The Warriors had their way with the Clippers in Thursday’s 111-92 victory on at Oracle Arena. Andrew Bogut controlled the interior with 14 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks and David Lee also had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, as the Warriors outscored the Clippers 66-22 in the paint. Stephen Curry added 22 points and seven assists on 8-of-10 shooting, while Klay Thompson added 16 points of his own. The Dubs also got a boost from their bench, as Marreese Speights chipped in 12 points and Harrison Barnes had 10 points along with the dunk of the night. The win pushes the Warriors record to 28-19. They’ll be right back at it on Friday when they take on the Jazz in Utah.
On Bogut guarding Griffin:
“We’ve done that before. He’s done a good job because Blake Griffin is a heck of basketball player. He can score against bigger, smaller – doesn’t matter. He’s playing at an extremely high level. I thought Bogs (Andrew Bogut) did a great job of making him work and forcing him to beat us on our terms.”
On Lee guarding Griffin in stretches:
“Well (Andrew) Bogut had five fouls. I wasn’t going to hand deliver them Bogs (Andrew Bogut) with five fouls. If David Lee picked up five fouls I would’ve put Andrew Bogut back on him. It was the right thing to do. (Andrew) Bogut did a good job defending him and then when David (Lee) was guarding him he battled and did an outstanding job. Overall our defense was crisp, effective and on point. Our rotations and with keeping them off balance - it was all pretty impressive.”
On what he learned from Harrison Barnes tonight:
“Nothing I don’t already know. He’s a very good basketball player and the future is very bright for him. I know he’s going to figure it out. I believe in him and I trust him. He works too hard to not be successful. The thing I liked about it him tonight was that he rebounded the basketball, eight rebounds. That’s how you get involved. He was engaged, aggressive and gave us the punch off the bench that we needed.”
On if game's like this remind the team of the importance of defense:
“We know it. It’s useful to sustain it over the course of the year. We’ve had some special nights, so it’s not like we are trying to reach for something we are not capable of doing. We are well aware of it. What I liked about tonight was that we set the tone early and battled. That’s a pretty good basketball team with a lot of weapons. That was a quality win for us. The challenge is now let’s go to Utah and that’s not an easy one because they are playing a lot better.”
On asking Andre Iguodala to be more aggresive:
“He’s got the green light just like everybody else. It’s funny that people early on talked about LeBron (James).turning down shots. He’s the greatest small forward to ever play the game. He’s a mixture of Michael (Jordan) and Magic (Johnson). He’s a playmaker. To tell Andre (Iguodala) to be more aggressive is trying to tell him to do something that he’s not. He’s a playmaker and I want him to pick and choose when to look to score and when to make plays. I trust that he knows his body and he’ll do a great job of reading situations. Tonight he was very aggressive offensively and when he does that he’s another weapon on the floor and makes us even tougher to guard.”
On Bogut's 20-foot jumper:
“Well he had no choice. It was the right play to make. I’m happy for him and for us. He played at an extremely high level tonight and it was great to see. He controls the paint, rebounds, defends, blocks and alters shots. He did a great job tonight.”
On stifling Clippers runs early on:
“That’s a good team and in this league you make runs. I like the fact that we made sure when they made a run, make or miss, we took quality shots and didn’t turn the ball over to make sure we didn’t give them an open three or a dunk. We made them work. We executed offensively, defensively and we really battled. We were locked in.”
On if he has the leaders to make sure the team maintains this level of play:
“I have a locker room full of those guys. They are well aware when we don’t get it done. You have to have great leaders and hold them accountable and they’ll hold each other accountable. I wasn’t concerned about tonight because we knew they were a heck of a basketball team and a challenge. As a team we were upset. The Wizards almost beat the Clippers last night, but it was still a disappointing loss for us. This is how you bounce back.”
On sense of urgency at start of the game and defense:
“It was a great win for us at home. I wasn’t going to question our energy or drive coming into this, because it was a very big game. The ones that are a question was Washington and at Utah tomorrow, so this was a huge game, but this win doesn’t mean anything if everyone doesn’t put in a good effort, so we’re happy with this win.”
On the level of team success in the paint:
“Yes, it is. Blake shot the ball well tonight, but it worked in our favor because it took him outside a little bit, so he didn’t get to the line as often and put them in the bonus. Everyone that played tonight contributed in a positive way, both defensively and offensively. When our defense is switched on like it was tonight, we have a chance to be a very good team. The question is if we can do it on a consistent basis.”
On if we'll see more 23 foot jump shots:
“Probably not. I shoot them every now and then, and I used to shoot them in college as a junior. The broken arm hasn’t helped my shooting touch, but I’ll take them every now and then. There’s a lot less pressure with the shot clock winding down, you can get a free one up.”
On how the team can turn the corner:
“It hasn’t been a happy place around here the last couple days. A lot of guys are edgy right now, not in great moods because we haven’t been playing good basketball, and that’s good in my opinion. We had a pretty rough shootaround this morning. Guys got after each other, and coaches were getting after us. We responded well as a team, and we have to build on this tomorrow and get good rest on the weekend and keep pushing towards the break.”
ROUND 3 OF 4
Head Coach Mark Jackson won’t call it a rivalry yet, but the Warriors and Clippers have developed a testy relationship over the last few seasons, and Thursday’s matchup carries even greater significance considering the Dubs are trying to chase down Los Angeles in the Pacific Division standings. This will be the third of four matchups between the two teams this season, and each squad has protected their home floor. The Warriors have won each of their last four home games against the Clippers and will be looking to keep that streak alive in this nationally televised division showdown. GET TICKETS
SERGIO ROMO TWITTER TAKEOVER - THAT'S WHAT'S UP
Since the Warriors will be trying to #BeatLA, the team is bringing in a guy who knows or thing or two about how to do that. San Francisco Giants All-Star Sergio Romo will take over the Warriors’ official Twitter account during the second quarter on Friday, offering his unique perspective of the game as it unfolds while also interacting with fans who tweet or reply to @warriors on Twitter.
LAST TIME OUT
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. GAME RECAP
BOGUT'S BIG IMPACT
Say what you will about the Warriors up-and-down play as of late, but one thing you can’t gripe about is the consistency of Andrew Bogut, particularly on the defensive end. In Tuesday’s loss, Bogut notched his 27th double-digit rebound game of the season, and his three blocks continued an impressive and season-long streak of five-straight multi-block games. One of the biggest question marks surrounding the Warriors when they entered the season was the health of their defensive stopper and rim protector, but the Dubs are now more than halfway through the season and Bogut has only missed one game, which wasn’t even due to injury. It’s beyond argument that the Warriors are a much better team when they have the big man in the fold, but that doesn’t truly do justice to his influence on the team’s defensive performance or mentality when he’s on the court. For an in-depth look at the analytics behind Bogut’s defensive impact, click here.
One of the Warriors’ largest criticisms this season has been the team’s lack of production from the bench. While there have been some individual solid performances from the reserves, the bench unit as a whole has tended to let large leads begin to dwindle. Tuesday night, however, was a different story. The second quarter saw reserves Jordan Crawford, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Marreese Speights turn a Warriors deficit into a lead, one that uncharacteristically wasn’t maintained when the starters re-entered the game. On a night that saw the team shoot 38 percent, the Warriors’ reserves were 11-for-20 (55 percent) from the field and out-scored Washington’s backups 29-20. If the Dubs can continue to get that kind of energy and production from the second unit, they should be able to pull out more wins in the second half of the season.
LOS ANGELES SCOUTING REPORT
Although the Clippers are currently playing without the services of their best player – Chris Paul has been out four weeks with a separated right shoulder – the team hasn’t missed a beat. Entering Wednesday’s game against Washington, Los Angeles has won 10 of its 13 games without Paul. The Clippers are getting outstanding play from Blake Griffin, who has certainly validated his All-Star selection with 25 points in five of the team’s last six games, and Jamal Crawford has scored at least 19 points in each contest of the team’s last eight games. The Clippers, owners of the fourth best record in the Western Conference, are ranked fourth in offensive efficiency and also top-10 in defensive efficiency. The team has been especially hot from 3-point range lately, shooting 45-of-86 (52.3 percent) from distance over the last four games. The Warriors have plenty of firepower of their own and there has been no been shortage of dramatics between these two teams, so Thursday’s matchup figures to be an exciting one at the very least.
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.
LAC: Chris Paul (grade 3 AC joint separation right shoulder) is out.
LAC: Chris Paul (grade 3 AC joint separation right shoulder) is out.