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News » Golden State Warriors take step back with loss to Indiana Pacers

Golden State Warriors take step back with loss to Indiana Pacers

Golden State Warriors take step back with loss to Indiana Pacers INDIANAPOLIS It was obvious during the Warriors' 108-94 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday that Golden State's theme of ball movement didn't stick.

The Warriors have worked on it in practice. They have talked about it at shootarounds. They have witnessed it work, most notably in Monday's 41-point victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Still, somehow, the Warriors (2-5) can't make unselfish play a regular staple of the offense. They wasted what was, per Golden State's standards, a solid defensive effort with an offense hobbled by untimely one-on-one play.

"I thought we reverted back," coach Don Nelson said. "You would think since that's all we talked about, how great it was to play in that game (Monday), it would lead to more of the same. But we didn't do that."

The Warriors held the Pacers to 44.7 percent shooting from the field (opponents had been shooting 49.9 percent) and 44 second-half points. That figures to be enough defense for a team that prides itself on its offense.

But the Warriors offense is proving to be sporadic at best and potent only when guys shoot at a high percentage.

On Wednesday, though, the Warriors shot 40.2 percent from the field. Their 18 assists were half of what they totaled Monday. Guard Anthony Morrow, who started because Nelson said Morrow's teammates are starting to look for him, got seven shots in 30 minutes, making two.

"We've just got to think about it more, make a conscious effort," said swingman Kelenna Azubuike, who finished with 10 points on 2-for-10 shooting and just one assist. "We've got a lot of natural scorers on this team, so it's kind of hard for everybody to get in that mode. We've got to realize that's when we're at our best.

"Guys are so aggressive. We've got scorers on this team. It's the way players are. It's not necessarily a bad thing. We've got to get ourselves back to playing unselfishly."

Swingman Stephen Jackson was a big reason the Warriors moved the ball so well in Monday's rout of Minnesota. He had a career-high 15 assists, setting the tone for contagious ball movement.

On Wednesday, he didn't get much of a chance to do the same. He missed four of his first five shots, all off one-on-one play, and was pulled with 6:04 left in the first quarter. He didn't see the floor again until the start of the second half.

Jackson totaled seven points on 3-for-10 shooting in 18 minutes of action none in the fourth quarter.

"He's got a sore back or something," Nelson said. "I didn't think he was moving very well. I didn't think he moved very well in practice this morning. So I didn't expect that he was going to give me very much. But he gave me what he had."

Jackson said his back was fine and that he had more to give. He said the only thing limited was his minutes.

"My back is not sore at all," said Jackson, who acknowledged he may have a scratch on his lower back. "I just want to play, regardless if I'm in Africa or wherever. I just want to play. I know I could've done more than what I did tonight.

"Everybody knows what the situation is. I know a lot of people expected to see me blow up when he took me out the game earlier. For what? It is what it is. Like I said, I'm going to always respect Coach. I'm just going to do my job until things change."

The game got away from the Warriors in the second quarter, with Jackson on the bench. A jumper by Anthony Randolph cut the Pacers' lead to 41-39 at the 7:53 mark, but Indiana closed the first half with a 23-8 run. During the Pacers' spurt, Golden State went 3-for-12 from the field with four turnovers and wound up trailing 64-47 at intermission. The Warriors never got closer than seven points.

"We never got a rhythm," Morrow said. "We never got clicking enough to get over that hump."Pacers 108, Warriors 94NEXT GAME: Friday, at Knicks, 4:30 p.m.

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