Klay Thompson clearly has his shot back, scoring 43 points in a blowout win over the Knicks on Tuesday night. Ray and Joe discuss his emergence, and the imminent Warriors debut of DeMarcus Cousins. We also hear from Golden State head coach Steve Kerr and Thompson himself.
On Thursday night the Warriors blew a 20-point lead and watched James Harden hit the game-winning 3-pointer as Houston beat Golden State in overtime. Ray and Joe were on site at Oracle Arena to dissect the game right after it ended.
The Warriors are on shaky ground of late, losing at home to the Lakers on Christmas Day and to the Blazers on Thursday night in OT. Ray and Joe try to figure out what’s going wrong with Golden State’s offense, including a shooting slump that Klay Thompson isn’t acknowledging.
Warriors TV announcer Bob Fitzgerald compared playing the Jazz to going to the dentist and Golden State did not have a pleasant appointment with Utah as the Jazz performed a 3-point root canal on Wednesday night with 16 baskets beyond the arc. Coincidentally, Ray did this podcast right after he left the dentist’s chair, but he was in better spirits than Steve Kerr, who wants his team to brush up on its ball movement skills.
The Raptors had lost to the Warriors the last 13 times they visited Oakland, but Wednesday was a different story at Oracle Arena. Even though they played without injured Kawhi Leonard, Toronto blew out the Dubs and swept the season series, showing why they are the best team in the NBA right now.
Ray and Joe were in attendance at Oracle and they go quarter-by-quarter with their analysis.
Steph Curry is back in the lineup and he dropped 42 points on the Cavs in the Warriors win in Cleveland on Wednesday. He talks about how he is making progress in his return.
Our special guest is Tim Kawakami from the Athletic. He tells us why the online sportswriting site is successful and we chat about the Warriors season: “This is not going to be a smooth sailing season,” says Kawakami. “There are still going to be some episodes. I’m convinced of it. They didn’t ruin the NBA, because this is tough. This is a long season. You suffer through some things, you fight through them and as Steve Kerr always says, that’s the reason why you go crazy when you win a championship, why you spray each other with champagne. Not because it’s easy, because it’s hard.”
The Warriors appear to be back on track after beating Orlando for their third consecutive victory. Ray and Joe dissect that win and the recent high-scoring games from Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson (the Splash Cousins?).
Our special guest is TNT reporter Kristen Ledlow, who joins the podcast to chat about the KD/Draymond saga, the personalities on the Warriors and the experience of covering weekly NBA drama. Ledlow will be on the sidelines in Toronto on Thursday night for the Warriors/Raptors game on TNT.
Here’s what Ledlow said about why two Warriors all stars had issues: “Think about how much time these guys spend together. They’re essentially siblings and ultimately siblings who have completely opposite personalities are going to clash. That’s the reality of what a team is and what a team means. Draymond Green is one of my favorite players and people. I also understand why he frustrates as many people as he frustrates. He is their emotional leader whether it’s for better or for worse…Kevin Durant isn’t the kind of guy that appreciates being spoken to in the way that Draymond often speaks to his teammates. Some of them see it as motivating, some them don’t. I think this was likely a case of clashing personalities that came to a head.”
After the Warriors dropped their fourth game in a row with another stinker against Oklahoma City, Ray and Joe survey the wreckage as Golden State continues to struggle without Steph Curry and Draymond Green.
After the Warriors had their own version of “Family Feud,” Draymond Green returned from his suspension and the Warriors laid an egg in Houston. Ray and Joe examine the state of Green’s relationship with Kevin Durant and analyze the team’s play without Steph Curry.
The Warriors got blasted by the Bucks on Thursday night for their first home loss of the season. Ray and Joe talk about that game and how the Warriors cope with Draymond Green and Steph Curry being out of the lineup for Saturday’s game against Brooklyn.