Warriors Fall To Hornets
The Warriors suffered a 102-87 loss to the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. David Lee led the way for Golden State with 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but it wasnít enough to overcome the hot-shooting Hornets who registered 59 percent accuracy from the field. Dorell Wright connected on four 3-pointers for 12 points while Klay Thompson added in 13 on 50 percent shooting. The Warriors will conclude their three-game homestand on Friday night when Deron Williams and the New Jersey Nets come to town.
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Mark Jackson On Tonight's Game:
ďI think this (one) is more on us. You come into the game understanding that they are missing probably four of their best players, but have guys that are more than capable of playing well. You know Jarrett Jack was going to be aggressive, knowing Carl Landry was going to be aggressive and we didnít respond. Thought it was huge. We lost the game in the 2nd quarter. When you give up 30 points in the 2nd quarter, when you allow them uncontested shots Ė it was very uncharacteristic of the way weíve played. That was not who we are.Ē
On Talking To The Team After The Game:
ďThere is a way to lose, believe it or not. Playing in this league I understand that, I know you are not going to win every game. Certainly tonight wasnít the way to lose. I understand back-to-back nights, I understand a battle against the Lakers with a tough loss, but where we are headed - teams respond by taking care of their business and taking out that tough loss on a team that we are better than. We didnít do that. Weíll learn, but we had to talk about it.Ē
David Lee On The Team's Overall Performance:
ďIt was a terrible game by our team all the way around. They were the aggressors from the start. They hit shots, we didnít hit shots. Our intensity wasnít there on either end and itís a real disappointment. I [compare] this to the Memphis game on the road, the Houston game on the road and a couple of games this season. Itís going to be tough to sleep after a loss like this just because our effort wasnít there. Our execution and our [lack of] effort was why we got outplayed tonight.Ē
On Whether Or Not They Overlooked New Orleans:
ďNo, no such thing looking overlooking a team when youíre the third worst team in the West. Thereís no such thing as overlooking a team. We donít have that luxury. We just didnít play well tonight. Thatís all there is to it.Ē
On What Mark Jackson Mentioned After The Game:
ďHe was upset, as we all are, that we were able to give such good effort last night and almost pulled a victory out against a great basketball team and tonight against a team thatís not as good as the Lakers to come in and to get outplayed, especially with a lot of their best guys missing. It was very frustrating for the coaching staff and for the players.Ē
Richard Jefferson On Not Being Able To Compete In Tonight's Game:
ďI said to [Mickell] Gladness, ĎYou have to pick one of your games.í Youíre going to be an offensive team or a defensive team but youíve got to do it well. Tonight we didnít do either well. We didnít defend the ball very well, we didnít run our offense very well. We just thought that we could come out here and play hard. The best teams in this league execute on a night-in, night-out basis. The great teams execute on both ends of the floor, not just one. You look at the Phoenix Suns. For so many years they were a great offensive team. They were going to outscore you and do a lot of things, but on the defensive end they struggled. They still executed on one end of the floor and they were able to get 60 wins. So you have to pick one or both if you want to be a great team and we did neither.Ē
On Looking Forward:
ďWe have a young team and we have an inexperienced team as far as, I wonít necessarily say playoff experience, but as far as what it takes to get there and what it takes on a night-in, night-out basis. You have to lead by example and you have to try to speak to everyone in a positive way and hope that everyone is learning. Because obviously as a collective group, and I say we because Iím a part of this, it hasnít been working. So any guy thatís been here Ė a year or more, including myself after this summer, we have to be held accountable for everything that goes on. If a team isnít making the playoffs, if a team isnít working a certain amount of games, it has to be looked upon as ĎWhat can I do differently?í Because sometimes itís not more, sometimes itís people doing less: sharing the ball, playing better defense. David [Lee] has been playing great and weíve had other guys playing great but weíve got to find out a way to do more. Because itís not about talent, we have talent to win. Tonight we went out and didnít play well against a team that doesnít have four of their five best players and they just manhandled us. So itís not about talent. Itís about effort, itís about focus, itís about execution.Ē
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Oracle Arena - Oakland, Calif.
Friday, March 30, 2012 Ė 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena Ė Oakland, Calif.
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