The Warriors got into a hole early and couldn’t climb their way out in Wednesday's 119-98 loss to the Thunder in Oklahoma City. The rook Harrison Barnes continued to improve with 19 on 7-of-9 from the field while Stephen Curry nearly missed a triple-double with 14 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. David Lee notched his league-leading 32nd double-double with 12 points and 11 boards and Klay Thompson finished with 19. Kent Bazemore recorded his first career double-digit performance with 11 points for the Warriors, who will have one day off before another back-to-back begins in Memphis.
On the team's overall play:
“Not good. We were not sharp defensively. I thought we played well in spurts, but you give up 64 points in the paint and 29 points off turnovers, that’s a recipe for disaster coming into this building against this team. We talked about it before hand, and we just did not get it done.”
On not being able to keep the game close:
“They are a very good team. They are not going to buckle when things aren’t going their way. We made a run, but you’ve got to sustain it. I thought at key points we didn’t take care of the basketball and we didn’t defend at our level. We’ve got to get back to that.”
On not seeing what he wanted after losing last night:
“We didn’t win and we didn’t play particularly well. I thought we battled. I thought in spurts we played very good, but overall what it takes to beat this team, especially in that building, is 48 minutes of solid basketball on both sides of the ball and we did not do that.”
On if getting into Oklahoma City at 4 a.m. last night affected their play:
“It’s different. You know, it definitely throws your routine off, especially on a back-to-back. On game day you can’t really think about it, about that being a crutch for you; just try to overcome it as much as possible. I don’t know if our energy was a problem, I think it was just a lack of focus at the beginning. They got off to a huge lead, but we fought back and gave it everything we had the second half to try to make that a competitive game. Just couldn’t get it done.”
On whether or not he feels like this is a time for concern:
“No, I think last night we ran into a hot team and we did not play as well as we should have defensively and tonight we fall victim to the same thing Oklahoma City does to everyone in this building. With that being said, it’s not an excuse. We played poorly defensively both games, but I don’t see it as a trend, I see it as something we have to get better at, similar to the last road trip, and finish this thing up strong.”
On tonight's game and moving forward:
“The best we can do now is go .500 for this road trip, and finish off strong before the All-Star break. We still have pretty good teams ahead of us, like Dallas. That’s all we can do now. They [the Thunder] were a good team and we get them one more time at our place.”
On Golden State's defense:
“Our defense was terrible the last two games. It was awful. We have a day tomorrow to fine tune some thing. Those are two better offensive teams in the NBA that we played. I’m not that worried about it, we played well all year and you know it’s hard to have a perfect season. Like I said, tomorrow in Memphis we can work on some things and I think we’ll be just fine.”
BACK TO BACK
The Warriors will look to bounce back from loss to the Rockets when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. Surprisingly, the Warriors have fared better in the second half of a back-to-back (8-4) this season than they have the first (5-8), a number they’ll look to improve even further against a Thunder team that has alternated wins and losses in each of its last nine games. The two teams have split the two games they’ve played this year with each team winning on their home court, most recently the Warriors on January 23.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors fell victim to a 3-point barrage in Tuesday’s 140-109 loss in Houston. The Rockets shot 14-for-18 on 3-pointers in the first half and tied the NBA record with 23 made treys while handing the Warriors their first defeat in five games. Jarrett Jack led the Warriors in a losing cause with 20 points and five assists and David Lee added 18 points and seven rebounds.
KEEP AN EYE ON CURRY
Warriors guard Stephen Curry is a threat whenever he’s on the court, and that has been especially true when the Warriors have taken on the Thunder this season. Curry has averaged 26.5 points, 6.5 assists and 2.0 steals in two games against Oklahoma City this season. His point total against the Thunder is the second highest of any opponent this season, and the Warriors will likely need another big win from him should they win in Oklahoma City for the first time in eight tries.
PRODUCTION OFF THE BENCH
Warriors reserves Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack have provided a spark off the bench all season, and both lead all reserves in two categories of 10-and-5 games. Landry ranks first in the league among bench players with 26 games of at least 10 points and five rebounds, while Jack leads all reserves with 20 games of at least 10 points and five assists. Both players were acquired in the offseason and both averaging more than 12 points per game.
OKLAHOMA CITY SCOUTING REPORT
The Western Conference champions of last year are back at it again this season, racking up wins as they cement their status as a championship contender for this year and beyond. Led by All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder have raced out to a 36-12 record, second only to the Spurs in the entire league. Durant is on his way to becoming the first player to win four consecutive scoring titles since Michael Jordan, averaging a ridiculous 29.4 points per game. When you factor in the dynamic Westbrook, as well as a supporting cast that includes the likes of Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha, it’s easy to see how the Thunder can be a tough matchup for any team. The Warriors got the best of them in a matchup at Oracle in January, and you can bet the Thunder will be looking to avenge that loss with a victory in their own house.
GSW: Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.
OKC: Jeremy Lamb (lower back strain) is day-to-day.
OKC: Jeremy Lamb (lower back strain) is day-to-day.