OAKLAND — The Warriors have suffered bad losses before this season. David Lee mentioned the one against Washington, the one to Charlotte a week later at home.
But this one was very much unexpected after the Warriors had entered the contest having won 10 of 13 after the All-Star break and shook up the team enough to where individual meetings were held.
Stephen Curry was at the center of it after a fine night for himself, and held others around him accountable in support of what Mark Jackson had told the team. Defensive collapses like this one would not be tolerated.
The Warriors’ Stephen Curry turned 26 today, and just in time for his birthday and tonight’s game against Cleveland, Under Armour has created another pair of shoes for the star guard.
The cupcake-colored shoe features the blue and yellow pastels you might find on a celebratory treat. The shoe liner has a picture of Curry as a baby holding a basketball along with this message that explains why he’s “Rated R.”
“Having the nickname “Baby Face Assassin” requires accompanying by your parents Sonya and Dell.”
The shoe also praises him for “lights out shooting and ankle breaking crossovers.”
LOS ANGELES — The Warriors and the Clippers don’t like each other. That much we knew, and that much was on display Wednesday as the Clippers held serve at Staples Center and even afterward.
Clippers beat writers witnessed an apparent airing of the grievances in the hallway after the game between Blake Griffin and Jermaine O’Neal, who reportedly initiated the whole thing to get his heated points across face to face.
“Why you want to walk up on me? Leave that (stuff) on the court,” Blake told O’Neal, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner.
Replied O’Neal: “I’m a monster off the court.”
OAKLAND — Ask Andrew Bogut to identify what it is that’s been sparking the bench and making the second unit go, and his answer might surprise you.
Steve Blake has been doing that for sure after arriving from the Lakers in a trade and bringing stability with him. Freed up to shoot, Jordan Crawford has brought the offensive firepower the Warriors needed. And Jermaine O’Neal right now is laughing in the face of Father Time.
Bogut went with one of the players who’s been there all along this season — Draymond Green.
OAKLAND — The Warriors have gone on a roll after the All-Star break, and it is any coincidence that in the meantime Klay Thompson has grown a goatee?
Maybe, but either way, Thompson is drawing attention when it comes to what’s on his chin.
After Thompson hit a game-winning shot last week at Indiana, Grantland’s Chris Ryan wrote that “he did it all despite looking like he bought a Captain Jack Sparrow facial hair kit right before the game.” The headline of the piece referred to “Evil Klay Thompson.”
Thompson’s facial hair, which seven months ago became a discussion point on reddit after a fan snapped a photo and deemed him nearly unrecognizable, has received mixed reactions from his teammates. Asked on KNBR if the latest look was “cool or creepy,” center Andrew Bogut said with a laugh, “A couple guys have said ‘creepy’ on the team. It’s really growing well, so he’s done a good job with it. I don’t know if he’s changed his diet or not, but it’s looking very, very good.”
Thompson, who grew the goatee during the All-Star break because as he told KNBR “I was just too lazy to cut it,” indicated Tuesday after shootaround that it might be a while before he shaves it off.
“We’re 9-2 with it, so if we can go about 15, we’ll see,” Thompson said. “Kind of just do it day by day.
“I was probably doing something different. Why not while I’m young?”
OAKLAND — The Warriors spent much of the first half trying to chase down Phoenix. Time and time again, they drew close before the Suns hit big shots to extend the lead. Goran Dragic and Gerald Green were lighting up Golden State.
But then, the Warriors opened the floodgates. Klay Thompson put them ahead in the third quarter with a 3-pointer, and by the time he hit a shot to start the fourth, the Warriors were leading by 18 points.
That’s how powerful the Warriors offense can be when it is clicking along with a defense that continues to shine.
Don’t think the Warriors are a threat to knock off a team in the first round of the playoffs? Right now, Golden State is showing it can play with anyone.
Klay Thompson gave everybody in Warrior land a scare when he landed hard on his back, then hit his head and eventually left the court in seemingly considerable pain. The sigh of relief came after the game when coach Mark Jackson said Thompson was set to return for the second quarter until he “got my Pop on” and rested him.
Thompson was still in the locker room when the media arrived and he wasn’t with the trainers. He didn’t speak at length, but echoed what Jackson said in that he was fine. So it seems as if there should be no major concerns about Thompson’s health.