Stephen Curry tied a season-high with 32 points and David Lee logged 26 points but it wasn’t enough in Friday’s 99-93 loss in Memphis. The Warriors had a three-point lead with eight minutes left in the game, but a 9-0 Grizzlies run over the next five minutes left too big of a deficit for the Warriors to overcome. Curry added eight assists and knocked down four three-pointers on the night, but no Golden State player other than he and Lee scored more than nine points. The loss dropped the Warriors to 0-3 on the road trip and they’ll look to salvage a game on Saturday in Dallas on the back end of a back-to-back.
On tonight's performance:
"We’re a very good rebounding team. We did not gain rebounds; we didn’t close out our possessions. The first half was not our brand of basketball. The second half – giving up 36 points – we were much better."
"I was pleased with the defensive effort in the second half. We gave up too many points in the first half and we let them have a conflict zone in the second half. We played our brand of basketball. I was pleased with that. It was a tough loss for us, so we have to find a way to produce wins."
On the fourth quarter:
"We didn’t make shots, but that wasn’t our problem. We weren’t scoring the basketball. They hurt us on their offensive end at times and with offensive rebounding."
On the team's second half play:
"We were sick of getting scored on I guess. For three-straight games now we've given up over 60 points, and 70 in one game [in the first half]. So, at some point you have to realize that’s the way you're going to make games. You can turn that around and we did that in the second half. We fell a little bit short. It's a frustrating feeling for us losing three in a row - but it is positive that we can take from this game knowing we got back to our brand of basketball the last 24 minutes. We have to remember that for tomorrow."
On handling the loss:
"You think about it now until you get to the next city. We have a back-to-back, so there's not a lot of time to dwell on tonight. Obviously, you want to learn the lessons of stuff that went wrong and talk about it after the game. But the beauty of the NBA is you have another opportunity tomorrow to try to get back on the winning side of things."
On tonight's game:
"Giving up 63 points in the half is unacceptable. I don’t care who you are playing against, whether they are one of the best scoring team in the league or the worst. It’s unacceptable. You’re not going to win games like that. Honestly, we gave up 36 points in the second half. Like I said before, when you give somebody a 10 or 12-point lead, regardless if is in the first or fourth quarter, it is still going to contribute to the final score. When you give the other team a 12-point lead, it is hard to come back from no matter if you come back. If you come back, once you make that run, they are a good team. They are still going to make theirs. It is just what we got to do. We got to stop giving up 60 points in the first half, and I think we have done that in all three games on this road trip."
On being a playoff contender:
"It is tough regardless if you are a playoff contender or not losing three games in a row. That’s just as a competitor. When you have aspirations of not only making it into the playoffs but trying to get into that top four seed and trying to get into that home court advantage, losing three in a row is always going to hurt. Tonight we had a chance to tie up with the Grizzlies in the playoff race, and we failed to do that. It is always going to hurt no matter who you are losing three-in-a-row. You can’t let that just kill you and bring you down. It is the NBA. You are going to have a stretches like this, but you can’t have stretches like this for long. You got to bounce out of it."
On the Grizzlies without Rudy Gay:
"I think it is pretty much the same. With the exception of Rudy [Gay], they still have their main core. They have always played three bigs and they are still doing that. It is not a huge difference. Of course when you lose a guy who scored 19 or 20 points a game, it is going to be a little different, but overall, they are still playing through their big men like they have been doing."
THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM?
Friday’s contest will be the third and final matchup between the Warriors and Grizzlies this season. Memphis won the two previous meetings this year, with both victories coming at Oracle Arena. In fact, the Warriors have dropped eight-straight against the Grizzlies, last winning on November 3, 2010. After two disappointing losses to begin their current four-game road trip, the Warriors would love to get back on track against a potential playoff opponent in a reeling Memphis squad, as both teams are separated by only a half-game in the standings.
LAST TIME OUT
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.
DOUBLE TROUBLE MATCHUP
In the Warriors’ David Lee and Memphis’ Zach Randolph, tonight’s matchup offers a glimpse at two of the best power forwards in the league today. Both players are ranked first and second in the NBA in double-doubles with 32 and 29, respectively, and not surprisingly, both players were recently selected as Western Conference All-Star reserves. Randolph has gotten the better of Lee in the two previous head-to-head matchups this season, outscoring Lee 34-30 and outrebounding him 26-17. Lee, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, will look to turn the tables against Randolph and a Memphis team that has had the Warriors number over the past couple years.
THE BOGUT FACTOR
One of the primary reasons for Memphis’ recent dominance over the Warriors has been Golden State’s inability to match up with the Grizzlies large and talented frontcourt duo of Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol. Both good rebounders with excellent offensive skills, they have the ability to dominate the boards and control the paint against smaller teams that can’t match their strength and physicality. While that may have been the case in the two previous games between the teams this season, the return of Andrew Bogut to the Warriors lineup now levels the playing field in that regard. Standing seven feet tall, Bogut has the size and strength to go toe-to-toe with the Grizzlies’ bigs, making this third and final matchup between the two teams perhaps a better indicator of their relative hierarchy within the Western Conference.
MEMPHIS SCOUTING REPORT
This isn’t the same Memphis squad the Warriors have encountered twice this season. After recently completing two trades, most notably one which sent the talented Rudy Gay to Toronto, the Grizzlies roster has undergone a bit of a makeover. Certainly it can be argued that Memphis is now deeper as a result of the trades, but the team has not responded well to the loss of Gay, having lost three of four games since his departure. Don’t be fooled, however. The Grizzlies still possess their dominant frontcourt of Randolph and Gasol, as well as an up-and-coming point guard in Mike Conley who is the engine that makes their whole team go. Bottling Conley up and equaling the production of the Memphis frontcourt will be a key for the Warriors if they hope to defeat the Grizzlies for the first time since November 2010.
GSW: Jarett Jack (right shoulder contusion) is questionable. Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.
MEM: Quincy Pondexter (grade-2 left MCL sprain) is out.
MEM: Quincy Pondexter (grade-2 left MCL sprain) is out.