Gameday: Warriors Fall to Grizzlies in Home Opener


An Opening Night sellout crowd of 19,596 saw Stephen Curry drop 26 points, but it wasn’t enough in the Warriors 104-94 loss to the Grizzlies Friday night at Oracle Arena. Curry nailed six 3-pointers, dished seven assists and grabbed five rebounds on the night. David Lee added in 16 points and seven rebounds while Carl Landry totaled 20 and seven off the bench. Klay Thompson scored 11 for the Warriors, who will look to bounce back in Los Angeles Saturday night when they take on the Clippers.
Mark Jackson
On the injury to Brandon Rush:
“I was actually looking at him in the air, I didn’t realize until he came down in pain that he was actually hurt. I think that took a little bit out of us just because this is a tight knit group and we know how big of a year this is for him. Just an unfortunate, unfortunate break.”
On missing Brandon Rush in the defensive rotations:
“I was actually looking at him in the air, I didn’t realize until he came down in pain that he was actually hurt. I think that took a little bit out of us just because this is a tight knit group and we know how big of a year this is for him. Just an unfortunate, unfortunate break.”
On the offensive output the last two games:
“We are a very good offensive team. I’m really not concerned about low 90s and 80s. We are going to score the basketball. We’ve got to defend without fouling and minimize our turnovers. When we do that we are going to be just fine. I think the fouling slows the pace of the ballgame and takes us out of rhythm. Turning over the basketball just sucks the life out of you as a team. We have to do better on both of those.”
On the distribution of Andrew Bogut's minutes late in the game:
“That’s the way I decided to go. Thinking that we could get some minutes early to start the game. Wanted to tell him to get a good warm-up at halftime. I actually wanted to steal some minutes in the 2nd quarter, but it was still a close game. My idea was for him to finish the game. The main thing is - he means a lot to this organization. I’m not going to risk anything as far as his health is concerned. We have to look forward to the future and what he is going to mean to us down the road.”
Klay Thompson
On the injury to Brandon Rush:
“Of course it affected us; he’s one of our better bench players. Brandon (Rush) is a great scorer and a great athlete. It was not good seeing him go down like that. Just hoping for a speedy recovery. We need him out there.”
On concern losing the last seven games against Memphis:
“Not at all, it’s only November. We’re still fine tuning stuff, we have a lot of growing pains but we’re going to be good. The thing about this league is that we have a game tomorrow so we can bounce back. I’m not worried at all. It was a tough game and we played hard but they just played better.”
Andrew Bogut
On starting then playing the final eight minutes:
“It’s hard. It’s frustrating for me because there is no right way to do it. I’ve been part of a minute limit in my career before. There is no excuse; I’m out there playing so there is no excuse with my injury. It is frustrating but I’m going to find a way to stay more positive and when I’m out there I’m more productive.”
Who’s ready for Opening Night? After Wednesday’s thrilling win in Phoenix, fans will get their first regular season taste of the Warriors on Friday as the Dubs host Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday at 7:30 p.m. A limited amount of lower level seats are still available, and the first 19,000 fans in attendance will receive an Opening Night t-shirt, courtesy of Kia!
The Warriors survived a Halloween scare from the Suns and escaped the desert with a 87-85 Opening Night win. Carl Landry came up huge down the stretch, scoring 12 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter in a game that saw the long-awaited Warriors debut of Andrew Bogut. Landry led a strong performance from a bench unit that included 14 points from Brandon Rush and 10 points and seven assists from Jarrett Jack. Klay Thompson added 16 points for the Warriors, who shot just 38 percent from the field in the win.
One of the top storylines heading into Friday's home opener will be the Oracle Arena debut of Andrew Bogut. The seven-foot Aussie scored eight points and pulled down six rebounds in 18 minutes on Wednesday, and his playing time will continue to be monitored as he works his way back into playing shape. After his recovery from offseason ankle surgery, Bogut was a full participant in just two practices prior to Wednesday's lid lifter. Depending on how his body responds to the intensity of a regular season road win, his minutes could increase in his first game in front of the home fans at Oracle Arena.
It’s likely that without the key contributions of the bench on Wednesday, the Warriors could be staring at an 0-1 record right now. While certain starters had off-nights, members of the Warriors second unit kept the team in the game and ahead on the scoreboard. Carl Landry and Brandon Rush provided a steady source of offense, particularly in the paint, which was crucial when the Dubs’ outside shots weren’t falling. Jarrett Jack also produced in the clutch, handling the ball as the primary distributor during the most pivotal possessions at the end of the game. If this deep arsenal off the bench can consistently contribute like this over the course of the season, the Warriors will be able to remain competitive while giving their starters the occasional breather. That’s a good sign for a team whose success appears to be as health-dependent as the Warriors.
Coming to the game? If so, be sure to check out the digital upgrades to Oracle Arena. In addition to a brand new High-Definition Scoreboard above center court, there are now iPad Kiosks, Mobile Ticket Upgrades and much more. “There has been more invested in Oracle Arena this summer than any other summer since the building was renovated in 1997,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. For more information about the upgrades to Oracle Arena, click here.
Five of the most notable Warriors bloggers were asked the same set of six questions, and all of their answers have been posted on To access this discussion and submit your own thoughts, click here.
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Injury Report
GSW: None.

MEM: Darrell Arthur (non‐displaced fracture, left fibula) is out.


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