Gameday: Warriors' Shots Don't Fall in Los Angeles


The Warriors struggled to find their shot all night long, falling 101-77 to the Lakers in L.A. Friday night. Stephen Curry had team highs of 18 points and five assists in a game that saw the Warriors shoot just 35 percent from the field. David Lee notched another double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Klay Thompson added in 15 despite getting into foul trouble. Golden State will look to bounce back Saturday night when Andre Iguodala and the Nuggets come to town.
Mark Jackson
On the game tonight:
“We missed shots but that’s not the reason we lost tonight. I thought defensively we come into their building, they shot 40 percent, very good defense. We did not take care of the basketball, 18 turnovers, 12 assists. We didn’t execute and then they dominated us on the offensive boards, 10 offensive boards in the second half. We knew that they were very good on the offensive boards and also points in the paint. Both of those areas hurt us tonight. It’s a make or miss league, were good enough to defend and win ball games on that end.”
On the Warriors' turnovers:
“We were just out of sync, no excuse. If you’re going to beat a good team on the road, you got to take care of the basketball, you got to rebound. You’re going to miss shots, I’m fine with that. But we’ve got to do a better job closing out possessions. We came in with the mindset to run and they outscored us even in fast break points. Just disappointed overall, good news is we have one tomorrow against another very good basketball team. Looking to get back and hopefully take care of business.”
On the Warriors shooting performance:
“I told the guys at the end of the day, these are shooters getting good looks: Stephen Curry, Clay Thomson. They’re smart enough to turn it down and make plays but I want these guys to continue to be aggressive on the offensive end and don’t turn shots down. If you’re going to clap when they make open shots, you can’t be frustrated, yelling at them when they miss the same ones. They’re knock down shooters who had a tough night.”
Stephen Curry
On the Warriors' shooting:
“We talked about it half time. It was kind of a balance. We shot a lot of early threes in the beginning of possessions but they were uncontested, a lot of us walking into it. You got to find the balance between zero and one pass possessions where you’re shooting threes versus getting to the basket, trying to get the ball moving a little bit and those same shots coming back around. Sometimes it is hard to turn down wide open threes even if it’s early in the possession and you’ve missed a couple, but we’ve got to find that balance.”
On the overall performance:
“I think we played well, the score doesn’t say that. I think defensively we did a pretty good job, we’re just undersized down there trying to battle the boards and the paint.”
On defending the Lakers' offense:
“Kobe was aggressive with the ball in his hands in pick-and-roll and he requires a lot of attention obviously but on the backside it’s tough to match up with those big guys who roll into the paint and they always have a shooter. You take a chance with Steve Blake and [Darius] Morris taking those threes in the corner. That was the game plan and we stuck to it, we just didn’t score enough and make enough baskets and clean the glass like we should.”
David Lee
On tonight's game:
“We got open shots tonight especially from the three-point line, we just couldn’t buy a bucket. They did a good job on the boards taking advantage of the fact that we were short a couple people down low. Give them credit, they came out and played with really good emotion tonight at home under the circumstances. We didn’t shoot the ball well enough. There’s always going to be days like this on the road and we need to do a better job on the boards to counter that.”
On the turnovers:
“A little bit of [the turnover issue] is playing on the road. We didn’t do our best job of taking care of the ball. I think when we weren’t hitting shots early, we tried to do a little too much with the ball and we passed up a lot of open looks to try and be too creative to try and make the perfect play. If we shoot the ball well we have a chance to win this game. If we shoot the ball like we normally do.”
On defending the Lakers' offensive progression:
“They were playing more simple basketball they were running a lot of pick-and-roll, getting Kobe in the post a lot. Gasol didn’t shoot a great percentage but he got up 18 shots tonight, so they did some different things but overall I thought they were a pretty good team to begin with they just had a tough start to the season.”
Harrison Barnes
On matching the Lakers' intensity:
“Regardless of how much emotion they had, it’s the Los Angeles Lakers. They’re obviously a formidable team with or without emotion. We knew we we’re going to get their best shot so we just tried to come out here with as much energy and enthusiasm as we could.”
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.
Wednesday’s Pacific Division showdown will mark the first of this season’s four meetings between the Warriors and Lakers. It’s been a one-sided rivalry as of late, as the Warriors have been swept in the season series with their SoCal neighbors in three of the last four seasons. However, the Warriors are a much-improved team and the Lakers have yet to come together this season, despite a roster full of All-Stars and future Hall of famers. Most experts believe that it’s just a matter of time before the Lakers become, well, the Lakers, but the Warriors are in definitely no rush to see that happen.
Warriors center Andrew Bogut will not play in any of the team's games over the next 7-10 days in an effort to continue to strengthen his surgically repaired left ankle. PRESS RELEASE
The Warriors are only five games into the season, but Carl Landry is certainly making his case to be the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. The first-year Warriors player totaled 19 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes of Wednesday’s win, and he did it all on 8-of-10 shooting. Heading into Thursday’s games, Landry ranked fourth among league reserves in scoring (17.0 ppg), third in shooting percentage (.673) and fourth in rebounding (7.4 rpg).
Growing up, Klay Thompson was a huge Kobe Bryant fan, and last year he got to play against his idol for the first time. If he was nervous, he certainly didn’t show it. Thompson, whose father Mychal provides color commentary on Lakers radio broadcasts, averaged 17.3 points and 4.0 assists against the purple and gold last season. Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson has been very complimentary of Thompson’s defense in recent weeks, and that ability will certainly be tested on Friday when he’s assigned to match up with Bryant.

Injury Report
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.

LAL: Steve Nash (non-displaced fracture, left leg) is out.


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