. Golden State will be without starting point guard Stephen Curry, who was ruled out with a mild concussion. Curry’s back-up, Toney Douglas, is still out with a stress reaction in his left tibia.
Remember the Klay Thompson commercial Midnight Shooter? Narrated by Mark Jackson, it featured Thompson working on his shot late at night. The NBA announced today it won the Best Intra-League Spot for the 2013 Sports Media Marketing Awards.
Fittingly, the award was announced the same day the Warriors debut the new TV “We Are Warriors” commercial. It is called The Assist and it features Klay Thompson and Warriors fan Toni Marshall from Hayward. And you get to see it here first.
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will miss Wednesday’s game vs. Memphis with a mild concussion.
Curry had his head smashed into court when Utah Marvin Williams fell on his head in the fourth quarter of Golden State’s 98-87 road win.
The Warriors initially said Curry just had a headache. But further tests revealed the headache was a symptom of a concussion.
So Golden State is down its starting point guard, it’s backup point guard (Toney Douglas) and two back-up centers (Jermaine O’Neal and Festus Ezeli).
On top of that, Memphis – who has beaten the Warriors in 10 straight — is coming to town.
It was certainly nerve-wracking for Warriors’ fans, watching their teams 28-point lead dwindle and dwindle.
But during the break between the third and fourth quarters, Golden State’s lead down to 13, Mark Jackson didn’t look too worried, or upset, or the least bit irritated.
He then walked over to his huddled team and started talking, his expression not even changing.
Maybe he knew it was just a matter of time before the Warriors’ defense asserted its will. If so, he was right.
Golden State put the clamps down on Utah, leading to a 98-87 win. The Warriors held Utah to 39.5 percent shooting. If not for a garbage-time meltdown by the end of the bench, they would’ve held the Jazz under 80.
They dominated the boards (57-40) and capitalized off nearly every Utah miscue, scoring 19 points off 11 Jazz turnovers. That’s how you win going away despite shooting 40.5 percent – with defense.
“I like what we’re doing. We’re building and we’re starting to get our identity defensively,” center Andrew Bogut said. “We’re only as good as we are defensively. Whenever we (defend) on a consistent basis, we’re tough to stop.”
More on Monday’s win
Rookie center Dewayne Dedmon almost made the Warriors’ opening night roster after a solid training camp showing. So when back-up center Jermaine O’Neal went down with an injury, it was a no-brainer where the Warriors would turn for a stop gap on the frontline.
Golden State signed Dedmon, who was on their NBA Development League roster, to a contract Monday and he will be in uniform tonight as the Utah Jazz host Golden State. The Warriors were down to two centers, Andrew Bogut and little-used rookie Ogjnen Kuzmic, once O’Neal joined center Festus Ezeli on the shelf.