The Warriors struggled mightily in Tuesday’s 91-75 loss to the visiting Bobcats. Playing for the first time in four days, the Dubs showed tremendous signs of rust, shooting just 31.2 percent from the field and 4-for-20 on 3-pointers. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 17 points and 11 assists, but Klay Thompson was the only other Golden State player to score in double digits. The loss drops the Warriors to 29-20 on the season, and they’ll look to bounce back on Thursday when they host the Bulls.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“We have to find a way to get out of this. Right now we are taking the life out of the building and we are letting our offense affect our play. This is a make or miss league. Just disappointing. Just another game where – give them credit they came in and played well. It’s a game we should win.”
On the team's shot selection:
“We missed shots. We are missing shots. I would like to see us be more aggressive at times putting the ball on the floor and make plays because that is who we are as basketball team. At the end of the day we defended at a high enough level to win this game.”
On how their offense is affecting their defense:
“We are thinking a little bit too much. With a young basketball team at times missed shots effects everything else. We are just not playing at a high level when we miss shots. We are too good of a basketball team and have come too far along in the process to allow misses affect us. That’s the disappointing part. We have to get it back and we will.”
On losing the points in the paint battle:
“Al Jefferson can score on anybody. He’s a big part of their points in the paint. Give them credit, plus we turned the basketball over. You look at our assist to turnover ratio and it’s not good at all. That’s when we are not a good team when that happens.”
On the return of Jermaine O'Neal:
“It’s good to have him back. He gives us a post presence and he gets to the foul line. He plays with force and it’s a welcome sight to have him back. I thought he played well and was effective.”
Comparing tonight's loss to the loss to the Wizards:
“Those are the teams that have turned the corner and played well. We have not played well. Washington outplayed us and Charlotte outplayed us. They are more than capable of doing that. We are not good enough to think because we are at home that things will work out. We have to play at a certain level and we did not tonight. That’s the disappointing part.”
Jermaine O'Neal
On his first game back returning from injury:
“It’s always good to get back out there, especially after being off for eight weeks and putting in all the things and effort that I put into get back, so it felt good. Obviously the fan base that we have is fantastic; they know how to make a player feel very welcome. It just felt good to be back out there. Unfortunately we ended up playing one of our worst games of the year.”
On being realistic about championship aspirations:
“This league is about winning. One of the most overused words sometimes is competing for a championship. If our effort is going to be every other night on the defensive end then we shouldn’t use that word. I don’t know if we understand just how difficult it is to win. Talking about winning a championship is very, very difficult. A lot of things have to happen right and I don’t think we’ve grasped the concept of that quite yet. Hopefully when we study some of our games we can do that. At the end of the day, wherever we fall, we’ve earned that; wherever it is.”
Andre Iguodala
On if there is a right time to go into 'panic mode':
“It never is the right time, never. Chaos and insanity happens when you’re in panic mode. You learn when you’re composed and have poise going into the moments where things aren’t going your way and something bad might happen. You learn from it, come back, regroup, and you might fail again but you keep at it and eventually it’s going to work for the team.”
On losing the season series to Charlotte:
“They just played really hard. You’ve got to realize that anybody can win in this league. You’ll get bit a few times if you continue to fall asleep on them. So this has to be a lesson learned for any of those other teams coming in here with a lesser record. We’ve got to keep that in mind as well going into these games.”
David Lee
On the team's shooting struggles:
“It doesn’t feel contagious as much as it just feels like it kind of mounts on you. Guys miss shots and it just continues, and you hear it kind of taking the energy out of the crowd. Then you have a guy on their team like a [Gerald] Henderson or a [Al] Jefferson get hot, it makes it worse and you start pressing. Like you said, nobody could really find it and I think some nights it’s because we settle for tough three-pointers but we had 15 shots in the paint tonight that didn’t go in that are normally easy for us. It wasn’t our night offensively.”
On the team's struggles at home:
“I don’t feel like we’re pressing but we definitely have not played the way we are capable of at home. We talked about it at the start of the year, the mark of a really good team is they take care of home court and then you go out and steal some on the road. We’ve stolen our fair share of games on the road but had not played at home—games like tonight, against Washington. Teams like that, we can’t lose those at home. Just like Orlando got us twice last year, Charlotte did that to us this year and it’s very, very disappointing.”
The Warriors are back at home to face the Bobcats after a short road trip to Utah. This will be the second and final matchup this season between Golden State and Charlotte, and the Dubs will be looking to avenge a 115-111 loss in Charlotte back in December. Stephen Curry scored what had been a season-high 43 points in that matchup, and the Warriors will look for him to have another big game from their All-Star, albeit this time in a victory. Throughout the night the team will host a Chinse New Year celebration, which includes special pregame and halftime performances, Chinese cuisine throughout the Oracle Arena concourse, Chinse New Year themed shooting shirts for the players, and much more. GET TICKETS
Stephen Curry lifted the Warriors to a 95-90 win over the Jazz in Utah on Friday night. Curry scored 30 of his season-high 44 points in the second half, shooting 8-of-13 from three-point range. Andrew Bogut flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 assists - his first such game since 2006. The Warriors held the Jazz to 33.3% shooting while forcing 18 turnovers. The win pushes the Warriors record to 29-19, with the team looking to reach 30 wins when they host the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday evening. GAME RECAP
Tuesday’s game will open a home-heavy stretch for the Warriors in which four of the team’s five games leading up to the All-Star Break will be played at Oracle Arena. The Dubs are 14-8 on their home floor, and the team has a bump in several statistics, including points (105.0 ppg), rebounding (46.5 rpg), assists (24.9 apg), and steals (7.91 spg) when playing in the Bay. The Dubs picked up some notable wins in their last homestand (Clippers, Trail Blazers), but also had some disappointing losses (Wizards, Timberwolves) in that stretch. With two of their next four opponents under .500 and another slightly above it, the Dubs have a chance to head into the break with some momentum, but first they must take care of business at home against Charlotte.
Maybe it’s because he’s a Charlotte native, or the fact that his dad, former Charlotte Hornet Dell Curry, is the Bobcats broadcaster, but Stephen Curry always puts up big numbers against his hometown team. On December 9, Curry scored what was then a season-high 43 points to go with six rebounds and nine assists. In fact, Curry holds a career average of 27.9 points against Charlotte, his highest output against any single opponent, shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 53.4 percent from three-point land. Curry’s coming off a season-high 44 points (including 8 three-pointers) in the team’s Friday night win over Utah, so don’t be surprised if the All-Star lights up Oracle on Tuesday.
Currently in the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Bobcats have a chance to enter into unchartered waters for the franchise and become a playoff team. The return of Kemba Walker will certainly help in getting there, as he has missed the last seven games with an ankle injury. Walker, however, could return to action for Tuesday’s game, and the Bobcats will certainly welcome his 18.7 points per game and team-leading 5.0 assists. Regardless of Walker’s availability, the Warriors will have to deal with savvy post player Al Jefferson. The veteran center leads the team in points (19.6 ppg) and rebounds (10.6 rpg), and guards Gerald Henderson (15.1 ppg) and Ramon Sessions (10.7 ppg) have been another source of production for the Cats. Charlotte is looking for their second straight win over the Warriors this season, while Golden State will be looking to duplicate the effort they put forth in their last home game, a 111-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Injury Report
GSW: David Lee (left shoulder sprain, left hip strain) and Jermaine O’Neal (recovery from right wrist surgery) are questionable. Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain) are out. Ognjen Kuzmic is on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League

CHA: Kemba Walker (left ankle sprain) is questionable. Brendan Haywood (stress fecture, left foot) and Jeffery Taylor (ruptured right achilles tendon) are out.