After a clutch 3-pointer forced overtime, the Warriors couldn’t duplicate that magic in the extra period as the Warriors lost a 119-117 heart stopper in Portland on Sunday. Stephen Curry erupted for 47 points and Draymond Green made a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game at the end of regulation, but Andre Iguodala’s last-second 3-point attempt went just long. That last miss prevented the game’s seventh lead change in the last three minutes. The loss prevents the Warriors from reaching fifth place in the West, but they’ll look to clinch the sixth seed on Monday when they return to action to host the Timberwolves on Fan Night at Oracle Arena.
On tonight's game:
"It seemed like the game was out of our hands. We got back into the game with tremendous effort from top to bottom. Disappointing loss, obviously, but there were a lot of bright spots tonight."
On the performance of Stephen Curry and his selflessness:
"He's a superstar basketball player and he's first team all NBA. I don't know who's voting, but the year that the guy has, he has been absolutely amazing and obviously a disappointing loss, but you think about, at 47 points, he made the right play. [Draymond Green], off of his pass, gets a tough shot, makes a three and sends it into overtime. At the end of the ballgame, again, Steph Curry makes the correct play. I just love the guy and, obviously, we ended up short, a disappointing loss, but we move forward."
"He's been great all year long. Like I said, he should be first team all NBA. He's been special, he's been absolutely special."
On Andre Iguodala's final shot at the end of the game:
"Unselfish play, great look. Anybody who doesn't want to live with it, go back to Atlanta. The ball was in Steph's hands, he made the right play and we got a great look."
On Iguodala's look at the end of the game:
"I turned the corner and tried to make a read and was going pretty fast downhill and it looked like more than one defender was closing in. I turned around and he was wide open, so it was a shot we like and he's made before. It just didn't go in tonight, so no regrets on that."
On tonight's game:
"It was obviously high intensity, you know, guys making plays. The back and forth was just intense and we found a way to keep fighting. We got down ten in the fourth, come back and obviously [Klay Thompson] hit some big shots for us, but they made some tough shots as well and I felt like we played solid defense on some of those possessions and just good offense beats good defense. It was a great game, unfortunately we weren't on the right end of it."
On it feeling like a playoff game:
"Yeah, it did. This is kind of what you expect of two playoff teams preparing for that next step and I think from start to finish it definitely had that feel."
On the state of the team entering the playoffs:
"We did give a great effort and that's effort that we can live with. We made big shots when we needed to make big shots, but most importantly, we bared down. We needed to get stops and make runs on the defensive end and we gave great effort. It almost got us the win and I think if we can continue that effort going into the playoffs, it'll be really good for us."
On Stephen Curry's performance:
"It's the same as watching Steph every night. I don't know why people continue to be so amazed by it. I'm amazed when he doesn't do that. It's just become - I'm used to seeing it. Nonetheless, it's still amazing. What I'm saying is totally contradictory, but I'm used to seeing it, but it never gets old."
On the final play of the game:
"I think Steph made the right play at the end of regulation and overtime. He had 47 points and could have tried to get 50, but he passed the ball to me. He had 47 points and could have got 50 and passed the ball to [Andre Iguodala] and they were open plays and we live with that shot. I think Andre has hit two or three game winners this year and that shot was right on line. You know, we'll live with that shot ten times out of ten. Find the open man, make the right play and Steph did that and, like I said, we live with it."
ONE LAST TRIP TO RIP CITY
The Warriors begin play of the final week of the regular season on Sunday evening in Portland. This will close out the four-game season series between the two teams, and the Warriors have won two of the first three matchups, including last month in Portland when the Dubs came back from an 18-point deficit. Although both teams have already clinched a playoff spot, the teams still have plenty to play for, as neither would like to fall from their current playoff seeding.
LAST TIME OUT
With a 112-95 road win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, the Warriors clinched a berth in the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Stephen Curry logged his fourth triple-double of the season (30 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists), ensuring the Dubs’ second-straight trip to the postseason. Klay Thompson added 16 points and four assists, while Steve Blake (13 points, five assists) and Marreese Speights (16 points, eight rebounds) had productive nights off the bench. The Warriors led the Lakers in rebounds (57 to 42), fast break points (28 to 12), and points the paint (46 to 32). GAME RECAP
IN THE PLAYOFFS, NOW WHAT
The Warriors will be in the 2014 NBA Playoffs. That, we know. Who they play in the first round and where they will be seeded is an entirely different matter. Currently, the Warriors are in sixth place in the West and can finish no worse than seventh. If the Warriors win one more game, they will secure the sixth spot. If they win their three remaining games, they can possibly move up to fifth, but that would mean Portland would have to lose on Wednesday as well as Sunday against the Warriors. No matter who the Warriors play in the first round, it will be a tough matchup, but the team has had a tendency to play up to the competition this season so it should be a fun ride no matter their opponent or where they are seeded. FULL PLAYOFF PICTURE
WELCOME BACK D. LEE
Every team wants to be at full strength heading into the playoffs, and the Warriors took a big step toward achieving that on Friday with the return of David Lee. After missing the previous seven games with nerve inflammation in the right leg, Lee came off the bench in Los Angeles and had 10 points and 10 rebounds for his 34th double-double of the season. Should Lee be able to take the floor again on Sunday, his matchup with Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge will certainly be one to watch for.
PORTLAND SCOUTING REPORT
The Trail Blazers are almost a lock to take on the Rockets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, but who has home court advantage in that series has yet to be determined. Portland currently is in fifth place and has the same number of wins as Houston entering Saturday’s slate of NBA action. The Rockets own the tie-breaker over Portland, so the Blazers would have to win one more game than Houston the rest of the way to steal home court advantage. Regardless of where they finish, the Trail Blazers have had a strong season. After not making the playoffs last year, they’ve improved their win total by 17 and still have two games left. Portland has won seven of its last eight and has an elite small-big duo in Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, not to mention a supporting cast featuring the likes of Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews. Stephen Curry has gone off for 37 and 38 points in his last two games against the Blazers, both Warriors wins, so this should be a game that you won’t want to miss.
GSW: Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis) and Jermaine O’Neal (left knee) are to be determined. Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) is out. Nemanja Nedovic and Ogjnen Kuzmic are on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.
POR:Joel Freeland (right knee sprain) is out.
POR:Joel Freeland (right knee sprain) is out.