Warriors Comeback Attempt Falls Short In Portland
The Warriors came all the way back from a 15-point third-quarter deficit but couldnt make enough defensive stops in the closing stretch of Wednesdays 118-110 road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. David Lee filled up the stat sheet with 21 points, 14 rebounds and six assists and Nate Robinson helped Golden State get back in the game with 19 points and eight assists. The Warriors will be back in action Thursday night against the Dallas Mavericks on the second annual Bollywood Night at Oracle Arena.
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Mark Jackson On The Fourth Quarter:
We were able to spread the floor with a smaller lineup and were very effective getting into seams and making plays. The bottom line is we got what we wanted on the offensive end we lost this ballgame on the defensive end. You give up 118 points and allow them to get a rhythm and open shots, thats not our brand of defense that weve been preaching all year long.
On The Team's Defense:
Weve been giving [up] uncontested shots, we havent made the adjustments we made a lot of mistakes all night long. It cannot be accepted, it cannot be tolerated, so disappointed with our overall effort tonight. We were great in spurts, but we dont get paid to play or coach in spurts.
On Facing The Blazers Without LaMarcus Aldridge:
Theyre very well coached, and they have pros on that team. They still have weapons on the floor, and we expected a very hard-fought ballgame, but were disappointed coming out of here losing.
On Motivating Team To Play Defense With Playoffs Out Of The Picture:
That may be an excuse for other teams, but for us thats not acceptable. Weve been defending all year long. The last two games we havent been ourselves, and like I said it cannot be accepted. Were going to close this thing out the right way.
David Lee On The Defense In The Game:
Both teams didnt exactly play shut-down defense tonight. For those guys, Jamal Crawford got it going. Any time he gets it going it not only opens it up for himself, but with all the attention you have to give him it opens it up for other guys on the floor. Thats the reason you cant let him get it going early.
On Getting A Lot Of Points In The Paint:
Thats something we try to make an effort on, is continuing to get the ball in the paint, continuing to drive and not settle for jump shots. A lot of times when we do that it opens up the three point line because the other team has to collapse. I thought we did a pretty good job, especially in the first half, of doing that.
On Staying Motivated To Play Defense:
We have a lot to play for still as far as pride, but as far as the standings are concerned theres not a lot going on with either team. I think the first bit of laziness that creeps in is on the defensive end.
Nate Robinson On Giving Up 118 Points:
Thats embarrassing, but when you let a guy like Jamal get it going, he gets it going for everybody else and its going to be a long night, like it was. For the most part our team played hard, we just gave up a lot of buckets that were uncalled for. They got a lot of second-chance opportunities tonight and they capitalized.
On The End Of The Game:
They made adjustments and we tried to get everyone else involved. A couple shots didnt fall but guys continued to play hard and we just didnt seal the deal.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Rose Garden Portland, Ore.
Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
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