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Bill Walton has advice for Warriors assistant Luke Walton on considering head coaching jobs: ‘Just stay there’

Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton walks to the bench while playing against the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton walks to the bench while playing against the Chicago Bulls in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Hall of Famer Bill Walton believes his son, Luke Walton, should remain with the Warriors even as their top assistant coach is sure to draw interest from teams this offseason regarding head coaching jobs.

“I want what’s best for Luke Walton,” Bill Walton told ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday. “I’m a Warrior of the Golden State. It doesn’t get any better than what he’s got right now ever in life, and money will not make that happen again. It’s there now. Head coaching jobs, they’re open for a reason, and what he’s got, just stay there.”

Luke Walton is in line to land a more lucrative position after having served as the Warriors’ interim head coach while the team began the season with a 39-4 record, including an NBA-record 24 wins before its first loss.

Steve Kerr received credit from the league for those games and has since returned from his leave of absence that was caused by complications from an offseason back surgery.

The Warriors were 64-6 at the time of Bill Walton’s comments about his 35-year-old son.

“It doesn’t ever get any better than what he’s doing right now,” Walton said. “When you’re 63 (years old), you know that. When you’re 35, 36, you’re saying, ‘Oh, this is just going to last forever.’ But then that inevitable crash, that inevitable fall. And then what Steph Curry is doing right now, money cannot buy that.

“I was on the Blazers. I made a huge mistake when I walked away there. I was on the Celtics. I could not sustain there. It was so fantastic at both those places.”

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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 128-112 win against Portland Trail Blazers

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 128-112 win against the Portland Trail Blazers:

1. Steve Kerr has the utmost respect for Damian Lillard. Kerr made sure to head toward Lillard after the game, and the two had a pleasant conversation in which Kerr expressed admiration for the player even after he was held for 17 points. The gesture came after Lillard appeared annoyed by a comment Kerr made after the last meeting between the two teams. Kerr playfully gave a compliment in comparing Lillard to Stephen Curry. Lillard didn’t put up Curry-like numbers on this night, but there is a healthy respect he has for Kerr.

2. Andre Iguodala rolled his ankle and was limping afterward in the locker room. His status doesn’t look great for Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, and he could be out going forward depending on how the ankle heals. He sprained the left ankle while going after a loose ball and getting tangled up with Damian Lillard. That’s not a good development for the Warriors, given how they struggled with turnovers and flow in his absence. He had just returned to action the previous game after missing time with left hamstring tightness.

3. The Warriors can shoot the lights out. Major discovery on my part, I know. But every so often, Curry and Klay Thompson hammer this point home with 3-point shooting performances that are a sight to see. They combined for 15 3-pointers on this night.

4. Kerr’s messages are getting across. On an off day from practice, the team held a film session to address the turnovers issue. Voila, the Warriors matched a season low with eight of them one day later.

5. Portland can shoot with the Warriors, too. Even on a night they got blown out, they made 19 3-pointers to best the Warriors in that category and come within four of matching the NBA single-game record. If these two teams face off in the playoffs, expect some shootouts.

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Steph Curry on idea of 400 threes: ‘It sounds ludicrous, and it sounds far-fetched, but I’m going to keep the same focus’

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 03: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after scoring in the foiurth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on February 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Warriors defeated the Wizards 134 to 121. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 03: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after scoring in the foiurth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on February 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Warriors defeated the Wizards 134 to 121. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

OAKLAND – Warriors guard Stephen Curry extends his single-season record with every 3-pointer he makes for the rest of the season, and after passing 300, he is on pace to reach the 400 mark.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Curry said. “I’m going to say probably the exact same thing I said two years ago about 300. It sounds ludicrous, and it sounds far-fetched, but I’m going to keep the same focus in how I’ve been playing all year. And if it happens, that’d be amazing. But I’m not going out there chucking just to get to 400. That’s not a focus of mine at all. I’ve just got to continue to just play the way I’ve been playing.”

Curry has 301 3-pointers this season and averages 5.1 per game with 20 games left. He smashed his previous record of 286 last season.

“It’s pretty mind-boggling just the fact that he beat his own record and we’ve still got 20 games left,” backcourt mate Klay Thompson said. “He’s got 300. That’s insane. The man is single-handedly kind of changing the game with the way we see it….It motivates me. One day I want to get to 300.”

“I thought last year with Steph that was the ceiling, but obviously with his hard work, his dedication he proved everybody wrong. I couldn’t imagine hitting 300, so it’s pretty amazing.”

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Scottie Pippen would be fine with the Warriors not breaking the Bulls’ record

Hall of Fame player Scottie Pippen is following what the Warriors as they approach the Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 regular season wins

“Just landed and I can’t believe the Lakers held on!” Pippen tweeted Sunday after the Warriors suffered an upset loss in Los Angeles. “You don’t see the Warriors miss that many from long range too often. But I’ll take it.”

Pippen noted that while the Bulls also suffered a loss to a bad team in March during the 1995-96 season, they lost by only a point to the Toronto Raptors.

The Warriors’ loss dropped their record to 55-6, which still remained one game ahead of the Bulls’ pace in a season when Pippen lead the team in assists and 3-pointers.

“Needless to say it will be an interesting last 21 games for the Warriors. 73 won’t come easy with three games against the Spurs,” Pippen tweeted.

Asked if he didn’t want the Warriors to break the record, Pippen tweeted, “They say records are made to be broken… but I’d be ok to see that one stand for awhile.”

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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 112-95 loss to Los Angeles Lakers

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 112-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers:

1. The NBA schedule is a grind. The Warriors played a 12:30 p.m. after an off night in Los Angeles and appeared sluggish even against one of the worst teams in the league. Steve Kerr mentioned his usual line about how in the NBA, the other teams have talented millionaires, too. “We gave that speech, but it doesn’t always work,” Kerr said. The loss shows just how amazing the 55-6 record is and how the Warriors have avoided similar losses for much of the season.

2. The Splash Brothers struggled from 3-point range like they never have before. Stephen Curry made the first shot of the game and proceeded to miss his final 10 3-point attempts. Klay Thompson missed each of his eight attempts from beyond the arc. And that was the ballgame, as the Warriors didn’t have the firepower on this night to get back into the game.

3. The Warriors’ defense didn’t show up. D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson took advantage of turnovers and had their way. Backup Lakers point guard Marcelo Huertas looked unstoppable at times. Kobe Bryant in his final game against the Warriors showed off some vintage moves. That doesn’t usually happen when the Warriors clamp down on defense.

4. Andrew Bogut said he’s fine. He went to the locker room in the second quarter to address a left knee issue and after the game downplayed it. After all, he came back for the start of the second half. He said he simply collided with Julius Randle and just needed to ice the knee. That’s a big sigh of relief for the Warriors.

5. The Warriors respect Kobe Bryant. He said Curry thanked him for an inspirational career. Draymond Green struggled to come up with only one word to describe the career, calling him “legendary,” but adding that the word didn’t speak enough to Bryant’s competitiveness. Bryant even though his team won’t be going to the playoffs got the last laugh against the Warriors with the upset win.

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Warriors clinch playoff berth

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) and Draymond Green (23) begin to celebrate their National Basketball Association championship as they defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) and Draymond Green (23) begin to celebrate their National Basketball Association championship as they defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

The Warriors, the team with the best record in the NBA, clinched a playoff berth Saturday.

By virtue of the Houston Rockets’ loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors were guaranteed a playoff spot while in the middle of their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Warriors became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff berth in February since the Los Angeles Lakers in 1988.

“I hadn’t thought of that,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game of earning a berth in February. “It would be pretty impressive with lots of games left to go, but we haven’t talked about it as a team. So it’d be a nice accomplishment, but it’s not anything we discuss.”

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Draymond Green’s mom has something to say to Warriors critics

imageLots of talk about the Warriors. Former players taking shots at their throne. Critics questioning their place in history.

Even point guard Stephen Curry is getting annoyed.

He isn’t alone. Mary Babers-Green, mother of All-Star Draymond Green, is getting annoyed by the criticism, too. She penned this letter, an exclusive to Bay Area News Group:

 

WHO ARE WE ALL WATCHING?

That’s right the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS! Last year was supposedly a fluke. Critics were talking, calling it luck, attributing Warriors success to other team’s injuries. But, as I was always told, a WIN IS A WIN. Whether it’s by 1 point or by 50, a win is a win. And in the case of the Warriors, a CHAMPIONSHIP IS A CHAMPIONSHIP! Every team that has hoisted the trophy has benefited from breaks. That’s always a part of being the last team standing. So whether all the opposing players are suited up or not, the Warriors did their job: they won.
*Leandro Barnosa voice* WE BE CHAMPIONSHIP

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