Warriors a foul-happy bunch

Utah Jazz Deron Williams (8) slips under a leaping Golden State Warriors Monta Ellis in the first half at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on April 13, 2010. The Jazz defeated the Warriors 103-94. UPI/Terry Schmitt Photo via Newscom

Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Entering Wednesday’s game against Houston, the Warriors were committing 23.93 fouls a game (worst in the league) and were drawing 18.79 (third from the bottom). Their entire roster had combined to make 224 free throws – similar to the combined numbers of Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (221).

“We’ve got to figure out how to get into the penalty, because that will soften the opponents’ defense,” point guard Stephen Curry said. “Right now, they can be as aggressive as they need to be against us and not worry about sending us to the line.”

Without a dominant post player, the Warriors rely mostly on their guards to draw fouls, and that doesn’t always work. During the Lakers game Sunday, an advanced scout said he was amazed at how much contact Ellis draws compared with how few fouls he draws.

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