Warriors waive Casspi, clearing path for Cook to join postseason roster

The Indiana Pacers swept the defending champions

OAKLAND The Warriors are not just fighting complacency.

The start of the fourth quarter made it seem as if the Warriors were going to come back as they have done plenty this season.

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"Our video room is working overtime". Steve Kerr was none too pleased with the effort of the Warriors in the loss to the Pacers. "Normally, it's down to a couple of teams". Golden State won 67 games last season and were the top seed in the West. I love our guys. As a player, kind of not being sure who you're going to play is a bit tough, especially with the quick turnaround.

Facing either the Cavs or the Sixers will be a brutal task, but one should present an easier path to advancing than the other, and it might not be who you think.

It kind of does, though.

The Warriors were down two in the final minute and had the ball.

The 31-year-old returned just over two weeks after against the Atlanta Hawks but suffered another injury as he was forced off in the third quarter of the game after teammate JaVale McGee landed on him, with an MRI later revealing he suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain.

In all, the Warriors are ready for the playoffs to start, even if they don't yet know who they'll face in a tight Western Conference postseason race. It put New Orleans on top 23-14. Not win-or-drop-three-spots-in-the-standings-level incentive, like New Orleans had. There might be more reasons. Davis and Mirotic combined for 62 points. Despite Houston's success this season, Golden State is still the team to beat. He had seven points on 3-of-5 shooting and three rebounds playing all 12 minutes of the first quarter.

The Pacers recorded 32 assists tonight, pushing their record to 8-0 when they have at least 30 assists and 23-3 when they have at least 25 assists. Cook has continued to shoot well, scoring 21 points on 5-7 shooting from three-point range. The Suns were at one point tied with the rest of the National Basketball Association combined in 40-point losses. "That's why I snapped", Kerr said.

Yet, the Warriors hardly played any defense.

Finally, Indiana put a damper on the Warriors' quick run with a 17-1 run of their own to ultimately put a close to the game.

No outbursts were needed against Phoenix, which shot only 42.4 percent from the field.

"We're the underdog in every matchup", Oladipo said. "We have to find ways we can play".

The problem was that, without Curry, the Warriors couldn't keep up with New Orleans' offensive onslaught. Instead, he outlined the importance in experimenting different rotations and play calls for educational purposes. They were more aggressive than us.

The Warriors also have no clarity on their injured players. Kerr said Iguodala and Livingston will likely swap roles on Sunday in Phoenix.

Just one more game remains.

Golden State ranks first in fast break points per game (19.5) while Phoenix ranks 27th in fast break points allowed per game (14.7).