OAKLAND – Mychal Thompson, the father of Warriors guard Klay Thompson, is unhappy that the team was able to rest healthy players including his son at Denver on Friday.
“This is a disgrace to the fans,” Mychal told 95.7 The Game as he was in town to broadcast the Los Angeles Lakers game Monday. “It is a disservice to the fans.
“My cousin has nine kids. He bought his tickets. He didn’t ask Klay for his tickets. He bought his tickets to take his kids to the Denver game for the first time for them to get to see Klay play in person. He gets there. No Klay.”
DENVER – Warriors forward David Lee has said all the right things about his decreased role this season on a team that has the best record in the NBA.
Asked if in his mind there was a silent disagreement about playing time, Warriors forward David Lee swatted away that idea.
OAKLAND – Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers repeated his contention that DeAndre Jordan is the Defensive Player of the Year before his team goes up against the Warriors’ Draymond Green.
“I just believe that DJ’s No. 1,” Rivers said Sunday. “I don’t think there’s a No. 2.
“I mean, Draymond Green’s great. I love his energy. He’s phenomenal, but DJ’s the best defensive player.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was more coy in his approach. When asked about Rivers’ thoughts that Jordan was “clearly” the Defensive Player of the Year deadpanned that Green was “clearly” the man who will win the award.
Kerr after Green led the defensive charge in a win at Boston was asked about the game being an advertisement for the Defensive Player of the Year candidacy and said, “Please write that because he deserves some accolades for what he does.”
Kerr said before the Clippers game both Green and Jordan have been phenomenal.
“They do different things, but DeAndre has been fantastic,” Kerr said. “He’s all over the place. He covers so much ground.”
Kerr said Green’s versatility on defense was important now that the league features more 3-point shooting and needs defenders to get out on those shooters.
“To have a guy who can do that and protect the rim and grab rebounds and switch on the pick and roll with point guards and stay in front of them, it’s incredibly unique and important,” Kerr said.
OAKLAND – David Lee, the Warriors’ highest-paid player, did not play in Friday’s win against Dallas.
The former All-Star was healthy, but has seen his already-diminished role shrink even more this month. The 104-89 win marked the fourth straight game in which Lee did not play in the second half for coach Steve Kerr.
“I didn’t make that decision until during the game,” Kerr said of not playing Lee. “I haven’t played Mo (Speights) much at all the last few games. I wanted to play Mo. I liked the matchup. We needed some scoring with the second group. We needed a little shooting, so I went with Mo tonight.
“I was hoping to get David out there, but I wanted to stay smaller at the four and more versatile just with our switching game. And I think our defense was really good, so I stayed with a defensive lineup. Festus (Ezeli) did a nice job when he went out there. I wanted to get him on Tyson Chandler, so once I got Festus and Mo out there, it’s hard to keep going and play 13 guys.
“At the beginning of the fourth quarter, I just decided David hasn’t played to this point. He’s a vet. He’s not a guy you put out there for five minutes and clean up the game at the end. We talked about it in the middle of the fourth and just said, ‘You know what? Tonight’s not your night, and hopefully the next game is.’ But every game’s a little different.”
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.”