NEW YORK – Warriors guard Klay Thompson admitted that he was “envious” of Stephen Curry and that when he thinks back to going down to his teammate in the Three-Point Contest, he’ll be “a little ticked.”
Thompson is that confident in his shot and was bothered he didn’t come through with a golden opportunity to top Curry at Barclays Center on Saturday.
And Thompson, who afterward tweeted Curry is the “greatest shooter in the history of the game,” wants his rematch in the contest.
“I’ll be back, and hopefully against Steph,” Thompson told reporters.” He got me this year, man, but I’m looking forward to getting him.”
MINNEAPOLIS – Warriors guard Klay Thompson will join Stephen Curry in the All-Star starting lineup Sunday in New York, according to coach Steve Kerr.
The decision to have Thompson start was made by Kerr, who by virtue of the Warriors’ top record in the Western Conference was appointed to coach the All-Star squad. Houston’s James Harden was also named a starter, as Kerr needed replacements for injured players Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin.
“I think it makes a lot of sense to start both Klay and Harden,” Kerr said. “They’re the two best shooting guards in the league this year I think, and they’ve both earned it.”
The Warriors will have two starters in the All-Star game for the first time since Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond were in the lineup in 1967.
“It’s an indication of how far we’ve come,” Kerr said.
Said Curry: “I think it’s kind of a cool deal to have Warriors representation and for Klay to start and have some fun.”
Kerr isn’t done making moves yet. He’ll have to make another decision on the lineup after New Orleans’ Anthony Davis announced he would forgo the All-Star game in order to rest his sprained shoulder.
CLEVELAND — He scored a game-high 29 points. He put up 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a shot clock-beating, nail-in-the-coffin 18-footer with 44.8 seconds left.
But the scoring star of the Warriors’ 105-95 victory here Tuesday night wasn’t who you might expect.
“It wasn’t my night,” guard Monta Ellis said. “It was David Lee’s.”
Ellis had one of his worst offensive performances of the season. He made just 2 of 12 from the field and finished with 10 points.
He left the game with 35.2 seconds left after taking an elbow to the nose from Cavaliers big man Anderson Varejao. With the game was already decided, Ellis didn’t return. X-rays were negative as he suffered just a cut.
With Ellis having an off night, and point guard Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) in street clothes for the seventh consecutive game, the Warriors (5-8) still managed enough offense to outscore the Cavaliers.
You can thank Lee, who also had nine rebounds as Golden State won back-to-back games road games for the first time since November 2010.
Tuesday night continued a torrid stretch for Lee. Over his last five games, Lee is averaging 24.6 points on 64.3 percent shooting. He’s also averaging 11.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
How about this for a change of pace: the Warriors didn’t fall apart in the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth.
Warriors won the third quarter and outscored Chicago 60-44 in the second half, a detour from the trend of hot starts and third quarter meltdowns. And they did it all with virtually six players: Ellis, Maggette, Curry, Biedrins and D-Leaguers Cartier Martin and Anthony Tollilver (Devean George started and played 5:39, and Chris Hunter played 8:51 off the bench). Ellis/Maggette/Curry combined for 94 points on 34-for-71 shooting.
NELLIE: “So here we are, limited. Just about 7 and a half players, but we found a way. That’s good. As you guys know, we’ve actually been playing decently. Usually have had pretty good first halves and then the third quarter has been a problem for us. But tonight we won the third quarter and we had a big fourth quarter. So a very good game for us.”
I just saw this, but the fourth returns from the NBA All-Star balloting was announced Thursday. It doesn’t look good for Monta Ellis’ All-Star chances.
The fourth and final update saw that Houston Rockets guard Tracy McGrady, who has totaled 47 minutes of playing time this season, still in the starting lineup. Ellis really needs Phoenix PG Steve Nash to be named a starter to have a legitimate chance.
It looks like Kobe Bryant’s hand is bothering him to the point he may be a scratch from the All-Star Game. He reaggravated his dislocated pinkie and has all but ruled out his presence in the 3-point shootout. He still hasn’t decided if he’ll play in the game, but the Los Angeles Times reported that Kobe has been telling teammates he’s not going to.
“We’d like him not to play,” Jackson said. “But that has to be a determination that’ll probably be medical more than anything else.”
If Kobe is too injured to play, the league could replace him. It’s commissioner David Stern’s call on who will replace him, but the big snub this year is B. Diddy. Kobe said he still planned on going to New Orleans regardless, something the league would love because of his appeal.
According to a source close to Baron Davis, the Warriors starting point guard was not voted on by coaches as a reserve.
The official announcement comes tonight on TNT.
Davis was no doubt passed up in favor of Steve Nash, Chris Paul and possibly Portland’s Brandon Roy. Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant were voted in by the fans as the starting guards. Davis still could make the team if injury prevents a selected player from participating. Commissioner David Stern selects injury replaces.