Gameday: Warriors vs. Hawks - 11/14/12
Harrison Barnes played his finest game as a pro in Wednesday’s 92-88 win over the Hawks at Oracle Arena. Barnes tallied 19 points and 13 rebounds for the first double-double of his career and David Lee joined him with a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) of his own. Golden State led by 11 points heading into the final period but needed some clutch free throw shooting from Barnes and Jarrett Jack to hold off an Atlanta comeback. With the win, the Warriors improve to 4-4 on the season and they will now embark on a three-game road trip that opens in Minnesota on Friday.
On Harrison Barnes:
“I had a conversation with him earlier today and let him know what I was going to need him to do. I told him I was going to play him some more minutes but that he had to earn them; not just going to hand them to him. I thought he was very aggressive. We put in some different sets to get him some looks and put our guys in a situation where they could attack. He did a great job. Most importantly - 13 rebounds. He went and got the basketball. I thought our guys, all night long, did a great job of responding to being embarrassed on the boards the other night. 43 to 29 and only four second chance points. We still have to work on taking care of the basketball, but I thought we did a great job of attacking the paint and making plays for one another.”
On Harrison Barnes Initiating the Offense:
“It really wasn’t the first time. He has done it before in action where we have Steph (Stephen Curry) and Klay (Thompson) coming off of pin downs and tonight we also ran some isolation. When he’s playing that way you can use him in a lot of different ways. When he’s just another guy out there, not in attack mode, he takes away his greatest strength. He’s a tough matchup a lot of nights because of his size, his ability to knock down shots over smaller defenders and his ability to put the ball on the floor. I also want to acknowledge Klay (Thompson). Tough shooting night, but the difference in his growth was he didn’t put his head down. Kyle Korver went 5-5 in the first half; ends the game 5-6. Klay played great defense and still didn’t find his shot. The big time players don’t lose sight what they are supposed to do – even when they are having a tough night shooting the basketball. I was proud of what he did.”
On Bouncing Back from a Tough Loss:
“I’ve played in this league, covered this league and now I’m fortunate enough to coach in this league – you’re going to have tough nights. I don’t care who you are. The best teams and the worst teams have to be able to respond. You have to be able to throw it away and make the proper adjustments. At the end of the day, we fall in love with the Oklahoma City team today, but that was the same team that won 20 games. They had to stay true to the process. They had to learn. What I have to ask my guys to do is speed up the learning process. The other night Klay (Thompson) struggled, tonight he didn’t. I’m not going to give him a year to get better. I think overall we need to learn from our mistakes and continue to battle, fight and scratch our way to victories. Tonight we did just that.”
On Getting a Win Before the Road Trip:
“It was big. We were three and four and this was a home game where they were missing two of their top seven players. We were missing two of our top five, but this is a home game that we expected to win. This is a playoff basketball team with some weapons. But if we are talking about having successful year, you have to win this game going on the road because we will be playing against some good teams on the road.”
On Out-Rebounding the Hawks:
“I guess it gives them confidence. We have guys that can rebound the basketball. Stephen (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) are good rebounders for a backcourt. Harrison (Barnes) is a proven rebounder. David Lee is a proven rebounder in this league. You look at our big guys whether that be, Festus (Ezeli), Andris (Biedrins) and Carl (Landry) – those guys can rebound. We have to be committed to it because we don’t have the luxury of one guy that will get us 15-20 rebounds a night. We have to do it as a committee, when we don’t we take away opportunities to win ball games.”
On Tonight's Win:
“We didn’t feel that this was a must win but after what happened with the Denver game at home losing in double overtime, we had the opportunity to protect home court and Atlanta came off a big win in Portland. So this was a big win for us before we start our three game road trip. We got this win and it feels good going on the road.”
On Harrison Barnes:
“He was attacking and we called a lot of plays for him. He delivered by getting to the basket. Rebounding the basketball was huge for us. We rely a lot on our bigs to rebound and sometimes we’re not holding guys off you need our guards getting in there. Harrison really dominated the glass for us. That was a big key to our win.”
On Tonight's Win:
“Looking at our team, Coach told us the last two days in practice—and a lot aimed at me and our bigs—that we are holding teams, we’re top five in defensive field goal percentage and we’re bottom in the league in rebounding. So as we’re getting stops; other teams are getting offensive rebounds and easy buckets. Tonight we saw it as something that we wanted to take on as a challenge and I think it’s something I can improve on is rebounding the basketball. I thought we did a better job of that tonight and it translated into a win.”
On Harrison Barnes:
“He’s a hard worker, great kid. He’s a guy as a rookie that some nights are going to be your night to get a lot of shots up and other nights other guys will be playing well. Tonight he got his opportunity, played well, good with the ball, took shots and played good on defense versus a talented group of wings for Atlanta. Very proud of him. He was definitely a big help for us.”
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HUNGRY FOR A WIN
The Warriors will enter Wednesday’s matchup in need of a win. With losses in each of their last two games, Golden State has fallen under .500 for the first time this season, and it won’t get much easier after Wednesday, as four of the team’s next five games will be played on the road. David Lee had 22 points and 12 rebounds in the Warriors’ last game against Atlanta, an 85-82 Warriors win last February that snapped the team’s three-game losing streak against the Hawks.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors dropped a double-overtime heartbreaker to the Nuggets on Saturday, falling 107-101 at Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson had a game-high 23 points in a career-high 54 minutes while Carl Landry came off the bench and put up 22 points, his fifth time in double figures this season. Despite playing most of the fourth quarter and beyond with five fouls, Stephen Curry racked up 19 points and five rebounds, while David Lee came through with 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
The Warriors don’t have to look far to see where things have gone wrong in their last two games. The team has shot less than 40 percent in each, marking the first time they have done so in consecutive games since February 2011. The Warriors are shooting 47 percent from the field in wins this season versus just 39 percent in losses.
ATLANTA SCOUTING REPORT
The Warriors will be hosting a Hawks team that will be playing the third of four-straight games on the West Coast. Heading into Monday’s contest, Atlanta had lost each of their last two games and hasn’t scored more than 90 points in any of their last three games. Still, the Hawks present plenty of challenges. Al Horford leads the team with 14.8 points and 8.4 rebounds and Jeff Teague, Josh Smith and Lou Williams are all capable of having big games.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.
ATL: Devin Harris (strained left hamstring) is questionable.