The Warriors didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with the Suns in Saturday’s 122-109 loss in Phoenix. Stephen Curry had 28 points and nine assists and Harrison Barnes had a big game off the bench with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting, but a 11-2 Phoenix run in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the game. The Warriors, who were playing without Andrew Bogut and David Lee for the second straight game, shot better than 50 percent for the majority of the game but they had a tough time containing Goran Dragic, who had 34 points and was 6-for-7 on 3-pointers. Phoenix shot 53.8 percent from the field, out-rebounded the Warriors 45-34 and out-scored the Dubs 27-19 in the fourth quarter. The Warriors will look to get back on the winning track when they host the 76ers on Monday night at Oracle Arena.
Mark Jackson
On playing without David Lee or Andrew Bogut:
“We’re a no excuse team. Obviously missing those guys, but we still have more than enough to win ball games. Give them credit, they played extremely well. They’re a very good offensive team, they spread you out and they make plays – it’s especially tough when they have it going. Dragic got it going and it’s a good win for them, tough loss for us… now we head back.”
On Goran Dragic:
“It’s the same old story in this league, you take better offense over great defense any day of the week. He got it going and he’s a guy that, I talked about before the game, he’s got a case to be made that he should be in the All-Star Game – the way he’s playing. He’s making great decisions out there, whether it be scoring for himself or making plays and he made it tough on our defense.”
Stephen Curry
On Goran Dragic:
“Yeah, it wasn’t like we played bad defense on any of those shots. He was shooting like thirty-something from the three-point line and he made six of seven and I’d say all but two were contested, so it’s tough. They were dagger shots, a big-time player made big-time shots so we’ll tip our cap to him. He made some big shots but we have to move on.”
On trying to compensate for the absence of David Lee and Andrew Bogut:
“You have to get aggressive, the personnel is going to be different so we have to try and find different angles and get guys involved. Have the same aggressiveness, but with D-Lee’s numbers you know that you’re going to have to replace some points so you’re mindful of that but when it comes down to the plays we run we just have to continue to make the right play. D-Lee will be able to bail you out of some possessions so we have to make sure that the ball is moving the right way and keep our turnovers down like we did tonight and give ourselves a chance to win.”
Harrison Barnes
On missing two key players:
“We have to get it done. When we go into the postseason there’s injuries that happen and we can’t say ‘oh we don’t have this person, we don’t have that person’ - we just have to find a way to get it done and we didn’t do it tonight.”
On not being able to make that one final run:
“I thought we had some opportunities, but you obviously have to credit to them. They pushed the ball and that’s how they play – they get up and down, they shoot three’s, they get to the basket and they were able to execute.”
Saturday’s matchup will be the third of four meetings between the Warriors and Suns this season. The two teams have split the previous two encounters thus far, with each side winning on their own home court. The teams are separated by only one win in the standings, so this divisional encounter carries added importance. After the one-game trip to Phoenix, Golden State will return home for a stretch in which they’ll play four of five games at Oracle Arena.
Playing without their starting frontcourt of Andrew Bogut and David Lee, the Warriors gutted out an impressive team victory on Thursday night, defeating the visiting Chicago Bulls 102-87. Stephen Curry led the way once again, notching his 14th 30-point game of the season with 34 points and nine assists. Klay Thompson found his shooting groove, tallying 22 points, including three three-pointers, while Draymond Green added nine points and seven rebounds in his first start of the season. The bench was led by Jordan Crawford and Harrison Barnes, who chipped in 11 points each. The win pushes the Dubs record to 30-20, and gives Mark Jackson his 100th career coaching victory. GAME RECAP
We’ve known for quite some time now that Stephen Curry would be headed to New Orleans to participate in the 2014 All-Star game as a starter for the Western Conference. What we didn’t know, however, is that he would be joined at the annual festivities by one of his very own teammates in Harrison Barnes. Barnes was recently selected to compete in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge as a member of Team Hill, where he’ll compete against some of the top young talent in the league today. Additionally, Barnes has been chosen to participate in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, where he’ll have a chance to be the first Warriors player to win the event since Jason Richardson did so in back-to-back years in 2002-03. And if that wasn’t enough, Curry will take part in two additional events, the Sears Shooting Stars competition, as well as the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. Both players are participating in events that should highlight their unique skill sets, and it will be interesting to see if they can prove themselves the best of the best on the national stage. FULL ALL-STAR DETAILS
While it’s true that each game counts the same in the standings, there is some merit to the theory that timing is everything. Including Saturday’s tilt against the Suns, three games sit between the Warriors and the annual All-Star break. And while the outcomes of three games probably won’t make or break the Dubs’ season, this does present an opportunity to set the tone for the post-Break stretch run. It’s been well documented that the Warriors haven’t exactly been the most consistent team of late, and these next three games will give the team a chance to dispel that notion, and could go a long way toward reaffirming their status as one of the top teams in the Western Conference. A win in Phoenix on Saturday against an opponent they’re jockeying for playoff position with would certainly be a good start.
Unquestionably the most surprising team in the league this season (at least in a positive way), the Phoenix Suns continue to prove their doubters wrong. Expected to finish at the bottom of the Conference standings at the start of the season, the Suns have shot out to an impressive 29-20 record, and don’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. Although they’ve lost their last two games, they had won seven of eight prior to that point, and can no longer be considered fool’s gold. Goran Dragic has been spectacular all season long, and stands a good chance at finding his way into the All-Star game as an injury replacement, while Miles Plumlee and Channing Frye continue to outperform expectations. After already having lost in Phoenix earlier this year, the Warriors are well aware of what they’re up against. They’ll have to play a very solid all-around game if they hope to get out of there with a victory.
Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), David Lee (left shoulder sprain/left hip strain) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out. Andrew Bogut (left shoulder inflammation) is questionable.

PHX: Emeka Okafor (herniated disc) and Eric Bledsoe (right knee arthroscopy) are out