Big Night For Rookies In Loss
Nate Robinson poured in 30 to surpass his season-high for the second game in a row, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors suffered a 120-99 loss to the Spurs Monday night at Oracle Arena. Following a string of recent injuries, Golden State started four rookies for the first time since the Elias Sports Bureau has tracked games started, dating back to the 1970-71 season. Of those rookies, Klay Thompson tallied 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Jeremy Tyler pulled down 10 boards to go along with his 11 points for his first career double-double.
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Mark Jackson On Nate Robinson And Klay Thompson:
“In the second half they really battled, competed. Offensively, those guys had big nights. You look at Klay [Thompson] with eight rebounds. He defended and was efficient. Nate [Robinson] gave us a burst of energy and you look at the 30 points – what I liked better was that he tried to spark us defensively. Picked up whoever it was at the point and tried to extend and battle. We understand where we are right now; we’re shorthanded. The energy and the effort in the second half were acceptable. I can tolerate the second half; the first half…was very disappointing.”
On The San Antonio Spurs:
“They are extremely well coached – which is obvious. They have one of the best to ever do it. They have three guys that will one day be in the Hall of Fame. They are very efficient and they make you pay when you make mistakes. They are an outstanding basketball team. They will be a tough out come playoff time because of those things.”
On Jeremy Tyler:
“I thought he was, for the first time in a long time, he tried to catch and finish at the rim. He attacked. I believe this was his first ever double-double…but he showed some signs and he battled. He was active on the boards and also active in trying to challenge shots. Certainly a night to build on.”
Monday, April 16, 2012 Oracle Arena – Oakland, Calif.
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