Warriors 128, Kings 108: David Lee gets emotional standing ovation, accepts new role off the bench

OAKLAND – The Oracle Arena crowd stood and roared at the sight.

With 3:01 left in the first quarter, David Lee checked into the game for the first time in nearly two months, the team’s highest-paid player relegated to the bench but back in action.

Even though Lee has never come off the bench regularly for the Warriors, the veteran said the ovation was an emotional one in a good way.

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Warriors’ Harrison Barnes undergoes nasal bone repair, to continue playing with mask

OAKLAND – Warriors forward Harrison Barnes underwent nasal bone repair Friday on a fracture he suffered five days earlier playing against New Orleans.

“It was breathing out of one side of your nose,” Barnes said Monday of what he experienced before the procedure was done. “When it’s broken, it’s kind of hard to breathe. It’s much easier to do it now, just a little sore.”

Barnes said he was expected to have to wear a mask for at least four weeks after suffering the fracture last week when he was elbowed in the face by New Orleans forward Dante Cunningham.


Warriors 114, Thunder 109: Draymond Green plays big as ESPN’s Avery Johnson, Jalen Rose add ‘fuel to the fire’

OAKLAND – There’s little that Draymond Green doesn’t do.

In the Warriors’ 114-109 win against Oklahoma City, he had 16 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine assists as he was in triple-double territory.

With Andrew Bogut out indefinitely, there will be times Green will be asked to guard taller and bulkier offensive players.

And then there is Green’s ears perking up when something is said about him that he doesn’t particularly like. For instance, Avery Johnson on SportsCenter after the Warriors lost at Memphis had words that Green remembers.

“Funny guy,” Green said of Johnson. “Funny guy. Jalen Rose is a funny guy, too.

“It’s funny to me. They just keep lighting that fuel and adding more fuel to the fire.”

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Andrew Bogut’s agent addresses knee injury situation

OAKLAND — Warriors center Andrew Bogut underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy on his injured right knee Wednesday and is expected to miss an indefinite number of weeks, according to his agent.

Agent David Bauman expressed relief Thursday that the bone stress issue resulting in the inflammation in Bogut’s knee is treatable while also wondering if the 7-footer might have returned earlier had the team not initially diagnosed the condition as tendinitis.

The Warriors set no timetable for Bogut’s return. Bauman compared the Bogut situation to Houston’s Dwight Howard, who missed a little more than three weeks after receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy on his strained right knee.

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Warriors’ Andrew Bogut undergoes platelet-rich plasma therapy as team offers no timetable for return

OAKLAND — Warriors center Andrew Bogut underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy on his ailing right knee, and according to the team Thursday, there is no timetable set for his return..

The decision was made after Bogut consulted Wednesday with the Warriors’ medical staff and his personal physician from Australia, according to the team.

“We fully support Andrew in his decision to undergo the PRP treatment,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a statement. “Our number one concern is that Andrew is 100 percent healthy and we will continue to support him in any way to make that happen.

Bogut has missed four games due to the knee and is out for Thursday’s game against Oklahoma City.

The 7-foot Bogut averaged 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.2 blocks, playing a key role in the Warriors’ 21-3 start record that is the best in the NBA.

Bogut, who turned 30 three weeks ago, missed the playoffs along with 14 regular season games last season due to rib, pelvis/groin, ankle and shoulder injuries.


Grizzlies 105, Warriors 98: Steve Kerr sets bar higher after 16-game winning streak snapped

MEMPHIS – This was not a championship-caliber performance for the Warriors. Yet there were signs in the rubble of a mistake-filled game that they certainly can get there.

Without Andrew Bogut and David Lee and playing in front of a hostile crowd fired up for the No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup, it was as if the Grizzlies pulled off the upset.

The Warriors rather than go away and accept their fate of having a 16-game winning streak halted kept rallying and rallying until time ran out.

Afterward, Kerr continued to set the standards higher for the Warriors.

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Warriors’ Harrison Barnes to start at Memphis, New Orleans’ Dante Cunningham explains elbow to Barnes’ face

MEMPHIS – Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will start in Tuesday’s game at Memphis with a broken nose as his team looks to extend its 16-game winning streak.

Barnes is expected to wear a mask after suffering a nasal fracture, mouth laceration and chipped teeth after taking an elbow from New Orleans’ Dante Cunningham in Sunday’s overtime win.

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