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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Warriors’ Andrew Bogut concerned about knee injury

MEMPHIS — Warriors center Andrew Bogut smiled last week after leaving a game due to what the team reported to be right knee tendinitis, saying at the time that it wasn’t serious.

Now, Bogut isn’t so sure as he is scheduled to be reevaluated Wednesday after the team returns home from a three-game road trip in which he was unable to play.

Bogut, who will miss a fourth straight game Tuesday after having his knee drained, is now listed as having knee chondromalacia/bone edema and says it remains sore.

Asked if it was an overuse injury, Bogut said, “I’m not sure right now. I’ve been told a couple of different things, and I’m trying to narrow it down to exactly what it is. I don’t think it was possibly what I thought it was early on.

“From what I was told, it wasn’t something I should be worried about, but evidently, it probably is.”

Bogut said whatever the injury is, he would not need surgery and declined further comment pending the reevaluation.


Warriors’ Marreese Speights motivated to play against Memphis as doubts persist about hot start

MEMPHIS –The Warriors’ Marreese Speights has a question for those who think his play might regress to the mean.

Thus far, Speights has shown no signs of coming back down to Earth while ranking 10th in the NBA in player efficiency rating.  He averages 12 points, 5.2 rebounds, and keeps helping the Warriors win games.

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Warriors’ Andrew Bogut to miss Memphis game due to knee tendinitis

MEMPHIS – Warriors center Andrew Bogut is out for Tuesday’s game at Memphis as the Warriors put their 16-game winning streak on the line against the team with the second-best record in the NBA.

Bogut is expected to miss a fourth straight game due to knee tendinitis that he said has bothered him for about two weeks.

Festus Ezeli has started in place of Bogut in the three previous games without the team’s leading rebounder and shot blocker. Memphis is led by 7-foot-1 center Marc Gasol, who averages 19.4 points per game.

“He’s played well, so we need that big body in there to dominate the paint when Bogut and (David) Lee are out,” guard Stephen Curry said Monday of Ezeli.


Warriors upset with ‘cheap shots’ from New Orleans’ Dante Cunningham

NEW ORLEANS – The Warriors will submit videotape to the NBA of what they say are “cheap shots” from New Orleans forward Dante Cunningham during their overtime win Sunday.

Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green were struck in their faces in separate second-quarter incidents.

Barnes after getting elbowed was left with a nasal fracture, chipped teeth and a mouth laceration that required stitches. He is questionable for Tuesday’s game at Memphis, as coach Steve Kerr said he would be surprised if Barnes didn’t play wearing a mask.

Green said his nose was still sore from getting bloodied shortly before halftime after taking an elbow or forearm from Cunningham. Both forwards returned to the game to help the Warriors win 128-122.

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Warriors’ Harrison Barnes questionable for Memphis game, Andrew Bogut and David Lee out

NEW ORLEANS – The Warriors could be without three big men when the teams with the two best records in the NBA collide at Memphis on Tuesday.

Harrison Barnes is questionable after suffering a nasal fracture in the second quarter of Sunday’s win at New Orleans when Dante Cunningham swung an elbow that connected with the forward’s face.

Andrew Bogut (knee tendititis) and David Lee (strained hamstring) are out for the game as the Warriors look to extend their 16-game winning streak.