Offense Eludes Warriors In Loss To Raptors
Second-half struggles on offense proved costly in the Warriors 83-75 loss in Toronto on Sunday. After leading by as many as 10 points in the first half, the Warriors scored a season-low 11 points in the third quarter and shot just 36.2 percent for the game. David Lee was 9-for-13 from the field and finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Monta Ellis added 20 points and seven assists in the defeat. The Warriors season-long six-game road trip concludes on Monday against the Wizards in what will be the fifth game in seven nights for the Warriors.
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Lee Knocks It Down
Mark Jackson Postgame - 3/4
Points Lee - 22 Ellis - 20
Rebounds Lee - 12 Rush - 9
Assists Ellis - 7 McGuire - 3
Steals Robinson - 2 Four Tied - 1
DeRozan - 25 Barbosa - 18
A. Johnson - 13 Two Tied - 12
Bayless - 4 Two Tied - 4
Davis - 2 Two Tied - 2
Mark Jackson On Recent Second-Half Struggles:
"Well thats four games in a row where weve had bad third quarters. We knew that coming into this one. We talked about it at halftime and once again we were thoroughly outplayed. We didnt execute offensively and gave them hope and forced us to try and win the game a second time instead of putting them away when we should have."
"You have to understand, as a player, the opposing team is going to come out with some adjustments. They are also going to come out with more intensity and we have not responded. You can talk about it, talk about it, talk about it, but weve done nothing to change it."
On Missing Good Point Guard Play:
"We are a no excuse basketball team. Monta Ellis is good enough to lead us, and were good enough to win. So this is a very disappointing loss."
Monta Ellis On Tonight's Game:
"I dont know what to tell you. We had a 10-point lead going into the third quarter and then we came out, I dont know. We ran the offense the way we wanted to and got shots when we needed to. Sometimes we held the ball too long and waited until the shot-clock ran all the way down and then we had to force a shot, and then they got out and ran. We didnt stick to our defensive scheme that we had in the first half and they got whatever they wanted."
David Lee On Team's Recent Poor Third Quarters:
"It hasnt been good thats for sure. Tonight, not a terrible defensive quarter they scored 22 points, we scored 11. Offensively were not shooting the ball well from behind the arc. For whatever reason, were just not shooting the ball well as a team right now. We settled for a lot of jump shots in the third quarter tonight, me included. When youre missing jumpers it also fuels the other teams fast-break because you have long rebounds, and you dont get the other team into foul trouble, so driving the ball late in the quarter doesnt matter too much. All around it was a bad quarter for us."
On Team's Shooting Struggles:
"I dont feel like guys are taking bad shots and if they were taking bad shots that would have been addressed by coach a long time ago. I feel like guys are getting good looks and for whatever reason, they are just not going down right now. Because those threes arent going down at the same rate, they are paying a lot of extra attention to Monta (Ellis) and myself on the isolations. Coach said it last game, its not a situation where you say guys stop shooting, we have great shooters shooting the shots and they are getting open looks. At this point, guys just need to continue to get that extra work in and be ready to go next game, and eventually theyll fall and well have a five or six game stretch where well shoot above 50 percent from three, like we did earlier this year."
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Air Canada Centre Toronto, Canada
Monday, March 5, 2012 4:00 p.m.
Verizon Center Washington, D.C.
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