Warriors Unable To Top Spurs
Playing the first game of an eight-game homestand, the Warriors wound up on the losing end of a 113-102 contest versus the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Monday. David Lee scored a season-high 31 points on 13-19 shooting and also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Monta Ellis scored 25 points on the night, Dorell Wright finished with 18 points and nine assists, and Stephen Curry tallied 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. Golden State shot 45.9% from the field and made 19 of 20 free throws but were outrebounded 46-36 on the night. After a day off on Tuesday, the Warriors will continue their eight-game homestand on Wednesday against the Hornets in a game featuring one of Jack's Box Office Specials.
Keith Smart On tonight's game:
“I thought we could’ve contested their shots a little bit more. But those guys are never in a hurry, so they’re very patient and they know how to engage a help defender just enough to get a guy open and they know where everybody is going to be at all times. It’s the schooling of a really good basketball team, a team that has been together for a long time. You look at (Tony) Parker coming off a pick-and-roll and he’s not in a hurry, he’s reading what the defense is doing first and then looks for his bail out spots next. Tim (Duncan) posts us up and he looks for where the double is coming from and where are my outs in case I get into trouble. They’re just a good basketball team.”
On David Lee:
“I think the strength of him getting back to where he can shoot the basketball opens up so much for him. We’re introducing him to another world, playing him on the box so he can post up a little bit. If the jumper is not going because of travel, legs or what have you, he can now go down to the low post and try and get plays there, get fouled and get to the line. He's just trying to expand his game and I think that’s helping him when he’s not on the perimeter.”
David Lee Audio Interview
Dorell Wright On tonight's game:
“They’re perfectionists. If you stop one play they have a counter play. They have so many weapons. They have a group of guys that come off the bench that play together. They’re definitely a tough team. That’s why they have one of the best records in the league. They’re well-coached, well-disciplined on both ends and play hard together.”
On If They Will Lose Momentum:
“I don’t think we will. I think we are playing well. We have another good team that’s coming here. We are going to go out there and fight and it’s going to go down to the wire. We continue to play hard and play like how we played in the first half. We just have to put 48 minutes together.”
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