Jalen

24 Mar 19
All Things About Men's College Basketball

Three Schools Each from the Big Ten and SEC reach the Sweet 16 Seven of the eight schools which advanced on Saturday were higher seeds. Among the highlights: In Jacksonville…both teams traded three point shots in the last 40 seconds by Skylar Mays of LSU and Jalen Smith of Maryland.  After a timeout, the ball […]

24 Mar 19
michaelxsports

Michigan makes its third consecutive Sweet 16 with a resounding 64-49 victory over Florida Saturday in the West Division at Wells Fargo Arena. Jordan Poole led the Wolverines (30-6) with 19 points. Isaiah Livers came off the bench with 10 points. Zavier Simpson had nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists for Michigan. Charles Matthews […]

24 Mar 19
Twin Cities
An ideal performance for a short time keyed another state boys basketball title for Hopkins. Kerwin Walton scored 17 points, Zeke Nnaji had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the Royals pulled away to beat Lakeville North 55-40 in the Class 4A title game Saturday night at Target Center. Dane Zimmer had 21 rebounds for Hopkins (27-4), which scored its fewest points this season. “We did what we had to do to win,” said coach Ken Novak Jr. “Every game is going to be a little bit different. You watch the NCAA this season, and playing Michigan State is different than playing Illinois. You’re going to have to grind. If you don’t grind, you’re losing.” The title is Hopkins’ second in four years — the Royals beat Lakeville North in 2016 — and eighth since 2002. It is the school’s second hoops title in seven days: its girls team beat Stillwater 74-45 last Saturday. Nnaji’s sister, Maya, had 18 points in that game. “This just shows how dominant Hopkins basketball is,” Nnaji said. Hopkins opened the second half making 1 of 14 shots before the game-changing span. Tied at 26, and after 4 minutes of neither team scoring, Walton scored seven points in a 12-0 run that ultimately became 16-2 as the Royals took a 42-28 lead with 5:36 left. Andy Stafford drained a jumper, Walton nailed a 3-pointer, Zimmer scored on a drive and Walton on a jumper followed by another 3-pointer to turn the game heavily into Hopkins favor. “Kerwin Walton, he’s instant offense,” Novak said.“We’ve got to do better at getting him more shots, but he can shoot the ball and I thought he defended extremely well. He was on one of their best shooters all night and stuck with it. … Pressure doesn’t bother Kerwin.” Jalen Dearring scored on a layup after Nnaji, a 6-foot-10 Arizona commit, was blocked at the rim by Tyler Wahl and Stafford added a layup. “We didn’t have no secret plan or some breaks,” Walton said. “All we were focused on was playing hard on every possession, every time down on defense and on offense we just let it flow.” “We knew this was going to be a game of runs,” Nnaji said. “We knew we had to keep playing one possession at a time. We could have let their runs and momentum shifts fluster us. We just stuck to what we did.” Wahl, a Wisconsin commit, led Lakeville North (27-5) with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Jack Rusch scored 10 points. In the tournament for the eighth straight year, the Panthers have one title (beating Hopkins in 2014) and finished second three times. They were third last year. Lakeville North, which went almost 8 minutes in the second half without a point, shot 28.3 percent, including 3 for 27 from outside the arc. “It was definitely a grinder-type of game and that normally has not been our kind of style,” said coach John Oxton. “We’ve been a little more free-flowing and get some things on the break and make some 3s on the break. We just could never get over the hump.” For teams accustomed to scoring at least in the 70s, points were tough to come by in the first half as, for a while, turnovers were almost as common than points. Hopkins finished 6 for 21 from the field in the opening 18 minutes with 11 turnovers; Lakeville North was 7 for 23 with seven turnovers. Still, back-to-back 3-pointers by Walton and Nnaji were part of a 13-2 run that gave the Royals a 21-13 advantage with 5 minutes left. The lead was 24-17 at intermission. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
24 Mar 19
CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTV

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Devonte Green recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds for his second career double-double to lead Indiana to a 63-60 win over Arkansas in the second round of the NIT on Saturday. Green made two free throws with 6.1 seconds left to give Indiana a three-point lead. Jalen Harris launched a long […]

24 Mar 19
FOX59

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Devonte Green recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds for his second career double-double to lead Indiana to a 63-60 win over Arkansas in the second round of the NIT on Saturday. Green made two free throws with 6.1 seconds left to give Indiana a three-point lead. Jalen Harris launched a long […]

24 Mar 19
USA TODAY Sports Brackets

Michigan was not used to the 3-pointers raining home. Tenth-seeded Florida was 6-for-12 from long range and down just four to the reigning national runner-up at halftime. For the Wolverines, the NCAA Tournament's No. 2 seed in the West Region, that sort of storm simply wouldn't do. It was time to shut the water off.  […]

24 Mar 19
East Bay Times
OAKLAND — Without their engine that makes everything move smoothly, the Warriors suddenly had a machine that did not work. The Warriors labored through a 126-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at Oracle Arena in what marked the most lopsided defeat of the season. The obvious reason partly pointed to Stephen Curry sitting for rest purposes. While Curry sat after playing 49 consecutive games this season, the Warriors no longer had their star that makes long 3’s, command double teams and generates easy shots for others. The Warriors also played as if they lacked any star talent to absorb rest nights for Curry, Shaun Livingston and Andrew Bogut. Such has been life for the Warriors this season. They have gone a combined 5-7 without Curry, which included an 11-game absence from a left groin injury and Saturday’s absence for rest purposes. “It doesn’t matter what anybody thinks or what our guys felt,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is not there. He has been playing night in and night out and needed a rest. He’s been beaten up. That’s how it goes.” Without Curry’s gravity, Klay Thompson did not have the same amount of catch-and-shoot opportunities to thrive as a scorer (eight) and shooter from the field (4-of-13) and from distance (0-of-4). Without Curry’s scoring threat, Kevin Durant suddenly became inefficient (25 points) from the field (9-of-25) and from 3 (0-of-8). After spending last season filling in nicely during Curry’s injuries, Warriors fourth-year guard Quinn Cook had only seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up! Suddenly, the Warriors’ offense morphed from one centered on fluid ball movement to an offense that frequently stalled. They recorded only 22 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from deep. With exception to DeMarcus Cousins (19 points on 8-of-11 clip) and Kevon Looney (12 points on 5-of-6 clip), no one else on the Warriors shot above 50 percent from the field. “It’s really just us missing shots,” Durant said. “That’s something I cant pinpoint for everybody. But I’m confident I’ll start knocking them down soon.” Still, the Warriors (48-23) did not fall below the Denver Nuggets (49-22) for first place in the Western Conference standings just because of Curry’s absence. The Warriors lost to the Western Conference’s second-worst team by lacking the same defensive presence that ensured four wins in the past five games. The Mavericks (29-44) featured Luka Doncic (23 points), Dirk Nowitkzi (21), Ryan Broekhoff (17 points), Max Kleber (16) , Trey Burke (13) and Jalen Brunson (11) in double figures. Dallas shot 53 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3. The Warriors also lost on the glass (49-36). Want Warriors news delivered to your phone? Sign up for a free trial of Mark Medina’s Warriors text messaging service* * * (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) “It just has something to do with the fact sometimes you have games where playing against that team isn’t going to get you up,” Draymond Green admitted. “We have to find the energy somewhere else. We didn’t.” Mindful of that reality, the Warriors’ coaching staff warned their players that the Mavericks could take what Kerr called a “free swing.” Then, the Warriors’ lost the game before it really even began. The Mavericks stormed out a 12-2 lead with 9:23 left in the first quarter after Nowitzki scored eight points on three shots and the Warriors missed five of their first six. That start set the tone negatively the same the way the Warriors lost to Boston after trailing 12-0 and to Houston after trailing 15-0. Incidentally, the Warriors’ recent progress stemmed from losing by four points nearly two weeks ago to Phoenix, which owns the worst record in the Western Conference. The Warriors’ latest loss proved much worse. With the Warriors trailing 108-70 at the end of the third quarter, a noticeable amount of Warriors’ fans headed for the exits. “Defensively, we were not connected. We weren’t talking,” Kerr said. “A lot of missed communication. We couldn’t pull together after that slow start. We could never get any traction in the game.” That the Warriors failed to gain traction against Dallas may not be surprising. The Warriors have struggled to do so just as much at home (25-11) as on the road (24-12). The Warriors lost by 35 points to Dallas, which trumped their 33-point loss to Boston earlier this month. The Warriors have also lost a handful of marquee home games, including Milwaukee, Portland, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Houston (twice). Meanwhile, the Warriors won in in Utah, Denver, Milwaukee, Portland, Boston and Philadelphia. Even without Durant last week with a left ankle injury, the Warriors won in Houston and Oklahoma City. The Warriors could not absorb Curry’s absence as well at home against Dallas. “It’s not odd at all. I think everybody in that locker room ahs gotten their ass beat at home before,” Durant said. “I know this experience is different with how much winning we’ve done the last few years. Btu we’re still in the NBA and guys have been apart of terrible games.” None of which left the Warriors concerned that much for a few simple reasons. They play the Detroit Pistons (37-35) on Sunday at Oracle Arena in a game that Curry will play. Kerr said he “more than likely” will rest other players on Sunday against Detroit. But he added he has not finalized any decisions since they partly stem from developments against the Mavericks. It appears likely DeMarcus Cousins will sit against Detroit since he has yet to play a full back-to-back since returning two months ago from a left Achilles tendon injury. Then again, maybe the Warriors will not need to rest that much against Detroit. Not after how they coasted in a sluggish performance against Dallas. WARRIORS HQ PODCAST: Be sure to visit our podcast page at mercurynews.com. You can also get notified of new episodes on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud.* * * Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]
24 Mar 19
The Mercury News
OAKLAND — Without their engine that makes everything move smoothly, the Warriors suddenly had a machine that did not work. The Warriors labored through a 126-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at Oracle Arena in what marked the most lopsided defeat of the season. The obvious reason partly pointed to Stephen Curry sitting for rest purposes. While Curry sat after playing 49 consecutive games this season, the Warriors no longer had their star that makes long 3’s, command double teams and generates easy shots for others. The Warriors also played as if they lacked any star talent to absorb rest nights for Curry, Shaun Livingston and Andrew Bogut. Such has been life for the Warriors this season. They have gone a combined 5-7 without Curry, which included an 11-game absence from a left groin injury and Saturday’s absence for rest purposes. “It doesn’t matter what anybody thinks or what our guys felt,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is not there. He has been playing night in and night out and needed a rest. He’s been beaten up. That’s how it goes.” Without Curry’s gravity, Klay Thompson did not have the same amount of catch-and-shoot opportunities to thrive as a scorer (eight) and shooter from the field (4-of-13) and from distance (0-of-4). Without Curry’s scoring threat, Kevin Durant suddenly became inefficient (25 points) from the field (9-of-25) and from 3 (0-of-8). After spending last season filling in nicely during Curry’s injuries, Warriors fourth-year guard Quinn Cook had only seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up! Suddenly, the Warriors’ offense morphed from one centered on fluid ball movement to an offense that frequently stalled. They recorded only 22 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from deep. With exception to DeMarcus Cousins (19 points on 8-of-11 clip) and Kevon Looney (12 points on 5-of-6 clip), no one else on the Warriors shot above 50 percent from the field. “It’s really just us missing shots,” Durant said. “That’s something I cant pinpoint for everybody. But I’m confident I’ll start knocking them down soon.” Still, the Warriors (48-23) did not fall below the Denver Nuggets (49-22) for first place in the Western Conference standings just because of Curry’s absence. The Warriors lost to the Western Conference’s second-worst team by lacking the same defensive presence that ensured four wins in the past five games. The Mavericks (29-44) featured Luka Doncic (23 points), Dirk Nowitkzi (21), Ryan Broekhoff (17 points), Max Kleber (16) , Trey Burke (13) and Jalen Brunson (11) in double figures. Dallas shot 53 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3. The Warriors also lost on the glass (49-36). Want Warriors news delivered to your phone? Sign up for a free trial of Mark Medina’s Warriors text messaging service * * * (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) “It just has something to do with the fact sometimes you have games where playing against that team isn’t going to get you up,” Draymond Green admitted. “We have to find the energy somewhere else. We didn’t.” Mindful of that reality, the Warriors’ coaching staff warned their players that the Mavericks could take what Kerr called a “free swing.” Then, the Warriors’ lost the game before it really even began. The Mavericks stormed out a 12-2 lead with 9:23 left in the first quarter after Nowitzki scored eight points on three shots and the Warriors missed five of their first six. That start set the tone negatively the same the way the Warriors lost to Boston after trailing 12-0 and to Houston after trailing 15-0. Incidentally, the Warriors’ recent progress stemmed from losing by four points nearly two weeks ago to Phoenix, which owns the worst record in the Western Conference. The Warriors’ latest loss proved much worse. With the Warriors trailing 108-70 at the end of the third quarter, a noticeable amount of Warriors’ fans headed for the exits. “Defensively, we were not connected. We weren’t talking,” Kerr said. “A lot of missed communication. We couldn’t pull together after that slow start. We could never get any traction in the game.” That the Warriors failed to gain traction against Dallas may not be surprising. The Warriors have struggled to do so just as much at home (25-11) as on the road (24-12). The Warriors lost by 35 points to Dallas, which trumped their 33-point loss to Boston earlier this month. The Warriors have also lost a handful of marquee home games, including Milwaukee, Portland, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Houston (twice). Meanwhile, the Warriors won in in Utah, Denver, Milwaukee, Portland, Boston and Philadelphia. Even without Durant last week with a left ankle injury, the Warriors won in Houston and Oklahoma City. The Warriors could not absorb Curry’s absence as well at home against Dallas. “It’s not odd at all. I think everybody in that locker room ahs gotten their ass beat at home before,” Durant said. “I know this experience is different with how much winning we’ve done the last few years. Btu we’re still in the NBA and guys have been apart of terrible games.” None of which left the Warriors concerned that much for a few simple reasons. They play the Detroit Pistons (37-35) on Sunday at Oracle Arena in a game that Curry will play. Kerr said he “more than likely” will rest other players on Sunday against Detroit. But he added he has not finalized any decisions since they partly stem from developments against the Mavericks. It appears likely DeMarcus Cousins will sit against Detroit since he has yet to play a full back-to-back since returning two months ago from a left Achilles tendon injury. Then again, maybe the Warriors will not need to rest that much against Detroit. Not after how they coasted in a sluggish performance against Dallas. WARRIORS HQ PODCAST: Be sure to visit our podcast page at mercurynews.com. You can also get notified of new episodes on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud. * * * Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]
24 Mar 19
Times-Standard
OAKLAND — Without their engine that makes everything move smoothly, the Warriors suddenly had a machine that did not work. The Warriors labored through a 126-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at Oracle Arena in what marked the most lopsided defeat of the season. The obvious reason partly pointed to Stephen Curry sitting for rest purposes. While Curry sat after playing 49 consecutive games this season, the Warriors no longer had their star that makes long 3’s, command double teams and generates easy shots for others. The Warriors also played as if they lacked any star talent to absorb rest nights for Curry, Shaun Livingston and Andrew Bogut. Such has been life for the Warriors this season. They have gone a combined 5-7 without Curry, which included an 11-game absence from a left groin injury and Saturday’s absence for rest purposes. “It doesn’t matter what anybody thinks or what our guys felt,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is not there. He has been playing night in and night out and needed a rest. He’s been beaten up. That’s how it goes.” Without Curry’s gravity, Klay Thompson did not have the same amount of catch-and-shoot opportunities to thrive as a scorer (eight) and shooter from the field (4-of-13) and from distance (0-of-4). Without Curry’s scoring threat, Kevin Durant suddenly became inefficient (25 points) from the field (9-of-25) and from 3 (0-of-8). After spending last season filling in nicely during Curry’s injuries, Warriors fourth-year guard Quinn Cook had only seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up! Suddenly, the Warriors’ offense morphed from one centered on fluid ball movement to an offense that frequently stalled. They recorded only 22 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from deep. With exception to DeMarcus Cousins (19 points on 8-of-11 clip) and Kevon Looney (12 points on 5-of-6 clip), no one else on the Warriors shot above 50 percent from the field. “It’s really just us missing shots,” Durant said. “That’s something I cant pinpoint for everybody. But I’m confident I’ll start knocking them down soon.” Still, the Warriors (48-23) did not fall below the Denver Nuggets (49-22) for first place in the Western Conference standings just because of Curry’s absence. The Warriors lost to the Western Conference’s second-worst team by lacking the same defensive presence that ensured four wins in the past five games. The Mavericks (29-44) featured Luka Doncic (23 points), Dirk Nowitkzi (21), Ryan Broekhoff (17 points), Max Kleber (16) , Trey Burke (13) and Jalen Brunson (11) in double figures. Dallas shot 53 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3. The Warriors also lost on the glass (49-36). Want Warriors news delivered to your phone? Sign up for a free trial of Mark Medina’s Warriors text messaging service* * * (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) “It just has something to do with the fact sometimes you have games where playing against that team isn’t going to get you up,” Draymond Green admitted. “We have to find the energy somewhere else. We didn’t.” Mindful of that reality, the Warriors’ coaching staff warned their players that the Mavericks could take what Kerr called a “free swing.” Then, the Warriors’ lost the game before it really even began. The Mavericks stormed out a 12-2 lead with 9:23 left in the first quarter after Nowitzki scored eight points on three shots and the Warriors missed five of their first six. That start set the tone negatively the same the way the Warriors lost to Boston after trailing 12-0 and to Houston after trailing 15-0. Incidentally, the Warriors’ recent progress stemmed from losing by four points nearly two weeks ago to Phoenix, which owns the worst record in the Western Conference. The Warriors’ latest loss proved much worse. With the Warriors trailing 108-70 at the end of the third quarter, a noticeable amount of Warriors’ fans headed for the exits. “Defensively, we were not connected. We weren’t talking,” Kerr said. “A lot of missed communication. We couldn’t pull together after that slow start. We could never get any traction in the game.” That the Warriors failed to gain traction against Dallas may not be surprising. The Warriors have struggled to do so just as much at home (25-11) as on the road (24-12). The Warriors lost by 35 points to Dallas, which trumped their 33-point loss to Boston earlier this month. The Warriors have also lost a handful of marquee home games, including Milwaukee, Portland, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Houston (twice). Meanwhile, the Warriors won in in Utah, Denver, Milwaukee, Portland, Boston and Philadelphia. Even without Durant last week with a left ankle injury, the Warriors won in Houston and Oklahoma City. The Warriors could not absorb Curry’s absence as well at home against Dallas. “It’s not odd at all. I think everybody in that locker room ahs gotten their ass beat at home before,” Durant said. “I know this experience is different with how much winning we’ve done the last few years. Btu we’re still in the NBA and guys have been apart of terrible games.” None of which left the Warriors concerned that much for a few simple reasons. They play the Detroit Pistons (37-35) on Sunday at Oracle Arena in a game that Curry will play. Kerr said he “more than likely” will rest other players on Sunday against Detroit. But he added he has not finalized any decisions since they partly stem from developments against the Mavericks. It appears likely DeMarcus Cousins will sit against Detroit since he has yet to play a full back-to-back since returning two months ago from a left Achilles tendon injury. Then again, maybe the Warriors will not need to rest that much against Detroit. Not after how they coasted in a sluggish performance against Dallas. WARRIORS HQ PODCAST: Be sure to visit our podcast page at mercurynews.com. You can also get notified of new episodes on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud.* * * Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]
24 Mar 19
Paradise Post
OAKLAND — Without their engine that makes everything move smoothly, the Warriors suddenly had a machine that did not work. The Warriors labored through a 126-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at Oracle Arena in what marked the most lopsided defeat of the season. The obvious reason partly pointed to Stephen Curry sitting for rest purposes. While Curry sat after playing 49 consecutive games this season, the Warriors no longer had their star that makes long 3’s, command double teams and generates easy shots for others. The Warriors also played as if they lacked any star talent to absorb rest nights for Curry, Shaun Livingston and Andrew Bogut. Such has been life for the Warriors this season. They have gone a combined 5-7 without Curry, which included an 11-game absence from a left groin injury and Saturday’s absence for rest purposes. “It doesn’t matter what anybody thinks or what our guys felt,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is not there. He has been playing night in and night out and needed a rest. He’s been beaten up. That’s how it goes.” Without Curry’s gravity, Klay Thompson did not have the same amount of catch-and-shoot opportunities to thrive as a scorer (eight) and shooter from the field (4-of-13) and from distance (0-of-4). Without Curry’s scoring threat, Kevin Durant suddenly became inefficient (25 points) from the field (9-of-25) and from 3 (0-of-8). After spending last season filling in nicely during Curry’s injuries, Warriors fourth-year guard Quinn Cook had only seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up! Suddenly, the Warriors’ offense morphed from one centered on fluid ball movement to an offense that frequently stalled. They recorded only 22 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from deep. With exception to DeMarcus Cousins (19 points on 8-of-11 clip) and Kevon Looney (12 points on 5-of-6 clip), no one else on the Warriors shot above 50 percent from the field. “It’s really just us missing shots,” Durant said. “That’s something I cant pinpoint for everybody. But I’m confident I’ll start knocking them down soon.” Still, the Warriors (48-23) did not fall below the Denver Nuggets (49-22) for first place in the Western Conference standings just because of Curry’s absence. The Warriors lost to the Western Conference’s second-worst team by lacking the same defensive presence that ensured four wins in the past five games. The Mavericks (29-44) featured Luka Doncic (23 points), Dirk Nowitkzi (21), Ryan Broekhoff (17 points), Max Kleber (16) , Trey Burke (13) and Jalen Brunson (11) in double figures. Dallas shot 53 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3. The Warriors also lost on the glass (49-36). Want Warriors news delivered to your phone? Sign up for a free trial of Mark Medina’s Warriors text messaging service* * * (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) “It just has something to do with the fact sometimes you have games where playing against that team isn’t going to get you up,” Draymond Green admitted. “We have to find the energy somewhere else. We didn’t.” Mindful of that reality, the Warriors’ coaching staff warned their players that the Mavericks could take what Kerr called a “free swing.” Then, the Warriors’ lost the game before it really even began. The Mavericks stormed out a 12-2 lead with 9:23 left in the first quarter after Nowitzki scored eight points on three shots and the Warriors missed five of their first six. That start set the tone negatively the same the way the Warriors lost to Boston after trailing 12-0 and to Houston after trailing 15-0. Incidentally, the Warriors’ recent progress stemmed from losing by four points nearly two weeks ago to Phoenix, which owns the worst record in the Western Conference. The Warriors’ latest loss proved much worse. With the Warriors trailing 108-70 at the end of the third quarter, a noticeable amount of Warriors’ fans headed for the exits. “Defensively, we were not connected. We weren’t talking,” Kerr said. “A lot of missed communication. We couldn’t pull together after that slow start. We could never get any traction in the game.” That the Warriors failed to gain traction against Dallas may not be surprising. The Warriors have struggled to do so just as much at home (25-11) as on the road (24-12). The Warriors lost by 35 points to Dallas, which trumped their 33-point loss to Boston earlier this month. The Warriors have also lost a handful of marquee home games, including Milwaukee, Portland, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Houston (twice). Meanwhile, the Warriors won in in Utah, Denver, Milwaukee, Portland, Boston and Philadelphia. Even without Durant last week with a left ankle injury, the Warriors won in Houston and Oklahoma City. The Warriors could not absorb Curry’s absence as well at home against Dallas. “It’s not odd at all. I think everybody in that locker room ahs gotten their ass beat at home before,” Durant said. “I know this experience is different with how much winning we’ve done the last few years. Btu we’re still in the NBA and guys have been apart of terrible games.” None of which left the Warriors concerned that much for a few simple reasons. They play the Detroit Pistons (37-35) on Sunday at Oracle Arena in a game that Curry will play. Kerr said he “more than likely” will rest other players on Sunday against Detroit. But he added he has not finalized any decisions since they partly stem from developments against the Mavericks. It appears likely DeMarcus Cousins will sit against Detroit since he has yet to play a full back-to-back since returning two months ago from a left Achilles tendon injury. Then again, maybe the Warriors will not need to rest that much against Detroit. Not after how they coasted in a sluggish performance against Dallas. WARRIORS HQ PODCAST: Be sure to visit our podcast page at mercurynews.com. You can also get notified of new episodes on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud.* * * Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]
24 Mar 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
OAKLAND — Without their engine that makes everything move smoothly, the Warriors suddenly had a machine that did not work. The Warriors labored through a 126-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at Oracle Arena in what marked the most lopsided defeat of the season. The obvious reason partly pointed to Stephen Curry sitting for rest purposes. While Curry sat after playing 49 consecutive games this season, the Warriors no longer had their star that makes long 3’s, command double teams and generates easy shots for others. The Warriors also played as if they lacked any star talent to absorb rest nights for Curry, Shaun Livingston and Andrew Bogut. Such has been life for the Warriors this season. They have gone a combined 5-7 without Curry, which included an 11-game absence from a left groin injury and Saturday’s absence for rest purposes. “It doesn’t matter what anybody thinks or what our guys felt,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is not there. He has been playing night in and night out and needed a rest. He’s been beaten up. That’s how it goes.” Without Curry’s gravity, Klay Thompson did not have the same amount of catch-and-shoot opportunities to thrive as a scorer (eight) and shooter from the field (4-of-13) and from distance (0-of-4). Without Curry’s scoring threat, Kevin Durant suddenly became inefficient (25 points) from the field (9-of-25) and from 3 (0-of-8). After spending last season filling in nicely during Curry’s injuries, Warriors fourth-year guard Quinn Cook had only seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up! Suddenly, the Warriors’ offense morphed from one centered on fluid ball movement to an offense that frequently stalled. They recorded only 22 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from deep. With exception to DeMarcus Cousins (19 points on 8-of-11 clip) and Kevon Looney (12 points on 5-of-6 clip), no one else on the Warriors shot above 50 percent from the field. “It’s really just us missing shots,” Durant said. “That’s something I cant pinpoint for everybody. But I’m confident I’ll start knocking them down soon.” Still, the Warriors (48-23) did not fall below the Denver Nuggets (49-22) for first place in the Western Conference standings just because of Curry’s absence. The Warriors lost to the Western Conference’s second-worst team by lacking the same defensive presence that ensured four wins in the past five games. The Mavericks (29-44) featured Luka Doncic (23 points), Dirk Nowitkzi (21), Ryan Broekhoff (17 points), Max Kleber (16) , Trey Burke (13) and Jalen Brunson (11) in double figures. Dallas shot 53 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3. The Warriors also lost on the glass (49-36). Want Warriors news delivered to your phone? Sign up for a free trial of Mark Medina’s Warriors text messaging service* * * (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) “It just has something to do with the fact sometimes you have games where playing against that team isn’t going to get you up,” Draymond Green admitted. “We have to find the energy somewhere else. We didn’t.” Mindful of that reality, the Warriors’ coaching staff warned their players that the Mavericks could take what Kerr called a “free swing.” Then, the Warriors’ lost the game before it really even began. The Mavericks stormed out a 12-2 lead with 9:23 left in the first quarter after Nowitzki scored eight points on three shots and the Warriors missed five of their first six. That start set the tone negatively the same the way the Warriors lost to Boston after trailing 12-0 and to Houston after trailing 15-0. Incidentally, the Warriors’ recent progress stemmed from losing by four points nearly two weeks ago to Phoenix, which owns the worst record in the Western Conference. The Warriors’ latest loss proved much worse. With the Warriors trailing 108-70 at the end of the third quarter, a noticeable amount of Warriors’ fans headed for the exits. “Defensively, we were not connected. We weren’t talking,” Kerr said. “A lot of missed communication. We couldn’t pull together after that slow start. We could never get any traction in the game.” That the Warriors failed to gain traction against Dallas may not be surprising. The Warriors have struggled to do so just as much at home (25-11) as on the road (24-12). The Warriors lost by 35 points to Dallas, which trumped their 33-point loss to Boston earlier this month. The Warriors have also lost a handful of marquee home games, including Milwaukee, Portland, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Houston (twice). Meanwhile, the Warriors won in in Utah, Denver, Milwaukee, Portland, Boston and Philadelphia. Even without Durant last week with a left ankle injury, the Warriors won in Houston and Oklahoma City. The Warriors could not absorb Curry’s absence as well at home against Dallas. “It’s not odd at all. I think everybody in that locker room ahs gotten their ass beat at home before,” Durant said. “I know this experience is different with how much winning we’ve done the last few years. Btu we’re still in the NBA and guys have been apart of terrible games.” None of which left the Warriors concerned that much for a few simple reasons. They play the Detroit Pistons (37-35) on Sunday at Oracle Arena in a game that Curry will play. Kerr said he “more than likely” will rest other players on Sunday against Detroit. But he added he has not finalized any decisions since they partly stem from developments against the Mavericks. It appears likely DeMarcus Cousins will sit against Detroit since he has yet to play a full back-to-back since returning two months ago from a left Achilles tendon injury. Then again, maybe the Warriors will not need to rest that much against Detroit. Not after how they coasted in a sluggish performance against Dallas. WARRIORS HQ PODCAST: Be sure to visit our podcast page at mercurynews.com. You can also get notified of new episodes on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud.* * * Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]
24 Mar 19
Daily Democrat
OAKLAND — Without their engine that makes everything move smoothly, the Warriors suddenly had a machine that did not work. The Warriors labored through a 126-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at Oracle Arena in what marked the most lopsided defeat of the season. The obvious reason partly pointed to Stephen Curry sitting for rest purposes. While Curry sat after playing 49 consecutive games this season, the Warriors no longer had their star that makes long 3’s, command double teams and generates easy shots for others. The Warriors also played as if they lacked any star talent to absorb rest nights for Curry, Shaun Livingston and Andrew Bogut. Such has been life for the Warriors this season. They have gone a combined 5-7 without Curry, which included an 11-game absence from a left groin injury and Saturday’s absence for rest purposes. “It doesn’t matter what anybody thinks or what our guys felt,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is not there. He has been playing night in and night out and needed a rest. He’s been beaten up. That’s how it goes.” Without Curry’s gravity, Klay Thompson did not have the same amount of catch-and-shoot opportunities to thrive as a scorer (eight) and shooter from the field (4-of-13) and from distance (0-of-4). Without Curry’s scoring threat, Kevin Durant suddenly became inefficient (25 points) from the field (9-of-25) and from 3 (0-of-8). After spending last season filling in nicely during Curry’s injuries, Warriors fourth-year guard Quinn Cook had only seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up! Suddenly, the Warriors’ offense morphed from one centered on fluid ball movement to an offense that frequently stalled. They recorded only 22 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from deep. With exception to DeMarcus Cousins (19 points on 8-of-11 clip) and Kevon Looney (12 points on 5-of-6 clip), no one else on the Warriors shot above 50 percent from the field. “It’s really just us missing shots,” Durant said. “That’s something I cant pinpoint for everybody. But I’m confident I’ll start knocking them down soon.” Still, the Warriors (48-23) did not fall below the Denver Nuggets (49-22) for first place in the Western Conference standings just because of Curry’s absence. The Warriors lost to the Western Conference’s second-worst team by lacking the same defensive presence that ensured four wins in the past five games. The Mavericks (29-44) featured Luka Doncic (23 points), Dirk Nowitkzi (21), Ryan Broekhoff (17 points), Max Kleber (16) , Trey Burke (13) and Jalen Brunson (11) in double figures. Dallas shot 53 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3. The Warriors also lost on the glass (49-36). Want Warriors news delivered to your phone? Sign up for a free trial of Mark Medina’s Warriors text messaging service* * * (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) “It just has something to do with the fact sometimes you have games where playing against that team isn’t going to get you up,” Draymond Green admitted. “We have to find the energy somewhere else. We didn’t.” Mindful of that reality, the Warriors’ coaching staff warned their players that the Mavericks could take what Kerr called a “free swing.” Then, the Warriors’ lost the game before it really even began. The Mavericks stormed out a 12-2 lead with 9:23 left in the first quarter after Nowitzki scored eight points on three shots and the Warriors missed five of their first six. That start set the tone negatively the same the way the Warriors lost to Boston after trailing 12-0 and to Houston after trailing 15-0. Incidentally, the Warriors’ recent progress stemmed from losing by four points nearly two weeks ago to Phoenix, which owns the worst record in the Western Conference. The Warriors’ latest loss proved much worse. With the Warriors trailing 108-70 at the end of the third quarter, a noticeable amount of Warriors’ fans headed for the exits. “Defensively, we were not connected. We weren’t talking,” Kerr said. “A lot of missed communication. We couldn’t pull together after that slow start. We could never get any traction in the game.” That the Warriors failed to gain traction against Dallas may not be surprising. The Warriors have struggled to do so just as much at home (25-11) as on the road (24-12). The Warriors lost by 35 points to Dallas, which trumped their 33-point loss to Boston earlier this month. The Warriors have also lost a handful of marquee home games, including Milwaukee, Portland, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Houston (twice). Meanwhile, the Warriors won in in Utah, Denver, Milwaukee, Portland, Boston and Philadelphia. Even without Durant last week with a left ankle injury, the Warriors won in Houston and Oklahoma City. The Warriors could not absorb Curry’s absence as well at home against Dallas. “It’s not odd at all. I think everybody in that locker room ahs gotten their ass beat at home before,” Durant said. “I know this experience is different with how much winning we’ve done the last few years. Btu we’re still in the NBA and guys have been apart of terrible games.” None of which left the Warriors concerned that much for a few simple reasons. They play the Detroit Pistons (37-35) on Sunday at Oracle Arena in a game that Curry will play. Kerr said he “more than likely” will rest other players on Sunday against Detroit. But he added he has not finalized any decisions since they partly stem from developments against the Mavericks. It appears likely DeMarcus Cousins will sit against Detroit since he has yet to play a full back-to-back since returning two months ago from a left Achilles tendon injury. Then again, maybe the Warriors will not need to rest that much against Detroit. Not after how they coasted in a sluggish performance against Dallas. WARRIORS HQ PODCAST: Be sure to visit our podcast page at mercurynews.com. You can also get notified of new episodes on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud.* * * Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]
24 Mar 19
Red Bluff Daily News
OAKLAND — Without their engine that makes everything move smoothly, the Warriors suddenly had a machine that did not work. The Warriors labored through a 126-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at Oracle Arena in what marked the most lopsided defeat of the season. The obvious reason partly pointed to Stephen Curry sitting for rest purposes. While Curry sat after playing 49 consecutive games this season, the Warriors no longer had their star that makes long 3’s, command double teams and generates easy shots for others. The Warriors also played as if they lacked any star talent to absorb rest nights for Curry, Shaun Livingston and Andrew Bogut. Such has been life for the Warriors this season. They have gone a combined 5-7 without Curry, which included an 11-game absence from a left groin injury and Saturday’s absence for rest purposes. “It doesn’t matter what anybody thinks or what our guys felt,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is not there. He has been playing night in and night out and needed a rest. He’s been beaten up. That’s how it goes.” Without Curry’s gravity, Klay Thompson did not have the same amount of catch-and-shoot opportunities to thrive as a scorer (eight) and shooter from the field (4-of-13) and from distance (0-of-4). Without Curry’s scoring threat, Kevin Durant suddenly became inefficient (25 points) from the field (9-of-25) and from 3 (0-of-8). After spending last season filling in nicely during Curry’s injuries, Warriors fourth-year guard Quinn Cook had only seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up! Suddenly, the Warriors’ offense morphed from one centered on fluid ball movement to an offense that frequently stalled. They recorded only 22 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from deep. With exception to DeMarcus Cousins (19 points on 8-of-11 clip) and Kevon Looney (12 points on 5-of-6 clip), no one else on the Warriors shot above 50 percent from the field. “It’s really just us missing shots,” Durant said. “That’s something I cant pinpoint for everybody. But I’m confident I’ll start knocking them down soon.” Still, the Warriors (48-23) did not fall below the Denver Nuggets (49-22) for first place in the Western Conference standings just because of Curry’s absence. The Warriors lost to the Western Conference’s second-worst team by lacking the same defensive presence that ensured four wins in the past five games. The Mavericks (29-44) featured Luka Doncic (23 points), Dirk Nowitkzi (21), Ryan Broekhoff (17 points), Max Kleber (16) , Trey Burke (13) and Jalen Brunson (11) in double figures. Dallas shot 53 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3. The Warriors also lost on the glass (49-36). Want Warriors news delivered to your phone? Sign up for a free trial of Mark Medina’s Warriors text messaging service* * * (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) “It just has something to do with the fact sometimes you have games where playing against that team isn’t going to get you up,” Draymond Green admitted. “We have to find the energy somewhere else. We didn’t.” Mindful of that reality, the Warriors’ coaching staff warned their players that the Mavericks could take what Kerr called a “free swing.” Then, the Warriors’ lost the game before it really even began. The Mavericks stormed out a 12-2 lead with 9:23 left in the first quarter after Nowitzki scored eight points on three shots and the Warriors missed five of their first six. That start set the tone negatively the same the way the Warriors lost to Boston after trailing 12-0 and to Houston after trailing 15-0. Incidentally, the Warriors’ recent progress stemmed from losing by four points nearly two weeks ago to Phoenix, which owns the worst record in the Western Conference. The Warriors’ latest loss proved much worse. With the Warriors trailing 108-70 at the end of the third quarter, a noticeable amount of Warriors’ fans headed for the exits. “Defensively, we were not connected. We weren’t talking,” Kerr said. “A lot of missed communication. We couldn’t pull together after that slow start. We could never get any traction in the game.” That the Warriors failed to gain traction against Dallas may not be surprising. The Warriors have struggled to do so just as much at home (25-11) as on the road (24-12). The Warriors lost by 35 points to Dallas, which trumped their 33-point loss to Boston earlier this month. The Warriors have also lost a handful of marquee home games, including Milwaukee, Portland, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Houston (twice). Meanwhile, the Warriors won in in Utah, Denver, Milwaukee, Portland, Boston and Philadelphia. Even without Durant last week with a left ankle injury, the Warriors won in Houston and Oklahoma City. The Warriors could not absorb Curry’s absence as well at home against Dallas. “It’s not odd at all. I think everybody in that locker room ahs gotten their ass beat at home before,” Durant said. “I know this experience is different with how much winning we’ve done the last few years. Btu we’re still in the NBA and guys have been apart of terrible games.” None of which left the Warriors concerned that much for a few simple reasons. They play the Detroit Pistons (37-35) on Sunday at Oracle Arena in a game that Curry will play. Kerr said he “more than likely” will rest other players on Sunday against Detroit. But he added he has not finalized any decisions since they partly stem from developments against the Mavericks. It appears likely DeMarcus Cousins will sit against Detroit since he has yet to play a full back-to-back since returning two months ago from a left Achilles tendon injury. Then again, maybe the Warriors will not need to rest that much against Detroit. Not after how they coasted in a sluggish performance against Dallas. WARRIORS HQ PODCAST: Be sure to visit our podcast page at mercurynews.com. You can also get notified of new episodes on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud.* * * Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]
24 Mar 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
OAKLAND — Without their engine that makes everything move smoothly, the Warriors suddenly had a machine that did not work. The Warriors labored through a 126-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday at Oracle Arena in what marked the most lopsided defeat of the season. The obvious reason partly pointed to Stephen Curry sitting for rest purposes. While Curry sat after playing 49 consecutive games this season, the Warriors no longer had their star that makes long 3’s, command double teams and generates easy shots for others. The Warriors also played as if they lacked any star talent to absorb rest nights for Curry, Shaun Livingston and Andrew Bogut. Such has been life for the Warriors this season. They have gone a combined 5-7 without Curry, which included an 11-game absence from a left groin injury and Saturday’s absence for rest purposes. “It doesn’t matter what anybody thinks or what our guys felt,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is not there. He has been playing night in and night out and needed a rest. He’s been beaten up. That’s how it goes.” Without Curry’s gravity, Klay Thompson did not have the same amount of catch-and-shoot opportunities to thrive as a scorer (eight) and shooter from the field (4-of-13) and from distance (0-of-4). Without Curry’s scoring threat, Kevin Durant suddenly became inefficient (25 points) from the field (9-of-25) and from 3 (0-of-8). After spending last season filling in nicely during Curry’s injuries, Warriors fourth-year guard Quinn Cook had only seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up! Suddenly, the Warriors’ offense morphed from one centered on fluid ball movement to an offense that frequently stalled. They recorded only 22 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field and 13.3 percent from deep. With exception to DeMarcus Cousins (19 points on 8-of-11 clip) and Kevon Looney (12 points on 5-of-6 clip), no one else on the Warriors shot above 50 percent from the field. “It’s really just us missing shots,” Durant said. “That’s something I cant pinpoint for everybody. But I’m confident I’ll start knocking them down soon.” Still, the Warriors (48-23) did not fall below the Denver Nuggets (49-22) for first place in the Western Conference standings just because of Curry’s absence. The Warriors lost to the Western Conference’s second-worst team by lacking the same defensive presence that ensured four wins in the past five games. The Mavericks (29-44) featured Luka Doncic (23 points), Dirk Nowitkzi (21), Ryan Broekhoff (17 points), Max Kleber (16) , Trey Burke (13) and Jalen Brunson (11) in double figures. Dallas shot 53 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3. The Warriors also lost on the glass (49-36). Want Warriors news delivered to your phone? Sign up for a free trial of Mark Medina’s Warriors text messaging service* * * (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) “It just has something to do with the fact sometimes you have games where playing against that team isn’t going to get you up,” Draymond Green admitted. “We have to find the energy somewhere else. We didn’t.” Mindful of that reality, the Warriors’ coaching staff warned their players that the Mavericks could take what Kerr called a “free swing.” Then, the Warriors’ lost the game before it really even began. The Mavericks stormed out a 12-2 lead with 9:23 left in the first quarter after Nowitzki scored eight points on three shots and the Warriors missed five of their first six. That start set the tone negatively the same the way the Warriors lost to Boston after trailing 12-0 and to Houston after trailing 15-0. Incidentally, the Warriors’ recent progress stemmed from losing by four points nearly two weeks ago to Phoenix, which owns the worst record in the Western Conference. The Warriors’ latest loss proved much worse. With the Warriors trailing 108-70 at the end of the third quarter, a noticeable amount of Warriors’ fans headed for the exits. “Defensively, we were not connected. We weren’t talking,” Kerr said. “A lot of missed communication. We couldn’t pull together after that slow start. We could never get any traction in the game.” That the Warriors failed to gain traction against Dallas may not be surprising. The Warriors have struggled to do so just as much at home (25-11) as on the road (24-12). The Warriors lost by 35 points to Dallas, which trumped their 33-point loss to Boston earlier this month. The Warriors have also lost a handful of marquee home games, including Milwaukee, Portland, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Houston (twice). Meanwhile, the Warriors won in in Utah, Denver, Milwaukee, Portland, Boston and Philadelphia. Even without Durant last week with a left ankle injury, the Warriors won in Houston and Oklahoma City. The Warriors could not absorb Curry’s absence as well at home against Dallas. “It’s not odd at all. I think everybody in that locker room ahs gotten their ass beat at home before,” Durant said. “I know this experience is different with how much winning we’ve done the last few years. Btu we’re still in the NBA and guys have been apart of terrible games.” None of which left the Warriors concerned that much for a few simple reasons. They play the Detroit Pistons (37-35) on Sunday at Oracle Arena in a game that Curry will play. Kerr said he “more than likely” will rest other players on Sunday against Detroit. But he added he has not finalized any decisions since they partly stem from developments against the Mavericks. It appears likely DeMarcus Cousins will sit against Detroit since he has yet to play a full back-to-back since returning two months ago from a left Achilles tendon injury. Then again, maybe the Warriors will not need to rest that much against Detroit. Not after how they coasted in a sluggish performance against Dallas. WARRIORS HQ PODCAST: Be sure to visit our podcast page at mercurynews.com. You can also get notified of new episodes on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud.* * * Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]