The story of the night at the Coliseum complex was the rained out A’s game even though it wasn’t raining. Seriously A’s, no tarp on the infield? Unbelieveable.
Just about the same time word was coming down that the A’s game was getting postponed because of sloppy playing conditions, the Sacramento Kings looked like they were the ones dealing with sloppy playing conditions. The first-half effort from the neighbors to the north bordered on laughable.
A lot of that credit goes to the Warriors, who quickly picked up two fouls on Sacramento’s star center DeMarcus Cousins (.ie, the one player on that team most likely to create havoc). He picked up two fouls in the first 1 minute, 42 seconds, and that was really the start of a bad night for the Kings.
SAN ANTONIO — The Warriors’ Mark Jackson and the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich shared a long moment after San Antonio administered a 111-90 beatdown of a short-handed Golden State team.
Jackson declined to share what was said, but it’s clear that there is mutual respect between the two coaches. San Antonio won its 19th straight game and has the NBA’s best record, with Jackson consistently praising the Spurs as the standard.
Popovich said before the game he was flattered by Jackson’s comments and in turn had kind words for the Warriors, who the Spurs defeated in the Western Conference semifinals last season.
DALLAS — The Warriors escaped Dallas with a 122-120 overtime win, and with the victory came co-owner Joe Lacob shaking Jermaine O’Neal’s hand after the game.
The 35-year-old O’Neal had played 33 minutes, scored 20 points and came through with the last-minute block that enabled Stephen Curry to go down on the other end and win the game on a buzzer beater. Some love from ownership was in order.
“He’s very emotional about his team, and rightfully so,” O’Neal said of Lacob, who he said was one of the NBA’s best owners. “He spent a lot of money on it, so we love to see our owner excited and high-fiving and energetic about it.”
What O’Neal is sick of seeing is negativity surrounding the Warriors and coach Mark Jackson that the veteran big man finds unfair. O’Neal has pointed out that some in the media and along some Warriors fans have gone too far with it. He mentioned those concerns last week while strongly defending Jackson.
And Tuesday, O’Neal brought up the issues himself when Warriors TV host Laurence Scott asked about Jackson saying the team was “tied together.”
DALLAS — Warriors forward David Lee will miss a third straight game due to a right hamstring strain after coach Mark Jackson ruled him out for Tuesday’s game at Dallas.
Lee, who is still having trouble running at full speed, is out at a time when Warriors center Andrew Bogut did not make the road trip.
“He’s getting closer and closer, but will not play tonight,” Jackson said. “Every day he’s feeling better and moving better.”
Jackson did not reveal his starting lineup for Tuesday after starting Jermaine O’Neal and Marreese Speights two days earlier in a loss to New York.
OAKLAND — Andrew Bogut walked gingerly around the locker room before the game before disappearing into the training room. David Lee was in street clothes, as the Warriors were far from full strength.
A bench depleted by Jermaine O’Neal being asked to start and play 29 minutes did not come through, letting the Knicks gain second-quarter momentum in an 89-84 loss Sunday.
“I thought our bench came in and didn’t have the same impact,” coach Mark Jackson said. “And even though the game was still close, the tone had been set by that second unit, and it hurt us.”
Marreese Speights entered the lineup and was 2 for 8 from the field. Harrison Barnes continued to struggling, going 2 for 7 from the field while committing two turnovers. Steve Blake was scoreless, missing each of his four shot attempts.
The Warriors led 34-22 in the second quarter. Four minutes later, the score was tied as bench players combined to miss their next six shots.
That was what the Knicks, desperate for a win to stay in playoff contention, needed to get going. The Warriors needed a spark with a patchwork lineup and instead saw their hot start go to waste in a fateful second quarter.
“We got guys that can’t play,” Jackson said. “We got guys that can’t run, so our job is to take care of business until those guys get healthy.”
The Warriors have signed Santa Cruz center Hilton Armstrong to a 10-day contract, bringing him back to the team at a time when they could be missing big men for Sunday’s game against New York.
Armstrong, 29, has played in eight games for Golden State this season and will be on his third stint with the team. He previously was signed in December before being waived later that month. In February, he signed a 10-day contract with the Warriors and returned to Santa Cruz after it expired.
Armstrong averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds in 32 games for Santa Cruz and had 19 points and 13 rebounds in a loss at Los Angeles on Saturday.
Starting center Andrew Bogut was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Saturday after suffering a pelvic contusion the previous night in a win against Memphis.
Power forward David Lee is also questionable to face New York at Oracle Arena due to a strained right hamstring suffered eight days ago in a loss to San Antonio.
OAKLAND — Draymond Green went right ahead and repeated one of Mark Jackson’s most clichéd ways of describing what he wants the Warriors to be.
“We’re a no-excuse basketball team,” Green said.
That Warriors lived up to that Friday as with David Lee injured and with Andrew Bogut going down in the first quarter, they still earned a win against Western Conference contender Memphis, which held a seven-point lead late in the fourth.
And don’t think Green, who was all over the floor for the Warriors, didn’t understand that the win happened during a week when Jackson was questioned for what Yahoo Sports called the team’s “increasingly dysfunctional atmosphere.”
“Coach is a guy we fight for and we’re going to continue to fight for,” Green said. “He’s given his all to us, and we’re going to continue to give our all to him. This is a team and this is a unit who’s locked in together.
“Coach don’t ask much of us. He asks us to go out and play hard. He don’t complain about shots. The only thing he ever complains about is the defensive end. Get it done on the defensive end and play hard, and we owe that to him to go out and play harder.”
Stephen Curry, who earlier in the week expressed his strong support for Jackson, was the confident figurehead to lead the comeback in part because his coach demanded he get the ball.
“We always have his back,” Curry said.
“That’s what you saw — our support for Coach.”