Warriors Fall To Nuggets
The Warriors fell behind early and never caught up in Mondays 123-84 loss in Denver. Golden State could not complete a home-and-home sweep of the Nuggets after shooting 37 percent from the field and finding themselves behind on the boards 60-27. Nate Robinson knocked down four-for-six from deep and finished with 16 points and five assists while Klay Thompson added in 17. The Warriors will look to bounce back on Wednesday when they take on LaMarcus Aldridge and the Trail Blazers in Portland.
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Mark Jackson On The Lack Of Effort:
They came out like a team that was embarrassed on national tv. We came out going through the motions. It was a good old fashion beat down.
On Kenneth Faried
All I know was tonight he was there guy with the biggest motor. He was probably on a different level than anyone on the floor and he set the tone. We know who he is. We know how he can have an impact on the game. We allowed him to do just that tonight. If we matched his intensity then well do just fine. Hes going to be a heck of a player but today he does it with his motor and he certainly had it on full display tonight.
On Falling Behind Early:
We werent ready. They came out aggressive, they came out pushing the basketball, they came out physical. And by the time we realized what hit us, the game was out of reach. Disappointing.
David Lee On The Difference Between Tonight's Game and Saturday's Game:
I thought we gave a pretty good effort on Saturday. Tonight was about as bad as we could play as a team. We played awful. Got off to a bad start. Had a bad middle of the game and finished the game poorly. All five positions they played us. It was just one of those days where when you play an 82, or in this case a 66-game season, its going to happen. Its the unfortunate part of being in the NBA is nights like this. Its one of the worst feelings in the world.
On Denver's Dominance On The Boards:
Really, if you look at any statistic the rebounding, the blocked shots, the fast-break points, the points in the paint, we showed no signs of life at all throughout the entire game. Meanwhile, they were hitting all their shots and they were playing their best game. They predicted they would bounce back after losing twice to us and have a good game and unfortunately they were correct in that prediction.
On Whether They Were Ready For Denver To Come Out The Way They Did:
Absolutely we were ready. We were focused as a team and just didnt come out and execute. We didnt do anything right on either end of the floor and got out played skill-wise and effort-wise. Thats the most frustrating thing, that we couldnt have given better effort.
Klay Thompson On Being Down By So Much So Early:
[Playing with] just pride. You come out and get embarrassed like this especially after a team says we dont like losing to bad teams. Its terrible. This one should really hurt us and motivate us to finish strong. By far the worst loss of the season and it was a terrible feeling.
On How Denver Got Such A Big Lead:
We were soft on the glass. They were just beasting us on the offensive boards and they got so many second chance points. You cant give a team like that, especially at home, second chance points. It was embarrassing, we just got to be tougher.
On Kenneth Faried:
He had 17 rebounds and he just ran the floor. He made some good post moves. You have to give it to him, he had a good night. He played a lot more energy than us but he just ran the floor, his teammates were finding him and he was playing like a man on the offensive glass. Thats probably what he did the best.
Monday, April 9, 2012 Pepsi Center Denver, Colo.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Rose Garden Portland, Ore.
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