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One bad game all the way around


One bad game all the way aroundIn a word: embarrassing.

Coach Don Nelson deemed the Warriors' 118-90 loss Friday night an embarrassment, and his players parroted the message after being thoroughly outplayed by the Clippers in front of 18,788 at Oracle Arena.

"I don't have a lot to tell you other than what you saw for yourself: a bad performance and bad effort," Nelson said.

"We all should be embarrassed," Monta Ellis said. "This was a terrible performance, and a terrible game. We looked like we didn't know what we were doing out there. We looked like a high school team.

"We didn't do anything."

The Warriors did shoot poorly, did play little or no defense, and did turn the fourth quarter into an irrelevant collection of 12 minutes. They shot 34.5 percent, allowed Baron Davis, Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman to score at will, and were down by 30 after three quarters.

Davis had 25 points and seven assists, Gordon had 25 points and seemingly could have gone for 50 if he so desired, and Kaman had 22 points and nine rebounds without playing in the fourth quarter.

"Everything went wrong," Stephen Jackson said. "We got our asses whipped."

The Warriors could be haunted by some disturbing images.

The image of Davis, a former Warriors point guard, dominating for a Clippers team that has been in 20 of 24 draft lotteries. The image of the fans hustling out the doors midway through the third quarter. The image of having 78 more games on the schedule.

"I couldn't tell you what it was, but I know that's not how I want to play Basketball," Ellis said. "... The Clippers "are a Basketball team, and an NBA team. They have NBA players and players who can make plays. They're not trash, but they've had a couple of bad games.

"We gave our home fans a loss like that. That's terrible."

Jackson had 17 points and six rebounds, and Anthony Morrow came off the bench for 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Stephen Curry fouled out early in the fourth quarter, finishing with five points and three assists, and Anthony Randolph added a game-high 14 rebounds and 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

"Hopefully, we don't go and get worse than that," Jackson said. "We've got practice Saturday, so we'll see what they've got to say and what they want us to work on. ...

"Everybody sees how we're playing. Everybody sees this team. I'm not the one who makes the changes, but everybody knows how I feel. I'm just going to go out there and do my job, and try to be as positive as I can. Right now, I think I'm doing a good job. I don't have any techs yet, and I'm in a good mood after getting beat by 60."

With Andris Biedrins back missing the game and Ronny Turiaf knee out for his second straight, Mikki Moore took over at center for the fourth starting lineup in four games.

"We've got different lineups every game," Jackson said. "Guys don't know if they're going to play and for how many minutes. There are a lot of things that need to be more concrete.

"There's no one to blame. We just have to figure it out as a team, from top to bottom."

Ugly numbers Some of the stats from their lopsided loss to the Clippers:Field goal pct 34.5Opponent field goal pct 57.9Turnovers 19Shots had blocked 9Final deficit 28Largest deficit 34Ugly numbers UP NEXT Who: at Kings 1-4

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Of note: The Kings will be without their best player, guard Kevin Martin, for about eight weeks. The team announced Friday that the league's third-leading scorer 30.6 points per game will have surgery Monday to repair a left wrist hairline fracture that was sustained last Monday. The news of surgery follows forward Andres Nocioni being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence early Thursday morning.

Ugly numbers Davis' return The Warriors downplayed Baron Davis' second trip to Oracle since he fled Oakland for the Clippers last offseason, but it clearly meant something to the fans.

The fans booed Davis throughout each of his touches. He averaged 19.9 points and 8.1 assists from 2005-08 with the Warriors and was a staple of the team that upset top-seeded Dallas in the 2007 playoffs.

"They are some of the most amazing fans in sports history," Davis said. "There are a lot of people who love me for what I did for the Warriors . I'll always have love for this place.

"Always."

- Rusty Simmons

Ugly numbers Opening tip: Asked if Monta Ellis' improved defense is because of techniques the staff is teaching, coach Don Nelson joked, "I certainly haven't given him any." The Warriors have given up the league's most points for three straight seasons.

- Rusty Simmons


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Added: November 7, 2009

 

 
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