Warriors forward David Lee was so embarrassed by his team's blowout loss to Memphis that he felt compelled to say he was sorry on Twitter after the game.
"My sincere apology to Warrior fans," Lee tweeted. "Awful showing by our team and as a Captain I didn't play my best and it's inexcusable. Put this loss on me!"
He wasn't the only Warrior smarting from a 110-92 defeat Wednesday that represented yet another missed opportunity for a team struggling to stay in the NBA playoff picture.
"You never want to get beat down like that, especially on your home court," forward Dorell Wright said. "So guys aren't happy about that at all. Now we have to work hard and turn this season around. We've got time to make our run."
But not that much time. And the Warriors (15-21) gave no indication Wednesday of being a team ready to make a surge. They allowed the Grizzlies to race out to an early 21-4 advantage. The Warriors did battle back to take a second-quarter lead, only to roll over in the second half.
"We should be down," Warriors coach Marc Jackson said. "Now the question is: What are you going to do about it? The guys understand where we are right now. The good thing is we don't have guys chirping and pointing fingers at one another."
What seemed to upset Jackson the most was the lack of intensity by the Warriors in the first quarter.
"That's frustrating," Jackson said. "The teams that win and are successful, you know what you're going to get every single night. You can't have roller-coaster energy and execution. As a coach, you don't want to have to talk about effort."
The path won't get any easier. The Warriors face defending NBA champion Dallas at Oracle Arena on Saturday and then visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday in a difficult back-to-back. That will launch the Warriors on a brutal stretch of 30 games in 48 days in this lockout-compacted schedule.
But Jackson said he's resisting the temptation to rush Curry back too quickly.
"He's played really well -- to the point where you want to play him even more," Jackson said. "I just want to make sure that he's right. I don't want to put him in a position where it can get worse. It's very hard not to play him. But at the end of the day, I'm not going to compromise his future."
Curry didn't practice Thursday. A Warriors spokesman said Curry was getting an MRI on the foot, but that it was a previously scheduled appointment to check on the healing process.
"It's like going back in a time machine," Mullin said. "I grew up in a Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood that's so similar to Oakland. And when I think about where I played, it was places just like this."
The two existing courts, weathered and with cracks in the concrete, will be refurbished as part of the team's Makin' Hoops program. These will bring the number of Bay Area courts that the Warriors and the not-for-profit Good Tidings Foundation have upgraded to 45. PGE also is a co-sponsor of the Arroyo Viejo project.
Mullin promised the kids he would return when the new courts are finished.
"Believe it or not," he said, "I still play a little bit."
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