With the Los Angeles Clippers losing to the Detroit Pistons on Friday, the Warriors took the top spot in the Western Conference standings. There will be no rest for those that are healthy, as they will host the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow night.
The entire team is rolling on offense and that was on full display Wednesday night against the Lakers. At 2-12, they’re off to their worst start to a season in 23 years, and their seven straight losses is their longest skid in 18 seasons. We’re at.500. We got Thanksgiving tomorrow.
Kerr had been fired up earlier in the night about bad calls by the officials, and was within earshot of the microphones, so we got to hear him mouthing off at them personally.
Timofey Mozgov scored 16 points for the Lakers, who ended a two-game skid with their seventh win in 11 games overall. Draymond Green’s shot wouldn’t fall (one for six) but he had 11 assists and nine rebounds. The Lakers led all the way and beat up the Warriors inside, collecting 16 offensive rebounds and scoring 64 points in the paint. It’s the longest consecutive game streak with 30-plus assists since Charlotte’s NBA-record 13 in 1989. (They got 152. Woo-wee.) But only one team has hit 149 even in overtime since then: the Thunder in a double-overtime win against the Wolves in March 2012.
Much of the Lakers’ production this season has come from their bench, which is leading the National Basketball Association in scoring at 52.1 points per game.
As head coach Steve Kerr began to tighten up his rotation, McCaw inched ahead of Clark on the depth chart. He arrived at the arena hours later to familiar faces, feeling odd walking through the building as a visitor this time.
Like elephants, the Golden State Warriors never forget.
The Golden State Warriors travel to Los Angeles to meet the Lakers and break the tie.
After Jordan Clarkson’s 3-pointer gave the Lakers a 12-7 lead with 8:12 remaining in the first quarter, the Warriors came back with a 13-0 run to go up 20-12 with 4:14 left in the quarter. Randle played through a hip pointer on Tuesday.
The two-time MVP took to Instagram to post a picture with him and Walton laughing together with the caption, “Hey Luke, welcome back to Oracle”. The Lakers have a coach on the rise, two young blue chippers (maybe a third depending on how sustainable you think Randle’s season is) and they’re finally out of the shadow of Kobe Bryant. Add in the fact that point guard D’Angelo Russell has been out with a sore left knee recently. Once his rehab starts, it will begin with stabilization exercises and light cardio.
Truth be told, if Randle and Young are hurting, it might be best to sit them out of this one. While the Warriors demolished the Los Angeles Lakers by scoring 80 points in the first half on 149-106 victory, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward Love worked like a charm against Portland Trail Blazers by scoring 34 points in the first quarter in the 137-125 victory.