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 wasnt 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:
I 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 didnt 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 it was very uncharacteristic of the way weve played. That was not who we are.
On Talking To The Team After The Game:
There 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 wasnt 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 didnt do that. Well learn, but we had to talk about it.
David Lee On The Team's Overall Performance:
It was a terrible game by our team all the way around. They were the aggressors from the start. They hit shots, we didnt hit shots. Our intensity wasnt there on either end and its 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. Its going to be tough to sleep after a loss like this just because our effort wasnt there. Our execution and our [lack of] effort was why we got outplayed tonight.
On Whether Or Not They Overlooked New Orleans:
No, no such thing looking overlooking a team when youre the third worst team in the West. Theres no such thing as overlooking a team. We dont have that luxury. We just didnt play well tonight. Thats all there is to it.
On What Mark Jackson Mentioned After The Game:
He 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 thats 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.
Richard Jefferson On Not Being Able To Compete In Tonight's Game:
I said to [Mickell] Gladness, You have to pick one of your games. Youre going to be an offensive team or a defensive team but youve got to do it well. Tonight we didnt do either well. We didnt defend the ball very well, we didnt 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.
On Looking Forward:
We have a young team and we have an inexperienced team as far as, I wont 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 Im a part of this, it hasnt been working. So any guy thats been here a year or more, including myself after this summer, we have to be held accountable for everything that goes on. If a team isnt making the playoffs, if a team isnt working a certain amount of games, it has to be looked upon as What can I do differently? Because sometimes its not more, sometimes its people doing less: sharing the ball, playing better defense. David [Lee] has been playing great and weve had other guys playing great but weve got to find out a way to do more. Because its not about talent, we have talent to win. Tonight we went out and didnt play well against a team that doesnt have four of their five best players and they just manhandled us. So its not about talent. Its about effort, its about focus, its about execution.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Oracle Arena - Oakland, Calif.
Friday, March 30, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
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