Stephen Curry tried to shoot the Warriors back into the game but a 19-point second-half deficit proved too much to overcome in Thursday’s 126-115 road loss to the Clippers. Curry knocked down four of his nine treys in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough on a night that saw the Warriors issue 24 turnovers. Clippers guard Chris Paul forced several of those turnovers, as he tallied six steals to go along with his jaw-dropping 42 points and 15 assists. Curry finished with 38 points and nine assists and David Lee had 22 points and six rebounds in Golden State’s first loss of the season. Andre Iguodala logged his first double-double (14 points, 11 assists) with his new team and Andrew Bogut added 17 points for the Warriors, who will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday when they host the Kings.
On tonight's game:
“We had some break downs, too many turn overs. My guys-- we fought, they battled, and we lost to a good basketball team tonight.”
On the team's defense:
“I thought at times we were very good and there were times were we can't turn the basketball over that much, they made us paid the price. We knew coming in what we had to do.”
On tonight's game:
“There were some bright spots but when you‟re on the road playing against a team like that it thrives off turnovers and easy baskets; you can‟t give them a game like that. It‟s disappointing for me to let my shooting performance be over shadowed by eleven turnovers but it‟s not going to keep me down.”
On Chris Paul:
“He has shown that there are certain situations where he can turn it on. Obviously he‟s a great player and you can't really take anything away from him but when you let him get to the free-throw line that many times, it's tough.”
On tonight's game:
“We know how they play; I think we did a decent job in the half court. The way they hurt teams is by capitalizing off turnovers and getting out in the fast break. They had way too many fast breaks points.”
On the Clippers' offense:
“A huge part of it was their ability to get out on the break. They had one time were they had three or four lobs on the break and if that two minute span doesn't happened, we're right there at the end of the game as poorly as we played.”
HITTING THE ROAD
Fresh off their Opening Night victory at Oracle Arena, the Warriors head right out on the road to face another division rival. The Warriors take on the Clippers on the back end of a back-to-back on Thursday in Los Angeles. Golden State finished last season 19-22 on the road, which tied them for the fourth-best road record in the Western Conference. They’ll look to improve upon that mark this season, starting with a Clippers team that will be playing its home opener. The Warriors beat the Clippers three out of four times last season, and will be going for their second win over an L.A. team in as many days. Both teams are expected to vie for the division title, and this contest should be an entertaining preview of the battles that lie ahead.
LAST TIME OUT
Klay Thompson made sure the Warriors started the season on the right foot, carrying the load in Wednesday’s 125-94 win on Opening Night at Oracle Arena. Thompson had the hot hand all night, sinking his first four 3-point attempts and finishing with a career-high 38 points on 15-for-19 shooting (5-for-7 on 3-pointers. Thompson’s shooting exploits overshadowed an otherwise brilliant night from David Lee, who tallied 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Taking advantage of a Lakers team that beat the Clippers on Tuesday, Golden State controlled the pace all night. Never trailing in the game, the Warriors shot 53.5 percent from the field and assisted 34 of 46 made baskets while holding Los Angeles to 39.3 percent shooting from the field. GAME RECAP
PREMIER POINT GUARDS
Make sure to tune in to this contest because we’re all in for a treat. Stephen Curry and Chris Paul, two of the premier point guards in the game, will be going head-to-head, and it’ll be fun to watch the two battle it out for early bragging rights. Curry, fresh off the best shooting season in NBA history, will need to keep Paul honest with consistent perimeter shooting, which ought to be a challenge considering Paul’s defensive prowess. On the other end of the floor, Curry must focus on limiting Paul’s interior penetration, as that is where he does most of his damage. It’s going to be a great matchup, and the best part is, this is only the first of four such occasions this season.
KLAY'S BIG DAY
The lights were shining bright in the season opener, but that didn’t stop Klay Thompson from stealing the show. He got off to a blazing start, ending the first half with 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting, and carried that momentum throughout the game, finishing with a career-high total of 38 points, including five three-pointers. With opposing defenses focused on clamping down on Stephen Curry, Thompson should have plenty of opportunities throughout the season for performances such as this.
CLIPPERS SCOUTING REPORT
Few teams have entered the season with as high of expectations as the Warriors, but the Clippers are definitely one of them. After adding the likes of J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley to a roster that already boasted perennial All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Clippers have the look of a contender. But perhaps their most important offseason move was the hiring of Head Coach Doc Rivers, who brings a championship pedigree with him from Boston. Paul is arguably the best floor general in the league, and the Warriors will need to focus on stopping the Clips’ high-flying attack if they hope to come out with a victory.
GSW: Harrison Barnes (left foot inflammation) and Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) are out.