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Latest Warriors lowlights: Jordan Poole biffs wide-open layup; Draymond Green gets ejected

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Draymond Green said the Warriors ” f—ing suck right now” a couple weeks ago.

He probably didn’t know just how bad it would get.

In Golden State’s loss to the Jazz last night, Jordan Poole made a great cut then – perhaps fearing elite shot-blocker Rudy Gobert – missed the rim entirely on a wide-open layup:

Poole offensively rebounded his own miss and had another good look near the basket. But, by that point, Gobert got in position to bother the follow.

Later in the game, Green got ejected for arguing a foul call:

Green, via Ali Thanawalla of NBC Sports Bay Area:

I disagreed with that call and I’m never going to be OK with another grown man telling me ‘Don’t talk,'” Green told reporters after the game. “If you feel you got the call wrong, or right, you don’t tell me not to talk. I’m a grown man. I got my own kids.”

What a start to Michigan-Michigan State week.

Rumor: Stephen Curry unlikely to return this season

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The Warriors said Stephen Curry would miss at least three months with a broken hand.

Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report:

A team source says the fracture was worse than originally thought, and it’s unlikely that he plays again this season.

I question the veracity of this report. But it’s out there.

Golden State looked awful with Curry. Losing him for the season – even if Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell get and stay healthy – would practically extinguish the Warriors’ already-dim playoff chances.

A lost season could push Golden State and Curry to proceed cautiously, regardless of the exact extent of his injury.

This will only increase comparisons to the 1996-97 Spurs. But David Robinson returned from his initial injury with San Antonio 3-15 then got hurt again after just six games. That’s why the Spurs lost enough to get No. 1 pick Tim Duncan.

Also keep in mind: Even if they lose the rest of their games, the Warriors will have an 86% chance of NOT getting the No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft. The lottery would put them at about coinflip between getting a top-four pick or the No. 5 pick.

Any high lottery pick would help. The Warriors already have a few stars/theoretical stars – Curry, Klay Thompson, Green, Russell – locked up long term. A premier prospect could jumpstart the next era.

In the meantime, Golden State is in for some misery this season – more if Curry doesn’t return.

Steve Kerr on Draymond Green-Kevin Durant argument: ‘If this had happened at a practice, you can cover it up’

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Kevin Durant said his argument with Draymond Green last season contributed to him leaving the Warriors last summer.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr on the “Book of Basketball 2.0” podcast with Bill Simmons:

This was two guys who were about ready to fight.

In this particular case with Kevin, it was too much, and it’s something that happened on national TV. And now, you open up the whole world – you’ve invited the whole world to scrutinize your team. And so now, there’s so many distractions that it becomes really difficult to deal with. If this had happened at a practice, you can cover it up. Actually, we had several things over the past few years that have happened that never made it out, and we’re very proud of that.

This echoes David West, who flaunted the Warriors’ ability to keep secrets.

But this wasn’t just bad luck that Green and Durant were on national television. Of course, Green knew cameras were on him. It was the middle of the game.

Green was so upset with Durant, Green berated Durant in front of everyone. Usually, players wait to confront teammates until they’re in private. That Green didn’t wait speaks to intensity of the discord.

And probably says something about why Durant left.

Watch James Harden score 36 points, lead Rockets in rout Warriors 129-112

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HOUSTON — James Harden had 36 points and 13 assists and the Houston Rockets routed Golden State 129-112 on Wednesday night, sending the short-handed Warriors to their sixth loss in eight games this season.

Harden again appeared to be moving past his early shooting woes, going 6 of 16 from 3-point range. Since going 17 of 79 on 3s in his first six games, Harden has made 13 of 32 the last two.

Russell Westbrook had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. P.J. Tucker had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Clint Capela added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Austin Rivers was 4 for 4 from 3 with 12 points.

Alec Burks led Golden State with 28 points. Eric Paschall had 19 points, and Glenn Robinson III added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Already reeling from injuries to Splash Brothers Stephen Curry (broken hand) and Klay Thompson (knee surgery) and the loss of Kevin Durant, the Warriors were without D'Angelo Russell (sprained right ankle) and Draymond Green (torn ligament in left index finger) for a third straight game. Russell, who sat on the Golden State bench, could return Friday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Houston and Golden State entered the game ranked 29th and 28th in the league in points allowed, giving up an average of 123.1 and 120.4 points per game, respectively. Neither team had played a game so far this season where they held their opponent below triple digits.

Both teams struggled with their shooting for spurts of the first half, but late in the second quarter, Harden drilled a deep 3-pointer where he was also fouled. That shot fired up both Harden and the Toyota Center crowd, including rapper Travis Scott, who was sitting courtside.

Houston led 63-52 at the half, thanks in large part to Harden’s 24 first-half points, but also Golden State’s 38.8% shooting from the field.

There were seven lead changes in the first half before Houston started to pull away.

To open up the second half, the Rockets held the Warriors to just three field goals in the first seven minutes of the third quarter and built a lead as large as 23 points. They entered the fourth quarter leading 98-83.

Draymond Green out for Warriors three-game road trip; D’Angelo Russell may return Friday

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The Golden State Warriors are starting to feel like an emergency room reality show — one that’s scripted because this many serious injuries couldn’t possibly hit one team in reality.

In this latest episode In the latest medical news out of Golden State, Draymond Green will not suit up on the Warriors’ three-game road trip starting Wednesday night in Houston because of the ligament injury in his finger that has already sidelined him for two games.

D'Angelo Russell is out against the Rockets as well, but if you’re looking for the silver lining he is likely to be back by Friday.

Back to the bad news: The Warriors announced that big man Kevon Looney will be out at least another two weeks.

The Warriors have back-to-back road games Friday in Minnesota and Saturday in Oklahoma City.