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Latest posts

  1. Warriors send statement with comeback win over Spurs — March 30, 2017
  2. Kevin Durant looks ‘good’ in one-on-one against asst. Willie Green — March 30, 2017
  3. Steve Kerr ‘really, really sad’ Raiders are moving to Las Vegas — March 30, 2017
  4. Warriors game day: Can Golden State get redemption against Spurs? — March 29, 2017
  5. Durant’s rehab is on target; will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days — March 29, 2017

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Mar 30

Warriors send statement with comeback win over Spurs

Warriors send statement with comeback win over Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — During the 2002-03 season, Steve Kerr averaged only 12.7 minutes per game for an NBA-title-winning Spurs team.

Kerr took mental notes during practices whenever head coach Gregg Popovich stopped to critique players on the nuances of his system.

In a brief coaching tenure marked by unparalleled success, Kerr’s biggest Western Conference nemesis has been the team led by his longtime mentor.

Wednesday’s convincing victory, which required digging out of a 22-point, first-quarter hole, offered a measure of redemption — not just for Kerr, but for his team.

With less than two weeks left in the regular season, the Warriors are 3½ games up on the Spurs for the Western Conference’s top seed.

Adding to Golden State’s feel-good vibes was the news earlier Wednesday that the team is optimistic Kevin Durant, who has been sidelined since Feb. 28 with a left knee injury, will return before the end of the regular season.

After a cast of reserves was drubbed March 11 by the Spurs, Golden State was mired in a 2-5 rut — its biggest batch of adversity in the Kerr era.

From the start of the 1997-98 season until April 10, 2016, they dropped 33 consecutive regular-season games in the Alamo City.

Golden State, which has played here six straight times on the rough end of a back-to-back set, lost its two previous games against the Spurs this season by a combined 51 points.

In the early stages Wednesday, the Warriors appeared headed for yet another shellacking.

A Golden State scoreless stretch of four-plus minutes paved the way for a 15-0 San Antonio lead.

The Warriors were outrebounded mightily, slow to loose balls and sloppy with their passes.

At one point late in that opening period, Golden State had three times as many turnovers (six) as field goals (2).

To mount one of its biggest comebacks in years, Golden State relied on a familiar blueprint: make the extra pass, tighten things defensively and let Curry (game-high 29 points) and Klay Thompson (23) hit open shots.

The Spurs’ MVP candidate, Kawhi Leonard, disappeared during crucial stretches on a night he finished with 19 points on 7-for-20 shooting (0-for-5 from three-point range).

Golden State outscored the Spurs 37-24 in the second quarter to trim its deficit to three points by halftime.

Thompson’s three-pointer from the left wing early in the third gave the Warriors their first lead of the game.

With Durant celebrating in street clothes, David West (15 points on 11 shots) and Andre Iguodala (14 points on nine shots) were at peak efficiency.

If the Warriors and Spurs tie for first, San Antonio gets the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference because it has won the season series.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-send-statement-with-comeback-win-over-11038034.php

Mar 30

Kevin Durant looks ‘good’ in one-on-one against asst. Willie Green

SAN ANTONIO — In their news release Wednesday afternoon updating Kevin Durant’s rehab from a left knee injury, the Warriors said that they would “intensify his level of movement over the next several days.”

Apparently, that includes some one-on-one Wednesday morning against assistant coach Willie Green.

“Kevin got him pretty good,” head coach Steve Kerr said before Wednesday night’s game against the Spurs.

Green, 35, is only two years removed from a 12-year playing career that spanned five NBA teams.

Durant, who still hopes to return by the end of the regular season, will be re-evaluated by team trainers in 7-10 days.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Kevin-Durant-looks-good-in-one-on-one-11037741.php

Mar 30

Steve Kerr ‘really, really sad’ Raiders are moving to Las Vegas

SAN ANTONIO — Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has long viewed professional sports as a service-oriented business.

When news surfaced Monday that NFL owners had approved the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas in a 31-1 vote, Kerr felt for the people of Oakland.

“In my opinion, sports franchises belong to the community,” Kerr said before Golden State’s game Wednesday night against the Spurs at AT&T Center.

[…] Kerr and others in the Golden State organization figure there is a stark difference between moving within the same metropolitan area and moving states.

After Tuesday’s win over the Rockets, forward Draymond Green called the Raiders’ move “ridiculous” and said he doesn’t plan to attend any more of their games.

The team will stay in Oakland for the next two seasons, and possibly a third, as it waits for a $1.9 billion domed stadium to be built in Las Vegas.

Forward James Michael McAdoo, who didn’t return to Tuesday’s game in Houston after leaving late in the first quarter to receive seven stitches above his left eyebrow, is available to play against the Spurs. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Steve-Kerr-really-really-sad-Raiders-are-11037711.php

Mar 29

Warriors game day: Can Golden State get redemption against Spurs?

Can Golden State get redemption against Spurs?

Steve Kerr, 3rd season with Warriors (200-38 with Warriors and overall); Gregg Popovich, 21st season with Spurs (1,146-501 with Spurs and overall)

On air: TV on CSN Bay Area and ESPN; Radio on 95.7 The Game

Warriors: PG Stephen Curry (24.9 ppg, 6.5 apg), SG Klay Thompson (22.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg), SF Patrick McCaw (3.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg), PF Draymond Green (10.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.1 apg), C Zaza Pachulia (6.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg)

Spurs: PG Tony Parker (10.1 ppg, 4.7 apg), SG Danny Green (7.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg), SF Kawhi Leonard (26.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg), PF LaMarcus Aldridge (17.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg), C Dewayne Dedmon (5.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg)

SF Kevin Durant (grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise) is out.

Spurs injury report: PG Dejounte Murray (left groin) is out.

From the start of the 1997-98 season until April 10, 2016, San Antonio won 33 consecutive home games against Golden State.

Golden State has dropped its two previous games against the Spurs this season by a combined 51 points, including a 107-85 drubbing March 11 in which Steve Kerr rested Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.

The Warriors want to pad their lead over San Antonio for the Western Conference’s top seed, sure.

What makes the MVP candidate so special is his consistency, and his play against the Warriors has been no exception.

The two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year is the single biggest reason San Antonio leads the league in defensive efficiency.

Wednesday night’s matchup pits the NBA’s two best defensive teams.

The Warriors are averaging a league-best 115.9 points per game, but have totaled only 185 points in their two meetings this season with the Spurs.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-game-day-Can-Golden-State-get-11036668.php

Mar 29

Durant’s rehab is on target; will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days

SAN ANTONIO — Warriors forward Kevin Durant hasn’t experienced any setbacks in his rehab from a left knee injury and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days, Golden State announced Wednesday.

“At this point, he is being incorporated into non-contact basketball drills — shooting, running and jumping — and the plan is to intensify his level of movement over the next several days, which will include more explosive cutting and lateral maneuvers,” the Warriors said in a news release.

Golden State, which has eight regular-season games left, is careful not to rush Durant back.

Golden State is 10-4 in games since Durant’s injury, including a current eight-game winning streak.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Kevin-Durant-s-rehab-is-on-target-will-be-11036829.php

Mar 29

Warriors win over Houston makes Kerr fastest to 200 wins

HOUSTON — In May 2014, when he rebuffed an offer from the Knicks to take over the Warriors, Steve Kerr knew he was inheriting an enviable situation.

The Southern California native wouldn’t need to leave his home state for his first head-coaching job.

With a strong core of young players headlined by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Golden State was poised to build off a 51-win season.

[…] even Kerr couldn’t have predicted everything that led up to Tuesday night’s 113-106 victory over the Rockets at Toyota Center.

To extend their winning streak to eight games, the Warriors on Tuesday relied on a familiar blueprint:

Make the extra pass, fervently defend the perimeter and trust Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green to handle the rest.

After trimming a 22-point, first-half deficit to three midway through the third quarter, Houston’s offense stagnated.

A team that subsists on its long-range exploits missed 26 three-point tries.

The MVP front-runner, James Harden, finished 5-for-20 from the field and 1-for-9 from beyond the arc with six turnovers.

Thompson scored 20 of his 25 points before halftime, and Curry overcame foul trouble to pour in a game-high 32 points.

To make the Rockets the feel-good story line of the NBA this season, head coach Mike D’Antoni has given his players the proverbial green light from beyond the arc.

Houston’s NBA-record 2,973 three-point attempts are nearly 500 more than any other team.

With eight games left, it is only three three-pointers shy of breaking the NBA season record of 1,077 Golden State set last season.

Against the Rockets, the Warriors’ game plan has been simple:

“We just try to make them uncomfortable and contest as many (three-pointers) as we can,” Curry said.

Since leaving broadcasting to coach, Kerr has led the Warriors to the franchise’s first league title in 40 years, an NBA-record 73-win season and, now, its first three-year run of 60-win seasons.

The next-fastest coach in NBA history to reach 200 wins is Phil Jackson, who needed 270 games — 32 more than Kerr.

The quickest manager in Major League Baseball was Frank Chance (272 games), and the fastest coaches in the NHL (Dan Bylsma, 316) and NFL (Don Shula, 282) took even longer.

If the Warriors and Spurs tie for first, San Antonio gets the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference because it has won the season series, leading 2-0 with one game remaining.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-parlay-stingy-3-point-defense-into-11034920.php

Mar 29

Warriors’ Draymond Green says he won’t attend another Raiders game

Warriors’ Draymond Green says he won’t attend another Raiders game

HOUSTON — Warriors forward Draymond Green made one thing clear after Tuesday night’s win over the Rockets:

In a 31-1 vote Monday, NFL owners approved the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas.

The team will stay in Oakland for the next two seasons, and possibly a third, as it waits for a $1.9 billion domed stadium to be built in Las Vegas.

Green, who has reportedly attended eight or nine Raiders games since Golden State drafted him in 2012, was upset to hear Monday’s news.

[…] Green reckons that there is a difference between moving within the same metropolitan area and moving states.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-Draymond-Green-says-he-won-t-attend-11035102.php

Mar 29

Warriors’ McAdoo receives stitches, won’t return to Rockets game

Warriors’ McAdoo receives stitches, won’t return to Rockets game

McAdoo stayed on the court for several moments before heading to the locker room, where trainers gave him stitches and examined whether he had a concussion.

McAdoo, who had a block in four minutes of action, entered Tuesday averaging 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-McAdoo-receives-stitches-won-t-11034768.php

Mar 29

Steve Kerr says Houston’s D’Antoni has ‘earned’ Coach of the Year

HOUSTON — Steve Kerr wouldn’t pick Steve Kerr to win NBA Coach of the Year.

In the Warriors head coach’s estimation, Houston’s Mike D’Antoni most deserves the award this season.

A Houston team the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas gave an over-under of 41.5 wins sits third in the Western Conference at 51-22.

Thrust into a playmaker role, James Harden has emerged as an MVP front-runner.

Entering Tuesday’s game against Golden State, the Rockets’ 1,070 three-pointers are eight shy of breaking the NBA single-season record the Warriors set last season.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Steve-Kerr-says-Houston-s-D-Antoni-has-11034621.php

Mar 28

Warriors to provide official update Wednesday on Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant will meet with the Warriors’ training staff Tuesday night or Wednesday morning to map out the next steps in his recovery from a left knee injury, a team spokesman told The Chronicle. An official update on Durant’s status, which could include a projected return date, is expected Wednesday before Golden State’s nationally televised game against the Spurs. Durant, who sustained a sprained medial collateral ligament and bone bruise in his left knee Feb. 28 at Washington, has been seen running wind sprints, hoisting jumpers and even dunking after practice. Golden State is 9-4 in games since Durant’s injury, including a current seven-game winning streak.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-to-provide-official-update-Wednesday-on-11034537.php

Mar 28

Warriors game day: Can Golden State limit Houston’s 3-pointers?

Warriors injury report: SF Kevin Durant (grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise) is out.

Rockets injury report: PF Ryan Anderson (right ankle sprain) is out.

Game planning for the Rockets always starts with Harden, who is in a two-man race with Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook for NBA MVP.

Harden is already the first player since the 1983-84 season to record at least 30 points and 10 assists in 26 games.

To earn the most recent Western Conference Player of the Week, he averaged 33 points, 13.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game.

The Warriors, led by a committee of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, have done a solid job on him this season, holding Harden to 14-for-36 shooting (2-for-15 from three-point range) over his previous two meetings with Golden State.

When Patrick McCaw replaced the injured Kevin Durant in the starting lineup, the Warriors knew they needed more of a scoring punch from their bench.

The 33-year-old swingman is averaging 11.6 points per game in March on 61.8 percent shooting (44 percent from three-point range).

Head coach Steve Kerr went so far as to call Iguodala, who needed only eight shots to score 20 points in Sunday’s win over Memphis, Golden State’s best player the past few weeks.

Houston has made 1,070 three-pointers, eight shy of breaking the NBA single-season record of 1,077 Golden State set last season.

In their 125-108 victory over the Rockets on Jan. 20, the Warriors held Houston to 7-for-35 shooting from beyond the arc.

— combined to miss all 13 of their three-point attempts.

In the third quarter, with the Rockets going 0-of-10 from three-point range, Golden State turned a five-point halftime lead into a 20-point cushion.

The Warriors lead the league with an opponent three-point shooting percentage of 32.8.

Houston guard Patrick Beverley on resting players, which the Warriors gained national attention for when they sat Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala in their March 11 game at San Antonio

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-game-day-Can-Golden-State-limit-11033709.php

Mar 28

Warriors still piling up blocks without Kevin Durant

Warriors still piling up blocks without Kevin Durant

HOUSTON — Though many analysts wondered how the Warriors would replace Kevin Durant’s scoring, head coach Steve Kerr was just as concerned with whether his team could fill Durant’s void defensively.

Before sustaining a left knee injury Feb. 28 at Washington, Durant was the biggest reason Golden State’s interior defense hadn’t regressed without Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli.

Durant, who was swatting a career-best 1.6 shots per game, led a defense that led the league in blocks.

[…] with Durant set to be re-evaluated Thursday, the Warriors are averaging 6.9 blocks per game during their current seven-game winning streak, slightly above their NBA-best season average of 6.6.

After Stephen Curry’s response to a question about whom he would choose for NBA MVP resulted in Russell Westbrook saying of Curry, “Who’s he?” Kerr had some thoughts on avoiding the situation.

“Steph knows that, whenever you answer something, people are going to run with it,” Kerr said after practice Monday night at the Toyota Center, where the Warriors will face the Rockets on Tuesday.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-still-piling-up-blocks-without-Kevin-11032089.php

Mar 28

Klay Thompson arguably Warriors’ most explosive scorer

HOUSTON — During his three seasons as the Warriors’ head coach, Mark Jackson sometimes joked that, though other players are low maintenance, Klay Thompson is no maintenance.

General manager Bob Myers goes further, saying he sometimes wonders if his starting shooting guard is alive.

[…] as Golden State readies for another NBA title pursuit, those within the organization recognize that he is the team’s most explosive scorer.

Since weathering a week-long slump in the wake of the left knee injury Kevin Durant sustained Feb. 28 at Washington, Thompson has played his best basketball of the season.

Thanks largely to Thompson’s torrid shooting, Golden State has followed a 2-5 rut with seven straight wins.

“He has no conscience,” said Stephen Curry, the only player in NBA history other than Thompson to have made at least 200 three-pointers in five consecutive seasons.

Kerr, the NBA’s all-time leader in three-point shooting percentage, said he has not seen anyone with more sound form.

Seldom do the fundamentals of Thompson’s shot — balanced frame, minimal follow-through, relaxed shoulders, spread fingers — change from one possession to the next.

Thompson, who needed the ball in his hands for only 88.4 seconds total to score a career-high 60 points Dec. 5 against Indiana, is on pace to lead the NBA in points off catch-and-shoot opportunities for the third time in four seasons.

Midway through the second quarter Sunday, he dribbled through a screen at the top of the arc and laced a bounce pass behind his back to David West, who then found Thompson cutting to the rim for the layup.

In a four-minute, 15-second stretch spanning the end of the second quarter and the start of the third, he hit three three-pointers and a 20-foot jumper.

[…] when the final buzzer sounds, Thompson heads home to hang with Rocco.

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Mar 27

Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry spark Warriors’ win

Late in the Warriors’ 106-94 win Sunday night over the Grizzlies, after hammering home a two-handed dunk, Andre Iguodala hung onto the rim and unleashed a yell.

In those final 12 minutes, after ending the third quarter with a two-point lead, the Warriors shut off driving lanes and held the Grizzlies to 13 points on 5-for-25 shooting.

Outside of point guard Mike Conley, Memphis’ starters combined to miss all five of their shots.

With one of their most grueling stretches of the season looming, the Warriors extended their winning streak to seven games.

“We just picked up our intensity” in the fourth quarter, head coach Steve Kerr said.

With Kevin Durant again watching from the bench, the Warriors overcame 18 turnovers with torrid shooting.

Klay Thompson scored 21 of his game-high 31 points after halftime and hit seven three-pointers.

Iguodala, who has been vital since Durant sustained a left knee injury Feb. 28 in Washington, poured in 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting to go with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Stephen Curry was a sound distributor and, simply by commanding defensive attention, freed Thompson and Iguodala for open looks.

Two of his five three-pointers came in that fourth quarter, which improved the Warriors to 23-2 this season when holding teams to fewer than 100 points.

A year after its fourth-quarter dominance helped pave the way to an NBA-record 73 regular-season wins, Golden State often has deviated down the stretch from what it does best.

The extra passes and switching on defense that define Kerr’s tenure can give way to sloppiness in pivotal moments.

A Warriors team that boasts an average scoring margin of 11.6 points per game has outscored opponents by only 0.2 of a point in the fourth quarter.

No late-game collapse has been more stunning this season than the Warriors’ Jan. 6 overtime loss to Memphis, in which they squandered a 24-point, second-half lead at Oracle Arena.

After surrendering 81 points on 55 percent shooting through the first three quarters, Golden State put hands on shooters and defended the paint when it mattered most.

Iguodala’s driving dunk with 45 seconds left sent fans toward the exits.

Golden State prevented the Grizzlies from becoming the first team to beat it three times in a regular season since the Spurs in 2013-14.

The Warriors leave Monday for a back-to-back road set against Houston and San Antonio, the two teams following them in the conference standings.

[…] it’s back home for games against the Rockets and Washington (45-28).

If the Warriors and Spurs tie for first, San Antonio gets the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference because it has won the season series, leading 2-0 with one game remaining.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Iguodala-Thompson-and-Curry-power-Warriors-to-11029390.php

Mar 26

Warriors won’t rest any All-Stars in Houston or San Antonio

The Warriors’ nationally televised game Wednesday in San Antonio will have at least one notable difference from the last time they faced their biggest Western Conference threat: With much of its normal rotation watching from the bench, Golden State slogged through a 107-85 loss that trimmed its lead over the Spurs for the West’s top seed to half a game. Though it has four games in six nights, Golden State’s only road games in that span are both in Texas (Tuesday in Houston, then Wednesday’s ESPN game in San Antonio). Should they reach the NBA finals for a third consecutive season, the Warriors will have home-court advantage. With only 14 losses and 10 games left in the regular season, Golden State has secured a better record than any East team. Little more than 90 minutes before tip-off Sunday, he capped a solid shooting session with a driving one-handed dunk.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-won-t-rest-any-All-Stars-in-Houston-or-11029158.php

Mar 26

Warriors game day: Will Golden State underestimate Grizzlies?

Will Golden State underestimate Grizzlies?

Steve Kerr, 3rd season with Warriors (197-38 with Warriors and overall); David Fizdale, 1st season with Grizzlies (40-32 with Grizzlies and overall)

Warriors: PG Stephen Curry (24.9 ppg, 6.4 apg), SG Klay Thompson (22.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg), SF Patrick McCaw (3.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg), PF Draymond Green (10.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.2 apg), C Zaza Pachulia (6.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg)

Grizzlies: PG Mike Conley (20.0 ppg, 6.3 apg), SG Tony Allen (9.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg), SF Vince Carter (7.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg), PF JaMychal Green (9.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg), C Marc Gasol (19.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg)

Warriors injury report: SF Kevin Durant (grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise) is out.

Grizzlies injury report: C Marc Gasol (left foot strain) is questionable.

Will the Warriors be careful not to underestimate the Grizzlies?

Memphis, which dropped the first two games of its current four-game road trip, is seventh place in the Western Conference.

Even if Marc Gasol (left foot strain) plays Sunday, the Grizzlies will easily be the less talented team on the floor.

Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Golden State’s 84.1 assist percentage was the fifth-highest such clip in an NBA game this season.

Golden State, which leads the league with 30.4 assists per game, recorded only 15 helpers in its Dec. 10 loss to the Grizzlies.

With 10 regular-season games left, the 58-14 Warriors are nursing a 2-game lead over San Antonio for the Western Conference’s top seed.

In addition to helping the Warriors retain the No. 1 seed, a win over the Grizzlies would give Steve Kerr’s team an even better feel should it face Memphis in the playoffs.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-game-day-Will-Golden-State-11028957.php

Mar 26

Kevin Durant to go on minutes restriction when he returns

With Kevin Durant set to be re-evaluated by team doctors in less than a week, the Warriors’ coaches are in the preliminary phases of planning for his return.

Durant has missed 12 games with a sprained medial collateral ligament and bone bruise in his left knee.

In recent days, he has been seen running wind sprints, hoisting jumpers and even dunking after practice.

With 10 regular-season games left, the 58-14 Warriors are nursing a 2-game lead over San Antonio for the Western Conference’s top seed.

When the Grizzlies beat the Warriors on Jan. 6, they became the first team to top Golden State twice in the same regular season since the Spurs in 2014-15.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Kevin-Durant-to-go-on-minutes-restriction-when-he-11028111.php

Mar 26

Warriors’ David West emerging as elite passer

Warriors’ David West emerging as elite passer

West touches upon everything from current events to politics to renewable energy to African American history during those conversations.

In his 14th NBA season, the 36-year-old backup center is showcasing an elite passing ability seldom seen during his previous stops in New Orleans, Indiana and San Antonio.

With a rare blend of size, court awareness, touch and timing, the 6-foot-9, 250-pound West posts up on the right block and draws defenses toward him before kicking out to open shooters.

The Warriors’ backup point guard, Shaun Livingston, has 12 fewer assists in 458 more minutes.

Hardly an athletic specimen, West used a throwback playing style to become one of the NBA’s best power forwards.

With Indiana in 2013 and ’14, West was Paul George’s top sidekick for teams that reached the Eastern Conference finals.

The personnel during his four seasons with the Pacers, defense-oriented teams with limited shooting ability, made it impossible for West to maximize his passing talents.

Last season in San Antonio, where Gregg Popovich’s system subsists on isolation situations and mid-range jumpers, was more of the same.

When he rebuffed more lucrative offers to sign with the Warriors in July, West owned a career assist average of 2.2.

West is also on the advisory board for a renewable energy company.

Because West has long been known as one of the NBA’s more intellectual players, Green wasn’t shocked when they began their deep chats on the team charter.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-David-West-emerging-as-elite-passer-11028004.php

Mar 25

Warriors showcase ball movement in 114-100 win over Kings

Early in the Warriors’ 114-100 win Friday night over the Kings at Oracle Arena, Klay Thompson faced a two-on-one situation in transition.

Instead of driving to the rim, a decision no coach could have faulted, he bounce-passed to a trailing Patrick McCaw.

After dribbling into the key, the two-time reigning NBA MVP found Draymond Green at the top of the arc.

In that sequence, a dizzying display of selfless basketball, Golden State reinforced an important reality:

With Curry’s season-high 12 dimes leading the way, Golden State recorded its franchise-record 44th game with at least 30 assists, most in a season since the 1984-85 “Showtime” Lakers had 52.

Before Steve Kerr became head coach in 2014, the Warriors subsisted on dribble penetration.

Would one of the league’s most potent isolation scorers infringe on the Warriors’ free-flowing system?

Golden State, which has been without Durant for the past dozen games, averages 30.4 assists per game, on pace for third in history behind only those 1984-85 Lakers (31.4) and the 1978-79 Bucks (31.2).

Just as it looked as though he was going up for the layup attempt, Pachulia tossed a no-look pass to Green for a three-pointer.

Less than four weeks after Durant suffered a left knee injury in their Feb. 28 loss at Washington, the Warriors are looking like the selfless, pass-happy club that cruised through the season’s first few months.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-showcase-ball-movement-in-114-100-win-11027180.php

Mar 25

Who will Warriors face in first round of playoffs?

Late at night after games, as he waits for the adrenaline to wear off, Steve Kerr watches NBA League Pass.

Thanks to its current five-game winning streak, Golden State enters Friday night’s game against the Kings with a two-game lead over San Antonio for the Western Conference’s top seed.

The question is, if the Warriors maintain that No. 1 spot through their final 11 regular-season games, which team they’ll face in the opening round of the playoffs.

Denver, which has won five of its past seven games, is nursing a one-game lead over the Trail Blazers.

Through 16 games with the Blazers, the Bosnian big man is averaging 14.3 points and 8.0 rebounds.

The Warriors are 4-0 against the Blazers and 2-1 against the Nuggets, though Kerr’s team has yet to face Portland with Nurkic.

Kerr drove down to San Jose with his wife, son and assistant coach Bruce Fraser for Arizona’s 73-71 loss Thursday to Xavier in the Sweet 16.

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