Kurtenbach: The exhausted Warriors’ Game 4 loss proved just how much they need Andre Iguodala

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) reacts to an offensive foul called against him during their game against the Houston Rockets in the third quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — The Warriors might want to reconsider their playoff slogan after a 95-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night.

You know the slogan — it’s been emblazoned everywhere over the last few weeks: Strength in Numbers.

Having strength in numbers would seem to indicate that the Warriors have a deep, solid bench that can provide a positive impact in every game.

That was the case in years past. That was the case earlier this season, even. But in Game 4, it was obvious that the Warriors do not have “Strength in Numbers”.

And, as such, this series is tied at 2-2 and the Rockets have home-court advantage for what has become a three-game series.

With Andre Iguodala sidelined with a left knee contusion Tuesday, the Warriors had an eight-man rotation in a pivotal contest, and that lack of depth manifested in the fourth quarter against a Houston team hellbent on exhausting Golden State for the first three periods.

The plan worked.

And it highlighted how much the Warriors missed the injured veteran forward.

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) reacts to an offensive foul called against him during their game against the Houston Rockets in the third quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Warriors coach Steve Kerr played Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green for the entirety of the third quarter of Game 4. That move that paid dividends at the time, as a patented Curry flurry gave Golden State a 10-point lead, but it came back to sting in the fourth as all four players — the Warriors’ four most important players — looked exhausted in the final frame.

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Dodgers’ back-to-back homers off Bryan Shaw sinks the Rockies

LOS ANGELES — Dodger Stadium had become a relatively serene place Tuesday night, what with the home team going hitless from the second inning through the fifth and trailing the Rockies 3-2.

But that changed as quickly as lightning on two Bryan Shaw pitches in the sixth inning, unleashing an earthquake of noise at Chavez Ravine as the Dodgers rallied for a 5-3 victory.

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Shaw relieved Colorado starter Chad Bettis and immediately ran into trouble in the sixth, yielding a leadoff single to Matt Kemp and lighting the fuse to L.A’s rally. Chris Taylor’s two-run homer brought the fans to their feet, and before they could settle back into their seats, Yasiel Puig crushed a solo homer deep into the left-field seats.

Ballgame over. However, thanks to Arizona’s 1-0 loss at Milwaukee, Colorado still leads the National League West by half a game.

Shaw lives and dies with his cut fastball, but both of the Dodgers’ homers came on misplaced sliders. Shaw gave up five home runs all last season with Cleveland, but he has already served up five in Rockies purple and his ERA sits at 5.92.

Bettis gave Colorado another solid start, pitching five innings of three-hit ball while allowing two runs. Even more impressive was Bettis’ ability to rebound from a difficult opening frame.

Indeed, Bettis and the Rockies flirted with disaster in the first inning. A double by Justin Turner and an RBI single by Kemp put L.A. in front 1-0. Bettis should have gotten out of the inning when Cody Bellinger hit a two-out hot shot to first baseman Ian Desmond, but Desmond couldn’t make the play. Bellinger was credited with a double, but had Desmond been able to come up with the ball, the inning would have been over.

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Warriors’ late-game shot selection critiqued by TNT crew

Klay Thompson’s turnaround jumper as the clock neared triple-zeroes missed the rim entirely with the Warriors down two points.

“I don’t know what the hell this was,” Charles Barkley said watching the clip postgame, as Golden State’s second-to-last desperation attempt of the game sailed long.

The TNT crew critiqued the Warriors “iso ball” tendencies during their 95-92 Game 4 loss to the Rockets, in which the hosts registered only 14 assists. That’s the first time in the Western Conference Finals the Warriors have tallied below 20 helpers. Golden State led by 12 with under 10 and a half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on, and the series now heads back to Houston tied at two.

“The last three or four minutes, they got some of the worst shots you ever see a Warrior team get.” pic.twitter.com/I6jnHSldS8

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 23, 2018

As Thompson’s hero effort unfolded, Kevin Durant called for the ball beyond the 3-point line on the wing and Draymond Green tried to call timeout well beyond the top of the arc. Neither outlet worked, and Thompson’s attempt went awry as Chris Paul grabbed the rebound and hit a free throw on the other end after being fouled.

“Pretty good D by the Rockets,” Shaquille O’Neal said.

“You see Draymond Green trying to call timeout as that play was going absolutely nowhere,” host Ernie Johnson chimed in.

“I thought the last three or four minutes they got some of the worst shots you’ll ever see a Warrior team get,” Barkley added.

The Warriors only scored three points in the final 3:17, and all came on free throws. They shot 0-for-5 from the field, including a missed 3-pointer each from Stephen Curry and Thompson to go along with a Curry turnover.

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NCS baseball playoffs: Tuesday’s scores, updated schedule

Division I

Tuesday’s first round
No. 1 De La Salle 9, No. 16 Castro Valley 1
No. 9 San Ramon Valley 6, No. 8 Acalanes 0
No. 12 Clayton Valley Charter 4, No. 5 Monte Vista 2
No. 4 Heritage 12, No. 13 Liberty 2
No. 2 Foothill 10, No. 15 James Logan 0
No. 7 College Park 2, No. 10 Granada 0
No. 14 Freedom 2, No. 3 Berkeley 1
No. 6 Amador Valley 2, No. 11 Dougherty Valley 1

Friday’s quarterfinals
No. 9 San Ramon Valley at No. 1 De La Salle, 3 p.m.
No. 12 Clayton Valley Charter at No. 4 Heritage, 5 p.m.
No. 7 College Park at No. 2 Foothill, 5 p.m.
No. 14 Freedom at No. 6 Amador Valley, 5 p.m.

Division II

Wednesday’s first round
No. 16 Newark Memorial vs. No. 1 Alameda at Lincoln Park in Alameda, 5 p.m.
No. 9 Marin Catholic at No. 8 Tamalpais, 5 p.m.
No. 13 Arroyo at No. 4 Drake, 5 p.m.
No. 12 Washington-Fremont at No. 5 Northgate, 5 p.m.
No. 15 San Lorenzo at No. 2 Maria Carrillo, 5 p.m.
No. 10 Rancho Cotate at No. 7 Redwood, 5 p.m.
No. 14 Concord at No. 3 Casa Grande, 5 p.m.
No. 11 El Cerrito at No. 6 Petaluma, 5 p.m.

Division III

Tuesday’s first round
No. 1 Miramonte 9, No. 16 Albany 0
No. 9 San Marin 9, No. 8 Analy 5
No. 13 Justin-Siena 7, No. 4 Cardinal Newman 5
No. 5 Bishop O’Dowd 2, No. 12 San Rafael 1
No. 2 Campolindo 6, No. 15 Sonoma Valley 1
No. 10 St. Joseph Notre Dame 4, No. 7 Eureka 1
No. 3 Encinal 8, No. 14 Las Lomas 7
No. 8 Kennedy-Fremont 3, No. 11 Piner 2

Friday’s quarterfinals
No. 9 San Marin at No. 1 Miramonte, 5 p.m.
No. 13 Justin-Siena at No. 5 Bishop O’Dowd, 5 p.m.
No. 10 St. Joseph Notre Dame at No. 2 Campolindo, 4 p.m.
No. 6 Kennedy-Fremont at No. 3 Encinal, 5 p.m.

Division IV

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