Rookies Lead The Way, Not Enough To Stop Lakers
The Warrior rookies continued to improve, but it wasnt enough as Golden State dropped a 99-87 contest to the Lakers Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. Charles Jenkins facilitated with efficiency, dishing 11 assists while turning the ball over just one time. Klay Thompson led the team in scoring with 17 points and handed out five assists of his own while Jeremy Tyler added in a career-high 15 with six boards. Brandon Rush chipped in 10 off the bench for the Warriors, who will open a three-day, three-game road trip in Dallas on Friday.
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Mark Jackson On His Mindset The Final Few Games:
Im a man with tremendous faith. I dont look at where I am; I look at where Im going and where Im going to be. As long as you dont get caught up in where you are, its very easy to stay excited about the promise. I know where Im headed and Im excited about it. Its very easy to jump up and down when you are the Western Conference champs and you are going to the NBA Finals. What my guys will remember most will be these days. Some would perceive these to be dark days, I believe these are times to build character and hold on to the rope even tighter.
On Klay Thompson Being Guarded By Metta World Peace:
I think its a valuable experience to go against different ways that teams are going to try and defend him. Its great experience, being doubled, grabbed and getting beaten up. The great onesits a complement. I think its valuable experience for him.
On Looking Ahead To The Future:
Im not going to sit here and tell you that its easy to go out there without four of your best players. Four rookies against the Los Angeles Lakers or the San Antonio Spurs is not exciting. I think its important because real leadership people are looking at you closely during trials and tribulations. People are looking at you closely when you have an excuse to come in and rant and rave. Im not here just to build champions. Im here to build men, fathers, brothers and sons. Its important for me to show them how to act during adversity.
Klay Thompson On Facing The Lakers At Home For The Second Time:
We just didnt play well, both offensively and defensively. We knew that we were undersized coming in. We just gave up a lot of offensive boards and had too many defensive lapses.
On His Morale During The End Of The Season:
No, not really because I used to wish for the opportunity of [getting] playing time, Im now getting some, so Im just trying to make the most of it.
On Going Up Against Some Of The Top Level Defenders On The Lakers:
That was really good. We just missed a lot of wide open shots and we have to go and work on that. Just get in the gym and try to correct it tomorrow.
Jeremy Tyler On Going Up Against Pau Gasol And Andrew Bynum:
We had clear match ups on who we were guarding. We were playing against two of, arguably, the best big men in the game right now. I just went in with the mindset to play my hardest, do the best I can and follow our game plan while putting in a lot of effort.
On Learning New Lessons As A Rookie Going Up Against Veterens:
What I take out of every game: just learning and getting better and focusing on little things. All of the great players have habits, techniques and trying to be a sponge and soak up everything that I can.
On Focusing His Efforts On The Next Game:
Just going into the game playing my hardest. Going in knowing that Ive played this team twice already and looking back at the things that I did wrong, attacking their weaknesses and just being the best player I can be.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
Friday, April 20, 2012 5:30 p.m.
American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas
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