The Warriors lost a heartbreaker in overtime Wednesday night, falling to the visiting Grizzlies 88-81. Playing without Stephen Curry, who missed the game recovering from a concussion, the Warriors were led by Klay Thompson, who had 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting. Andrew Bogut posted his second double-double in the last three games with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Harrison Barnes provided 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The loss was the first on the Dubs home floor this season, and drops the Warriors record to 8-4. They’ll look to get back on a roll on Friday when they take on the Lakers in Los Angeles.
On the pace of tonight's game:
“We wanted to push the pace. I thought that’s when the game changed when we started to walk it up the floor. Obviously they scored a little bit more, slowed it down by posting up their bigs. There’s no secret we are at our best when we are pushing the basketball.”
On how the team performed without Stephen Curry:
“Obviously he’s a big time player and not having him hurts us. Next guy stands up and we are a no excuse basketball team and I thought my guys gave a great effort. They defended, battled and we fell short. Even without Steph (Stephen Curry) we feel we are more than capable of leaving here with a victory. Disappointed right now.”
On if the starters were affected by the extended minutes:
“No, I just think in situations when the game gets tight, the natural instinct is to slow it down and get a good one. Those are the situations where you have to push it even more.”
On not using a timeout for the final play in regulation:
“We had talked about it previously; he (Andre Iguodala) did a good job of getting to his spot so he had options. I’m fine with the action that took place.”
“I thought we were able to get a stop and get a quality look. What I wanted to do was make sure we got that last shot. The stats say that if we take the last one there is no way for us to lose. So we forced overtime.”
On the Memphis Grizzlies:
“They outplayed us tonight. It makes no sense going back how many times they have beaten us, they beat us tonight. We battled, defended executed and fell short. This is a very good basketball team that is very smart also so give them credit.”
On the offense without Stephen Curry:
“Not so much push the pace, we just have a better rhythm offensively. We’re capable of getting easier shots, just because we’ve played with that lineup so many more games. Guys are in different spots when Steph’s not in there, or when any key guy from the starting lineup is out. It changes the spacing, it changes where guys are on the floor, where guys catch the ball, and we discussed that after our loss at San Antonio without Steph. Tonight I thought was similar, and also give them credit, they are a very good defensive team and protect the paint well.”
On the starters playing a lot of minutes:
“Yeah but that’s no type of excuse because their starters played a lot of minutes too. It’s early season, something you’ve got to just fight through, and next time we have to play that many minutes we’ll be even more ready for that.”
On the final play of regulation:
“Yeah, we didn’t want to take a timeout and tried to get a good look. I feel like I had an advantage. [Marc] Gasol did a good job of helping over on the shot. They played really good defense on that play.”
“It was a well-rounded defensive game. We made them take tough shots and they made us take tough shots. It came down to a battle of wills. Both teams were going back and forth to their second and third options to see what they could get. It was a good basketball game and they came away with it at the end.”
On his shooting performance:
“I felt really good. A few were short but a few were just right there. Playing from a different position, I’m getting looks that I didn’t know were there but were there. I’ve just got to go into it and take the shots, not second guess.”
BACK ON WARRIORS GROUND
The Warriors come home from their one-game road trip for a Western Conference showdown that just might offer a potential playoff preview. The Warriors’ Wednesday night matchup with the Grizzlies falls on Stephen Curry Bobblehead Night, presented by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative 3-Point Record Bobblehead of the Warriors guard. A limited number of tickets are still available for this contest, and fans now browse verified resale tickets posted by ticket holders on the same seat map. GET TICKETS
Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been diagnosed with a mild concussion and will sit out Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies. FIND OUT MORE
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors rallied to their fourth straight win with a 98-87 victory on Monday night in Utah. After a slow start to the game, the Warriors dominated the second quarter and held on to their second win over the Jazz in three days. Stephen Curry led the team with 22 points and eight assists and Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson each had 17 points. Golden State won the battle of the boards 57-40 and held Utah to 39.5 percent shooting from the field, thanks in large part to Andrew Bogut, who had eight points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, and David Lee (14 points, 14 rebounds). GAME RECAP
WHEN STREAKS COLLIDE
Both the Warriors and Grizzlies enter Wednesday’s matchup on winning notes. The Warriors are winners of four straight and the Grizzlies have reeled off three-straight victories. Obviously, something will have to give on Wednesday. Golden State will be looking to build on its best start to a season since the 1991-92 squad won nine of their first 12 games, while Memphis will look to do something that no visiting team has done this season: win at Oracle Arena. This will be a good test for both clubs, and the Warriors will certainly look to feed off the home crowd as they face a Memphis squad that has had their number over the last few seasons.
BARNES ADJUSTING QUITE WELL
With the Warriors starting five ranking second among all NBA five-man units in +/- (a stat measuring the point differential during the specified players’ time on the court together) this season (+62), the issue of whether or not to bring Harrison Barnes off the bench is hardly one at all. Instead, Barnes has thrived in his role as a reserve. He provides a go-to option on offense and can take the pressure off of other reserves from being relied upon to score. The second-year swingman had a season-high 17 points on Monday and he’s averaged 14.6 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 52.9 percent over the last three games. If the Warriors can get continued production like that from their sixth man, they should be able to put together plenty of 8-3 stretches throughout the season.
MEMPHIS SCOUTING REPORT
One thorn in the Warriors side in recent years has been the Memphis Grizzlies, who have won each of their last 10 games against Golden State. Memphis handed the Warriors their worst loss of the season earlier this month, and they are showing signs of recovering from their slow start to the season with wins in each of the first three games of their current four-game West Coast road trip. To make sure that streak ends, the Warriors will need to find a way to contain the men in the middle. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph have proven problematic in the past for the Warriors and the frontcourt duo combined for 49 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists in their win over the Clippers on Monday. If David Lee and Andrew Bogut can come close to matching their production, the Warriors should have a good chance of extending their winning streak to five games.
GSW:Jermaine O’Neal (bruised right knee/right groin strain) is day-to-day. Stephen Curry (mild concussion), Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia) and Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) are out.