Gameday: Warriors Can't Catch Kings
The Warriors battled back from a 16 point deficit, but ultimately fell short in a 94-92 loss to the Kings in Sacramento Monday night. Klay Thompson played well on both ends of the court, totaling 22 points and seven rebounds while David Lee added in 20 and six of his own. Stephen Curry struggled to find his shot but stayed active, finishing with 12 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Andrew Bogut put in his first double-digit performance for Golden State with 12 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes. The Dubs will look to bounce back on Wednesday when they host the Cavaliers at Oracle Arena.
On tonight’s game:
“They had great looks. They executed and just made shoots. Like I told my guys, you don’t win or lose the game on those last shot attempts. One defensive rebound. One less turnover. One well-executed offensive trip. One extra-effort play where they don’t get a wide open layup in transition. That’s the difference between winning and losing a ball game, not the last play.”
On the difference in tonight’s game:
They out-worked us early. That’s what it boiled down to. They were the hardest working team on the floor for most of the ball game. The good thing is that we realized when we put forth the effort, that we execute and we can climb back into the ball game. So imagine if we put together 48 minutes of that. That being said, give them credit and we’ll learn from some of the mistakes tonight.”
On Stephen Curry:
“I was very happy with his looks and even more so pleased that he did the other things. He rebounded the basketball. He ran the team. So the shots I’m not worried about. They’ll fall.”
On Klay Thompson's last play:
“That’s what we wanted. We wanted the ball in Klay’s hand. He had a good look at it and just missed it. Nine times out of 10 we think he can make that shot for us.”
On being on the court:
“I felt ok. I’m out there so it is what it is. I’m just trying to get through these next three to four weeks relatively saying.”
On the difference tonight compared to previous games:
“They’re in their home opener and quite frankly the way Sacramento beats you is by out playing you intensity wise. I don’t know what the rebounds were tonight but they did a good job on the boards. First half they were beating us by eight. That’s what we did to the Clippers last night, we took the fight to them and instead tonight the Kings did a better job and got the win.”
LAST TIME OUT
Carl Landry came off the bench and put in a double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds) Saturday night to lead the Warriors past the Clippers 114-110 in Los Angeles. Playing on the back-end of a back-to-back, Golden State found a way to improve to 2-1 on the season, 2-0 in the division, and 2-0 on the road. Despite resting Andrew Bogut, the Warriors outrebounded the Clippers 48-33. Stephen Curry had another impressive performance, totalling 23 points and four rebounds while Klay Thompson added in 17 and eight of his own. The Warriors will look to maintain their perfection on the road on Monday in Sacramento.
HEAD TO HEAD
Monday’s game will mark the first meeting between the Nor Cal rivals this year. Golden State took the season series 3-1 last year with two of their three wins coming by just three points.
THE BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
Despite resting Andrew Bogut on the back-end of a back-to-back, the Warriors still managed to outrebound the Clippers 48-33. David Lee and Carl Landry pulled down 12 and 10 boards respectively.
Klay Thompson’s 17 points in Saturday’s matchup marked his 17th consecutive double-digit game dating back to last season, tying a career-best streak.
Golden State Warriors guard/forward Brandon Rush will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2012-13 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during the first quarter of Friday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. NEWS RELEASE
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