The Warriors were tormented by turnovers in Thursday’s 104-102 loss to the Spurs at Oracle Arena. The Dubs gave it away 24 times, leading to 31 points for a Spurs team that was playing without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Despite the sloppy play, the Warriors still had a chance to tie it in the game’s final possession, but Stephen Curry’s long-distance shot was off the mark. David Lee led the Warriors in a losing effort with 32 points and 13 rebounds and Stephen Curry had 30 points and 15 assists. The loss spoiled an otherwise celebratory night, as fans packed the house for the 50th straight sellout at Oracle Arena. The Warriors will look to bounce back from the defeat on Saturday when they host the Lakers.
On the most upsetting part of the loss tonight:
“Not taking care of the basketball. We were careless and that gave them life. 24 turnovers and 31 points off of turnovers – tough to win ballgames that way. That’s not what championship caliber teams do.”
On how to fix the turnover issue:
“We have to value the basketball. Every single individual on the floor. Eliminate the careless plays and make sure that you are efficient with basketball. We are not doing that and it’s hurting us bad. You look at that Spurs team with 23 points in transition which had a lot to do with our careless play on the offensive end. When we take care of the basketball we are awfully good.”
On the 24 turnovers by the entire team:
“The problem is they are unforced errors. That is not a team that forces turnovers; we were careless with the basketball. Just disappointing.”
On the Spurs winning without the 'Big Three':
“We respect their basketball team. We know who they are and they have a body of work with their stars and without their stars. Their role players for them had a big night. I think more importantly we got out of character when we established a lead. We started being careless with the basketball. The way we gained the lead was by executing, defending and taking care of the basketball. What happened was we got out of character and gave them life by being reckless with the basketball.”
On Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson:
“They are not playing well right now. Not going to sit here and make excuses for them. I believe in my guys, they have had some great moments for us and they will have great moments for us, but right now they aren’t playing their best basketball.”
On their final shot:
“We had a lot of action going trying to get the ball to Steph (Stephen Curry). Klay (Thompson) was also a live action option out of it. That is a big time defensive team, they played it well and then they jumped Steph (Stephen Curry). Give them credit.”
On their missed three-pointers:
“We just missed shots. This is a make or miss league. We got wide open looks and we just missed them, especially guys that are knockdown shooters – that will happen. Not concerned about that. Concerned about turnovers and that is what hurt us.”
On the game:
“We just got outplayed, outsmarted, outhustled. They showed characteristics of a championship team. They’ve been there. Hopefully we can take that away from this game, see how it is to play like that. They didn’t have their main guys but we knew it would be a dog fight tonight just because those guys are hungry. We’ve got to get out of our old trends and games like this, a good butt-whooping will wake you up.”
On the team's turnovers tonight:
“They did a good job of pressuring us all night defensively and they had a full-court press on us and kind of spread us out and turned us over. They did a good job, you’ve got to give them a lot of credit and we’ve just got to do a better job of taking care of the ball.”
On turnovers and transistion points:
“I’ll have to go watch the film. I don’t know if it’s spacing, if it’s just carless mistakes, but turnovers have been a consistent theme in the games we’ve lost this year. It was something that killed us once again tonight. I thought when we got our defense set we were pretty good, but the number of transition points they had as well as early offense opportunities where we weren’t set because of turnovers really did hurt us.”
On rebounding and interior play:
“It’s frustrating, all the effort that was given in the game that an ‘extra effort play’ was what got us at the end. We controlled the boards so well. We’ve done that the last ten games or so I think. We’ve done a very good job points-in-the-paint-wise, second chance points, and controlling the glass overall. So it’s frustrating that last play got us.”
On the Spurs:
“They’re a team that has won championships, that knows how to win. Regardless of who they have on the floor they have a proven system. Are they a lot better in that system with Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and [Manu] Ginobili; absolutely, but they have a lot of guys that still play big minutes playing for them tonight and it just goes to prove that if you don’t play your best that anybody can beat anybody.”
On the game-deciding play:
“I’m not sure, I have to watch the tape. I had the ball on the offensive rebound and I don’t know if it was a foul or not, I’m not saying it was a foul. I think I fell on his foot, just fell down and the ball bobbled out of my hands. It was either that or a travel or fall out of bounds. I don’t know if it fell into Kawhi’s [Leonard] hands or someone. He shoots it and they get a tip-in. Tough play; that’s what everyone will look at, but we didn’t lose the game with one or two plays, or ten plays in the fourth quarter, we lost the game in the first three quarters.”
CHANCE TO GET ON A ROLL
After a solid all-around victory over the Pelicans on Tuesday, the Warriors will look to make it two home wins in a row when they host the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. This will be the second of four matchups between the two teams this season after the Warriors suffered a 76-74 loss in San Antonio on November 8. Stephen Curry sat out that game due to injury, but he’ll be in uniform on Thursday and the Warriors will certainly need him if they hope to come away with a win. A limited number of tickets are still available for this rematch of the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals, and those attending the game are encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped toy as part of the 2013 Mayor’s Community Toy Drive. GET TICKETS | TOY DRIVE INFO
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors got back to their winning ways Tuesday night, soundly defeating the Pelicans 104-93. Stephen Curry led all players with 28 points and 12 assists, his 11th-straight 20-point game, which is the longest active streak in the NBA. David Lee posted his sixth-straight double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Andrew Bogut added eight points & 10 boards, and Andre Iguodala was a +20 in his first game back from injury. GAME RECAP
THE OLD LEE
Who knows if it was the return of Iguodala to the lineup, but David Lee looked like a different player on Tuesday night than the one we’ve seen for the majority of the season. He was extremely active and made an impact on both ends of the floor, racking up 21 points and 17 rebounds in the process. In one sequence, he scored a lay-in after out-battling two Pelicans for an offensive rebound, then hauled in the defensive rebound on the resulting possession, dribbled it up the floor, and found Harrison Barnes for a momentum-clinching three-pointer. He now has double-doubles in his last six games, and seems to be rounding back into the form that made him an All-Star a season ago. It’s coming not a moment too soon for the Dubs, who need to make up some of the ground they’ve lost in the standings.
DOMINATING THE BOARDS
Although the Warriors have been scuffling a bit recently, the rebounding is not to blame. Tuesday’s win marked the fifth game in a row the Dubs have surpassed 50 total rebounds, tying their longest such streak since stringing five together in 1989. Much of the credit can go to Lee and Andrew Bogut, who’s 10 rebounds on Tuesday marked the sixth-straight game he’s reached double-digit rebounds. Now that Iguodala has returned from injury and the team is closer to full strength, they’ll likely be better able to take advantage of their superiority on the glass, and hopefully translate that into some wins.
SAN ANTONIO SCOUTING REPORT
In a league that sees numerous teams make unpredictable jumps and digressions every year, the Spurs have been a model of consistency for the greater part of two decades. Every season they’re written off for being too old, but sure enough, you take a peek at the standings and they’re always at or near the top. Much of their prolonged success is due to the pairing of two future Hall-of-Famers in Tim Duncan and Head Coach Gregg Popovich, who can both make arguments for being the best in their respective capacities in the history of the league. Normally the Spurs also have dynamic point guard Tony Parker to help carry the load, but he’s been ruled out of this game due to a right shin injury. The Warriors were without their star point guard in San Antonio in a close loss to the Spurs earlier this season, and they'll certainly be looking to return the favor in the nationally televised game.
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.
SA: Tony Parker (right shin contusion), Tim Duncan (rest) and Manu Ginobili are out.
SA: Tony Parker (right shin contusion), Tim Duncan (rest) and Manu Ginobili are out.