The Warriors dropped a 109-102 back-and-forth shootout in Milwaukee Saturday night. Golden State lost the battle of the boards for the second night in a row, pulling down 50 to Milwaukee’s 58. Stephen Curry scored 20 of his game-high 26 in the first half including five 3-pointers while Klay Thompson put in 19 with three 3’s of his own. David Lee delivered his 27th double-double of the season with 12 points and 15 boards. Carl Landry had a double-double of his own with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Jarrett Jack also had a double-double off the bench with 13 points and 10 assists. The Warriors will look to right the ship on Monday when they take on the Raptors in Toronto.
On the two-game losing streak:
“We have to get back to who we are. We aren’t rebounding at the same level and it’s hurting us. It’s costing us ball games, and we have to find a way to get it back.”
On the performance in the third quarter:
“There was a spurt where we gave up second-chance opportunities in the first half and in the second half also. When you allow a team to dominate you on the boards and get second-chance points it sucks the life out of your defense, and when you think about it, it’s a two-point ball game. If we rebound the ball and make a couple of plays it would be a different story. It’s a disappointing loss, but at the same time it’s important for us to not let go of the rope, and we are not going to do that. We look forward to the next one and continuing to get better.”
On the Warriors fourth quarter comeback:
“We played well, we climbed back, and we showed some fight. It takes so much out of you when you have to defend 48 seconds instead of 24 seconds. Too many second-chance points, it really hurt us, and it cost us a ball game.”
On the Warriors rebounding struggles lately:
“We have played two teams that have a good front line. We just have to step our game up a little more. We really have to make a concerted effort to find bodies. We don’t have many guys that can just jump up over guys and grab rebounds. Five guys putting bodies on guys and going after loose balls.”
On the key to outside success:
“We have good shooters on this team, and we space the floor well. It’s just trying to find open shots and knocking them down. We have to continue to realize a balance between settling for jump shots when we know we have it going and getting to the paint and still making plays. I think offensively we didn’t have a problem tonight, but defensively in the third quarter especially we gave up 35 points. You are not going to win on the road doing that.”
On the performance tonight:
“We just didn’t think we had the effort tonight for 48 minutes to come in here and get a win on the road. Regardless, if we don’t put forth that effort for 48 minutes, we aren’t going to beat anybody. I just tried to have a concerted effort, coming in trying to give my team energy. We kind of had a little down period in the third quarter and they made tough shots to go with it. We just have to pick up our effort and level of play.”
On differences in play going forward:
“Everything across the board, there is no one thing to pinpoint. I think if you tend to pick it up everywhere there won’t be a place where you are lacking. One thing that has been plaguing us the past few games has been turnovers, but we took care of the ball for the most part tonight. We will get back on track, no need to panic.”
The Warriors’ current four-game road trip includes a tour of the Midwest as well as a venture north of the border. After Friday’s contest in Chicago, the Warriors make the short trip to Milwaukee to take on old friend Monta Ellis and the Bucks. This will be just the second time the Warriors have faced Ellis since last March’s trade that landed Andrew Bogut in Golden State, and there’s no question that it will be a big game for both teams.
LAST TIME OUT
The below freezing temperatures in Chicago were symbolic of the Warriors’ shooting woes in their 103-87 loss to the Bulls on Friday. The Warriors trailed by as many as 26 and were never able to trim that deficit into single digits. David Lee led the Warriors with 23 points and six rebounds while Stephen Curry added 21 points in the defeat. Klay Thompson added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 34.6 percent against one of the top defenses in the game.
CHAMPS ON BACK-TO-BACKS
The Warriors haven’t lost consecutive games very often this season, and it’s even more rare when they lose on consecutive nights. Golden State is 7-3 this season when playing on the back end of a back-to-back, and they have won their last two games when playing the night before. Just as they did throughout the first half of the season, the Warriors will look to All-Star David Lee and Stephen Curry to steady the ship after a disappointing loss in Chicago on Friday.
WELCOME HOME CARL LANDRY
If you’ve ever seen Carl Landry play, then you’ve probably seen his patented pump fake. The veteran forward and Wisconsin native is undersized for his position, but he has found success in the paint thanks in large part to his patience, intelligence and craftiness. Landry is averaging more than 12 points and six rebounds this season, and he can very well be in store for a big game on Saturday if he uses his pump fake against a Bucks team known for blocking shots.
MILWAUKEE SCOUTING REPORT
In many ways, the Bucks mirror the team that the Warriors used to be. Aside from having former Warriors Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Mike Dunleavy on the club, Milwaukee has two explosive, albeit undersized, guards patrolling the backcourt that aren’t afraid to gamble on defense. Milwaukee has the fourth lowest defensive rebounding percentage in the league, but they are the leading shot-blocking team and also adept at forcing turnovers. Ellis and fellow guard Brandon Jennings are each averaging nearly 19 points and six assists a game, and 6-foot-10 forward Ersan Ilyasova recently has averaged 28 points and 12.3 boards over the last three games. The Bucks let a 20-point second half advantage slip away in Friday’s loss in Cleveland, and that defeat snapped three-game winning streak for Milwaukee.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.