Warriors Struggle Without Ellis In Loss To 76ers Playing without Monta Ellis, the Warriors struggled to make shots in Saturdays 107-79 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Stephen Curry returned to action after missing a game with a sprained right ankle and scored 10 of his 21 points in the first quarter. The Warriors led by as many as 13 points in the opening period but went cold from there. Golden State shot just 38.2 percent in the game and only Curry and David Lee (19 points) scored in double figures. Now 2-2, the Warriors will play their first road game of the season on Monday against the Phoenix Suns.
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Points Curry - 21 Lee - 19
Williams - 23 Young - 18
Rebounds Udoh - 9 Lee - 8
Hawes - 12 Iguodala - 8
Assists Smith - 5 Two Tied - 4
Iguodala - 7 Three Tied - 4
Steals Smith - 2 5 Tied - 1
Brand - 5 Two Tied - 2
Mark Jackson On Tonight's Game:
For some reasonwe didnt play Warriors basketball. We started off well and then they separated themselves. They were the more physical team, they took us out of our stuff and they made shots. Just a disappointing outing across the board. But this is a process and we move forward.
On the 76ers energy level:
They looked like the team that had two nights off. As a former player in this league, that happens. That does not mean you accept it. They played extremely well and they are a well coached team. They have pride, they understand that they are coming off of a loss and they came here with the mindset of beating us and they did.
On the Warriors transition defense:
We really felt if we forced them to play half court basketball we were comfortable with our half court defense. This is a team (76ers) that pushes the ball down your throat; this is a team that leaks out offensively and you have to make sure you have five guys backwe did not. We gave up too many points in transition and they got it going.
Stephen Curry On His Ankle:
Its getting better. I went through the whole game without an incident. Its a step in the right direction, but it didnt have anything to do with the outcome of the game.
On tonights game:
We started off strong, we were up 20 to 7. We had them where we wanted. We knew they had been on a long journey until tonight and we had an opportunity to come out and put our foot onto the gas pedal at that point and we didnt. We let them back into the game and they made a lot of shots which turned into a lot of easy possessions. We cant let that happen at home when we had a chance to go 3-1 to start off the season.Its a disappointment.
Klay Thompson On Tonight's Game:
You will have nights like that. You just need to keep playing hard on the defensive end and always keep yourself in the game. We will try to improve on that tomorrow at practice and we face a tough Phoenix team on Monday to get back at it.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Oracle Arena Oakland, CA
Monday, January 2, 2012 12:30 p.m.
US Airways Center Phoenix, AZ
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