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Ticket prices to watch the Warriors look to make history are high

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) flexes his muscles against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June  16, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) flexes his muscles against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Fans looking to purchase tickets to see the Warriors try to set the record for the best start in NBA history with a win Tuesday at Oracle Arena against the Los Angeles Lakers will face steep prices.

VIP seats were being listed for as much as $5,264 each as of Monday morning on Warriors.com, where the team directs fans looking to purchase resale tickets through Ticketmaster. An upper level seat could be had for as little as $263.

StubHub, which saw its antitrust lawsuit against the Warriors and Ticketmaster dismissed earlier this month, had sellers offering courtside seats for $4,558 each and a standing-room only ticket for as little as $249.

SeatGeek, a ticket search engine, categorized the listings it had available for the game as “awful deals.” A single ticket could be had for as little as $405, with a front-row seat going for as much as $1,733 each.

The first 10,000 fans to enter the gates do get the added benefit of receiving Draymond Green championship edition bobbleheads.

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Remembering the Washington Capitols of 1948-49, who would likely be awed by these Warriors now on their heels

The Warriors are on the cusp of tying a remarkable team record and possibly breaking it — best-ever start to an NBA season. The mark is 15-0, and Golden State can tie it Sunday in Denver then potentially break it Tuesday at home against the lowly 2-10 Los Angeles Lakers if they can get by the 6-7 Nuggets.

The record has stood for 67 years, and it was equaled by the 1993-94 Houston Rockets. We know a little bit about those Rockets, who not only went 15-0 to start, they won seven more in a row after their first loss and were 22-1 at one point. They only wound up winning 58 games, but nonetheless captured the NBA title behind Hakeem Olajuwon with role players like Kenny Smith, Otis Thorpe, Vernon Maxwell, Robert Horry, and even a former Warrior, Mario Elie.

But what of the 1948-49 Washington Capitols, who established this venerable record? What do we know about them? Not much. For starters, it wasn’t even the NBA then — it was the Basketball Association of America, and it wouldn’t become the NBA until a year later when the BAA merged with the National Basketball League.
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Warriors 124, Clippers 117: Blake Griffin deals with reality of Golden State as better team

LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin went through the box score and noted the Warriors’ late-game greatness. Eight of their last nine 3-point attempts were good in the fourth quarter. They were 11 for 15 from the field to finish the game overall and nine for 10 from the free throw line.

“Those numbers are insane,” Griffin said Thursday after the Warriors’ 124-117 win.

After the Warriors came back from 23 points down on the road as the Clippers coughed up the lead, Griffin was asked about the rivalry.

But to have a rivalry, it’s got to be more evenly matched. The Warriors have a championship and have now beaten the Clippers in five of their past six meetings. As Klay Thompson said last month, the Warriors have smacked the Clippers.

“I wouldn’t really call this a rivalry,” Griffin said. “They have the upper hand. They’re the better team. They have been the last two games, last year. We’re trying to get to where they’re at.”

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Warriors 109, Pistons 95: Andrew Bogut praises Festus Ezeli

Andrew Bogut returned to action after suffering a concussion in a win against the Detroit Pistons, and he is expected to come off the bench again against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

That leaves Festus Ezeli as the starting center for now. Bogut offered praise for Ezeli, a younger player who has taken advantage of his opportunities.

“He’s being aggressive,” Bogut said. “Early on in his career, he was bobbling some balls. He was kind of nervous I guess in spot minutes. But the more minutes that he’s got, he’s become more confident. He’s catching some tougher passes now, and he’s getting them up and dunking on people. He’s getting some offensive rebounds. He’s a beast out there. He’s a big, big guy. He takes up a lot of space. He’s very strong and athletic, and he’s done a great job for us. Defensively, he’s really starting to figure out where you’ve got to affect the game even without scoring.”

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Warriors 119, Nuggets 104: Ezeli has created a pleasant problem in the post with Bogut’s return close

Andrew Bogut might be back Saturday night in Sacramento, but more likely Monday night at Oracle against Detroit. When he finally comes back, though, it might not be as the starting center.

Festus Ezeli simply has been too good with the first unit. He scored a career-high 16 points Friday night against Denver, hit all seven of his shots, played splendid defense, ran the floor like a demon and he is flourishing playing with the first unit, specifically with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green lobbing balls to him at the rim. Festus is catching and stuffing everything thrown his way. He’s actually averaging double figures (10.3 ppg) just on dunks and clean-up stuff around the basket, which two years ago would have seemed an impossibility.

Ezeli is clearly the Warriors’ future at center. He’ll be a restricted free agent at the end of the year but there’s no way Joe Lacob and Bob Myers let this kind of young, emerging big man get away. They’ll match any offer, and chances are it won’t even come to that. The Warriors will pay him whatever the market dictates before someone tries to pry him away.
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Warriors 112, Clippers 108: Luke Walton pushes all the right buttons

Assistant coach and temporary head coach Luke Walton talks to Golden State Warriors' Leandro Barbosa (19) during their game against the Toronto Raptors in the second quarter of their preseason NBA game at the SAP Center  in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Assistant coach and temporary head coach Luke Walton talks to Golden State Warriors’ Leandro Barbosa (19) during their game against the Toronto Raptors in the second quarter of their preseason NBA game at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND – It wasn’t long ago in the preseason when Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton was going over the NBA’s timeout rules with Steve Kerr.

During a timeout in Wednesday’s thriller of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Warriors trailing by eight points with 8:19 left in the fourth quarter, Walton knew which buttons to press.

“He came to the huddle telling us they were really excited jumping up and down when they got up eight, and don’t let that deflate us because there’s still eight minutes left,” guard Klay Thompson said. “We crawled back in it. Luke was great out there.”

The Warriors came back and won 112-108 to improve their record to 5-0 under the watchful eye of the 35-year-old Walton.

The Warriors had won so easily in previous games that Walton wasn’t necessarily in the spotlight, not with Stephen Curry going bonkers. The win against the Clippers presented more challenges, with Curry in foul trouble and struggling with his shot early. Walton saw his bench steady the game and then went to a small-ball lineup late in the game to earn the victory.

In support of his players, Walton let the officials have it at times. He also got after his own guys too.

“I’m still laid-back, but I’ve always been competitive,” Walton said. “When you’re in the heat of the battle and you get going, there’s emotions out there, and the guys know that. It’s the same way when I played. It’s just you want to win, and you try everything you can to make that happen, and sometimes that makes you get a little louder than normal and use some words you normally wouldn’t use.”

But still, he’s Cool Luke.

“He’s just like very cool, and he’s always composed,” Thompson said. “He didn’t panic.”

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Mychal Thompson agrees Klay, Warriors should try to chase Chicago Bulls’ 72-win-season record and could get 70

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Mychal Thompson agrees with his son, Warriors guard Klay Thompson, that Golden State should try to go for the Chicago Bulls’ NBA record of 72 regular-season wins and might to able to at least reach 70.

“If they believe in themselves that much, they have the ability and talent to do it, then that’s the lofty goal that they should try to set, try to chase that Chicago Bulls 72-win-season record,” Mychal Thompson said Wednesday on the ESPN LA radio show he co-hosts. “It’ll be tough to get that obviously, but why not? 70-12? I like the fact that they’re thinking that lofty.

“When I was with the Lakers, when I was playing for (Magic Johnson’s) team, that’s the kind of lofty goals we set…That team that Magic played for, for me that’s the way we thought, so why not think that way if you’re a champion?”

Mychal Thompson at most helped the Lakers win 65 regular-season games in the 1986-87  season when captured the NBA championship. The Warriors after winning 67 regular-season games and the championship last season have started this season 4-0. They never lost three games in a row all season, and Mychal Thompson believes that will continue.

“They’ll have a two-game losing streak at some point, but no more than that,” Mychal Thompson said.

When Klay Thompson was asked Sunday about breaking the Bulls’ record, he at least entertained the idea in a Google Hangouts chat with ShotTracker.

“That’s going to be a tough one,” Klay Thompson said. “We’ll try. There are so many good teams. We’ll try. We did get 67 wins last year, which was an amazing feat. We might be able to get 70. It’s going to depend a lot on health, obviously, and a lot of lucky bounces that go our way.

“Seventy-two wins, that’s a lot of wins, man. I don’t know if that will be done again, but hey man, we might be the team to do it just because we reached 67 last year. And if we stay focused and we take every game serious, we should have a chance to reach 70. It won’t be easy. It will be extremely difficult, but you know what? Why not?”