Gameday: Warriors vs. Cavaliers - 11/7/12
The Warriors got their first home victory of the season Wednesday night, defeating the Cavaliers 106-96. The highly anticipated point guard matchup did not disappoint, as Stephen Curry scored 21 points to go with six assists and five rebounds while the Cavs' Kyrie Irving led the way for Cleveland with 28 points, seven assists and six boards. David Lee paced the Dubs with 22 points and 14 rebounds, while rookie Harrison Barnes produced his best game thus far with 14 points of his own. Carl Landry gave another outstanding performance off the bench with 19 points and nine rebounds, as did Jarrett Jack, who chipped in 10 points and five dimes. The Warriors will look to make it two wins in a row in their next game on Friday night when they play the Lakers in Los Angeles.
On the game tonight:
“It was a thing of beauty the way we played offensively. I liked the pace especially. I told them the last day and a half about how we want to push the basketball. We went through our offensive sets, but in the best case scenario we are pushing the basketball, creating openings and getting shots. I thought our guys did a great job of reading and reacting while being unselfish all night long. We had four guys with five plus assists - 28 assists as a team. We were sharing the basketball and when we do that we are especially tough to defend.”
On David Lee and Jarrett Jack playing tonight under the weather:
“Both of those guys did a great job. Neither guy did anything this morning and we didn’t even know if they would be physically able to play. David (Lee) really battled. We went to him down the stretch and he made plays. I asked him at some point if he was OK and he said ‘No’. That shows the character of these guys and (Jarrett) Jack was the same way. We needed another ball handler in there down the stretch and he did a great job of running the show – also defensively.”
On losing their 17 point lead to the Cavs:
“I told them all along, even when we were rolling that we had to put this team away. When you look across at the other bench they have a special player in Kyrie Irving – who wasn’t playing well early. I told them ‘he is good enough to carry them at some point’. And he certainly did. I don’t like giving up leads but at the same time, it shows a lot about the character of this basketball team. We are not going to surrender, fold the tent and we’re not going to quit. We buckled down and made the proper adjustments. We separated ourselves – it was a great win.”
On Carl Landry:
“He’s having the time of his life. He’s been great for us. He’s a guy that can flat out score on the block, won’t settle, very crafty and tough to defend. He’s given us a lot both defensively and rebounding. I’m very comfortable down the stretch playing through him because he is unselfish and does a great job reading and making plays. He’s been quite a find for us and a big time backup four and five.”
On noticing David Lee and Jarrett Jack feeling sick:
“A couple of times. Inside the huddle D. Lee (David Lee) would have his head down in his lap chugging down Gatorades. Just one of those things they had to battle through. I’m sure they wouldn’t have played if they couldn’t contribute and felt like they weren’t going to be somewhat productive tonight.”
On inside-oustide offense:
“In the half court yeah but coach tries to emphasize to really push in transition. We had a lot of transition buckets in the first half and that really sparked our offense to not just walk the ball up and run sets. We still have speed and talent on the wings to run. Our bigs run pretty hard too, we have to use that to our advantage when we get in the open court.”
On playing Kyrie Irving:
“He’s tough. He was rookie of the year, deservedly so. The way he can attack pick and rolls, get bigs off balance with his change of speed and direction, he’s tough. You just have to try to keep him in front and make tough shots. He made a lot of them tonight. We just try to limit as much as we can.”
On playing well while feeling ill:
“Very surprised. I felt awful as of last night and that I was not going to play. Woke up today and was throwing up again and feeling awful. By this afternoon I felt a little better to at least give it a shot. As a Captain of this team along with Steph (Curry) and Andrew (Bogut) guys are looking up to me and seeing how I handle myself when I’m not feeling your best. I wanted to play tonight and show that. Then I went out there. It seems like when you’re not feeling your best the ball bounces your way a little bit.”
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors lost a close one in Sacramento on Monday night, falling to the Kings 94-92. Klay Thompson led the Warriors in both scoring and rebounding, registering 22 points and seven boards. Stephen Curry had a tough shooting night with only 12 points, but contributed in other ways with eight assists and six rebounds.
HEAD TO HEAD
Wednesday's contest will mark the first of two meetings between the Warriors and Cavs this season. Golden State won the only game between the two teams last season by a score of 105-95 in Cleveland. David Lee scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter of that contest, and the Warriors will certainly welcome another big game from him against a defensive frontcourt anchored by Anderson Varejao.
THE BATTLE OF THE GUARDS
Wednesday's game will feature a matchup of two of the premiere young point guards in the NBA in the Warriors' Stephen Curry and Cleveland's Kyrie Irving. Irving participated on the USA Select Team this past summer, along with Warriors' standout Klay Thompson, and was widely regarded as one of the top performers at the Olympic camp. Slowing him down will be a key to the Warriors' gameplan.
BOGUT ON HIS WAY BACK
Andrew Bogut had arguably his best performance as a Warrior against the Kings on Monday night. With 12 points in 19 meaningful minutes, it was the first time he had scored in double-figures since 1/22/12 against the Heat, when he was still a member of the Bucks. Aside from his scoring and rebounding, the Warriors' team defense was much improved with the big Aussie on the court. The Warriors will look to gradually extend his minutes as he works his way back to 100 percent.
Klay Thompson had four games with 7+ rebounds last season. He already has three such games through four 2012-13 contests.
The Warriors look to gather some momentum as they will play three of their next four games at home, with the lone away game consisting of a trip down the coast to Los Angeles.
GSW: Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) is out.
CLE: Anderson Varejao (right knee contusion) and Tyler Zeller (concussion) are out.