The Warriors had a hard time putting the ball in the bucket in Tuesday’s 88-85 loss to the Wizards at Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry had 23 points and Klay Thompson added 13 points, but the team shot just 37.5 percent from the field on a night that saw them issue 19 turnovers that led to 21 points for Washington. Despite the sloppy play, the Warriors still had a chance to tie it at the end, but Curry was unable to get a good look and his left-handed 3-point attempt was off the mark as time expired. The Warriors will be back in action on Thursday when they host the Clippers.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“We have to be better. The very good teams or the great teams in this league they take care of their business. Right now we are a team that if a championship caliber team comes in here or an elite team comes in here we play at that level. If a bad team or average team comes in we play at that level. We are not good enough to allow who comes in here to determine how hard we play.. We turned the basketball over, gave up second chance opportunities, poor execution, short shot clock, gave up high percentage looks and didn’t get the 50/50 basketballs. Just a bad night and a disappointing loss of us.“
On the poor shooting and the turnovers:
“This is a make or miss league. I’m not into guys missed shots. We missed shots and we still should have won the ballgame. Not taking care of the basketball again, not closing out possessions – didn’t play at a championship level intensity and that’s the disappointing part. The championship teams it doesn’t matter who is on the other side. We played at their level to be quite honest.”
On how the bench played:
“Those guys gave us great minutes. I thought the bench guys did a very good job of battling and competing. We were up 49-39 and they went on a 20-2 run.”
On if he thinks David Lee's shoulder bothered him:
“He’s out on the floor so there is no excuse. If we are going to give him props playing well against LaMarcus Aldridge then he didn’t play well tonight. I’ve played in this league and it’s a no excuse basketball team. If you are on the floor then we will grade your play.”
On their defense against the Wizards:
“This is not the same John Wall that came into the league; he’s worked on his game and should be an All-Star. Four seconds to go on the shot clock, we are off bodies, and Bradley Beal hits a jumper. Not just the guy defending him, we are all off bodies and nobody was locked in. That’s not our type of defense. “
On how they can find consistent game intensity against every team:
“The good teams do it and the great players do it. The locked in teams that are truly committed do it. Right now we are not doing it. Let’s stop reading the press clippings and find a way to go out there and get it done. The team that we are facing in the Wizards they are not playing in front of 20,000 people. When teams come into this building they are playing in front of 20,000 people going crazy, they are being supportive with the bright lights and they are ready to play. When you give teams life you will have to deal with them. Too many times we find ourselves forced to win ballgames when we should have won them 20 minutes earlier.”
Stephen Curry
On being more consistent at home:
“It just challenges us to find a way to be more consistent. We’ve shown that we can handle our business against teams like Portland and then have lost some bad games. We made a point to make it known that just because we’re at home we’re not just going to win games automatically. Obviously we didn’t learn that lesson quick enough.”
On the final play:
“On the last possession they tried to force us out, they didn’t foul, and they just relied on good defense and put some length after the switch on me. I just couldn’t find a good angle and had to throw something up.”
Andrew Bogut
On the game:
“I still think our effort wasn’t great. They got a lot of o-boards, a key two towards the end of the game. We weren’t making shots. We did defend pretty well but we turned the ball over and couldn’t make any shots, so it caused a loss for us.”
On being too comfortable:
“I think we’re just too comfortable coming into games. I think we’re just coming in and thinking that the crowd is going to win us the game. We come out with inconsistent effort from game to game to start games, the stars included, everybody. Then we just have lulls for four or five minutes where we just disappear mentally, especially defensively and it seems like we want to just shoot our way back into ballgames and when shots aren’t falling you can’t do that.”
Andre Iguodala
On lack of intensity:
“You see it in stretches. You’ve got to be more consistent with it. Like I said before, we’re kind of spoiled with our fans in the way they come out and they’re into it every night. We try to just use their intensity but we’ve got to draw from ourselves. Teams are coming in here and they’re not sleeping on us anymore; they’re looking to come in here and put up a good effort and perform, so we’ve got to be aware of that.”
On learning from mistakes:
“We’ve just got to continue to learn from one another, learn from our mistakes, continue to try to execute down the stretch, keep low turnover games. We got outrebounded, which doesn’t happen much, tonight. So we’ve just got to clean up a few things that we’ve been lacking lately.”
Coming off of a big win over the Trail Blazers on Sunday, the Warriors will look to make it two in a row when they continue their season-long five-game homestand on Tuesday against the Washington Wizards. This will be the second and final meeting of the season between the two teams, as the Warriors won in the nation’s capital earlier this month during the club’s 10-game winning streak. The Tuesday night showdown falls on Asian Heritage Night, presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort, and all fans who purchase a special event ticket will receive a Warriors Asian Heritage T-Shirt. GET TICKETS | ASIAN HERITAGE NIGHT INFO
The Warriors got back to their winning ways on Sunday with an impressive 103-88 victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers. Stephen Curry was fantastic yet again, scoring 38 points to go with eight assists and seven rebounds. David Lee (17 points, 12 rebounds) and Andre Iguodala (12 points, 10 rebounds) both posted double doubles, while Klay Thompson added 17 points of his own. The win pushes the Warriors record to 27-18. GAME RECAP
One factor to keep an eye on in Tuesday’s matchup is who wins the scoring battle between the team’s guards. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson make up the NBA’s highest scoring backcourt duo (combined 43.1 ppg), while Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal are fourth in that category (36.9 ppg). Of those four players, only Thompson had a good game putting the rock in the basket in the teams’ matchup earlier this month, as he had 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 6-for-9 on 3-pointers. The Warriors are 7-2 when Thompson makes at least five 3-pointers, so they will certainly welcome another strong performance from their starting two-guard.
Since being announced as a 2014 NBA All-Star starter, Stephen Curry has put up consecutive 30-point efforts. Over the longer haul, Curry has failed to score 20 points just once over the last seven games, averaging 29.0 points, 8.9 assists and 4.9 rebounds over that stretch. This season has seen Curry develop more into an all-around player, and his versatility at the guard spot certainly bodes well since opposing defenses often try to run him off the 3-point line. Even with teams trying to limit his 3-point shooting, Curry still leads the league in 3-pointers made per game and 3-point attempts per game.
The Wizards come into Oracle Arena as the only team in the NBA with six players who average at least 11 points per game. John Wall leads the team with career-highs of 20.0 points and 8.5 assists per game, but the Wizards can hurt you offensively from any position on the floor. After a slow start to the season, Washington has bounced back but so far has been unable to get over the hump. They are 0-6 this season when they have a chance to improve their record above .500, and have alternated wins and losses over their last six games. On the road, however, the Wizards have won eight of their last 11 games, so the Warriors will have to do more than to simply show up if they want to extend their winning streak over Washington to seven games.
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Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain) and Jermaine O’Neal (recovery from right wrist surgery) are out. Ognjen Kuzmic is on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League

WAS: Al Harrington (right knee surgery) is out.