Draymond Green welcomes son, returns to Golden State Warriors

After this, they play host to the Warriors on Sunday afternoon.

The Golden State Warriors emerged the locker room back to their old selves, as they unleashed 12 unanswered points to start the second half.

Draymond Green missed Thursday night's 117-101 Warriors win against the Brooklyn Nets after the birth of his first child.

"Somehow we have to figure out when teams do turn up their juice ... that we're ready to handle it", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.

"I wasn't even as upset over the rebounds", Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said.

The third quarter was a beauty to behold. In fact, the only person that could stop Durant was himself and the refs; his foul trouble deprived the Warriors of their only consistent scoring threat, and it took Curry and Thompson thawing off from their deep freeze to finally ice the game (pun intended).

After an embarrassing first half, however, the Warriors had to kick it into high gear to earn the W. Against the Cavaliers, it was a bad start (15 first quarter points) and another disgusting third quarter performance (32-17 Cavs), something that has been synonymous with their entire season.

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Friday night, Golden State has a chance to get a revenge win in over Detroit. "We just couldn't score".

If last night's letdown against the Warriors was eventually just a case of the best teams in the world beating a bad one - then what was this? "It's not easy to get there". Early in the 1st quarter Lopez and Bogdanovic capitalized on the glaring hole in the Warrior's defense.

"Transition defense was frightful in the first half", Kerr said. Though center Zaza Pachulia (15 points, 14 rebounds, four assists) acquitted himself well throughout, not until everybody joined in was the league's least-talented team exposed.

While the Pistons have plenty of motivation to play well tonight, the Warriors find themselves in a bit of a trap game. We struggled in the first half but locked in in the second half.

Despite their woes, Brooklyn can always rely on their big man, Brook Lopez, to give them production. So, in the wee hours of game day, Golden State's Draymond Green slipped out of the team's Manhattan hotel and rushed to nab a flight across the country. Their unbelievable 3 point shooting and team chemistry has guided them along. "So the defensive intensity really did change everything". They defend and defend until the opponent starts to unravel. Curry led the way on defense with an impressive 5 steals. "The game part has pretty much been taken care of, but with me it's being more confident, being more free, not being robotic out there".

At the American Airlines Arena, Shaquille O'Neal fulfilled a promise in 2006 to bring the Miami Heat their first National Basketball Association championship, and on Thursday, the Heat thanked their former star centre by retiring his No. 32 jersey.


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