Gameday: Warriors at Nuggets - 11/23/12
The Warriors lost a tough one in Denver on Friday night, falling to the Nuggets by a score of 102-91. Early foul trouble plagued the Warriors, who managed to outrebound the top rebounding team in the league 45-39 in a losing effort. David Lee posted his sixth straight double-double, scoring 21 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Carl Landry had another solid game off the bench with 19 points and eight rebounds, as did Jarrett Jack who chipped in 17 points and four assists of his own. The Warriors will now return home for four straight games, starting tomorrow night against the Timberwolves.
On What Happened In The Second Half:
“They [the Nuggets] turned it up a notch, and we ran for the hills. We didn’t respond. Give them credit; it was a disappointing way to start the fourth quarter.”
On Stopping The Nuggets When They Are On A Roll:
“We didn’t help the cause by turning over the basketball and allowing them [the Nuggets] transition points. They got it going and we didn’t try to stop them, we actually helped them keep it going. In a situation like that you’ve got to run your offense, and you’ve got to be disciplined defensively. You’ve got to make sure to get back, and we didn’t do either one of these.”
On The Quiet Night By Harrison Barnes And Stephen Curry:
“We’re not really concerned about that. At the end of the day, they didn’t do much in the first half and we found ourselves with the lead. We don’t get caught up in individual nights; we feel that respectfully we can get it done when were locked in. We were not to start the third quarter.”
On His Game:
“It was rough one out there for everybody. We played alright in the first half; obviously I didn’t do much offensively because I was in foul trouble. They [the Nuggets] came in in the third quarter and dominated us. We fell behind when it mattered in the second half, and didn’t have anything to come back in the end.”
On His Foul Trouble:
“I was back and forth off the bench in the first half but that is no excuse. I’ve got to be more aggressive when I’m shooting and making plays.”
On The Teams' Third Quarter:
“We were up six or seven at the end of the half, and they came out on a 10-0 run. We didn’t have another punch back at them. We fought decent enough in the middle of the third quarter, but we just didn’t have a punch to give them at the end. The third quarter has been our nemesis. If we play well in the third we win, if we don’t then we put ourselves into big hole and let the other team get a little too confident and too aggressive.”
On The Teams' Third Quarter:
“Our third quarter has been up and down all year. It seems like when we do a good job in the third, we win the game but when we have a third quarter like tonight it’s tough going, especially on the road. They [the Nuggets] came out and played aggressively.
On The Sting Of Being Alley-ooped On:
“That’s never fun. It’s the same two points as a pull up jumper, but it’s never fun on the road, especially when the crowd is getting into it. Needless to say, especially after our last game, this isn’t our favorite team [the Nuggets].
If there was one game the Warriors wish they could have back this season, there’s no question that it’d be the November 10 home game against the Nuggets. Golden State led that contest by five points in double overtime, but Denver closed the game with an 11-0 run to seal a gut-wrenching Warriors defeat. Less than two weeks later, the teams meet again, and this time the Warriors will be looking to a steal a game on the Nuggets’ home floor.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors overcame an early deficit on Wednesday night to beat the visiting Brooklyn Nets 102-93. Stephen Curry had another great all-around game with 25 points, six rebounds and four assists. Klay Thompson also found his groove, scoring 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including three 3-pointers, while David Lee had 20 points and 13 rebounds, his fifth-straight double-double. Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack provided another strong effort off the bench, scoring 11 and five points, respectively.
KLAY BOUNCES BACK
As good as Stephen Curry and David Lee have looked in recent contests, perhaps the most welcoming sign for the Warriors could be that of Klay Thompson. The second-year sharp-shooter from Washington State had struggled mightily for the better part of the last two weeks, but he came through huge in Wednesday’s win over the Nets. His 23 points and 10 field goals made were season highs, and he’ll certainly try to build on that moving forward.
TIME TO BOARD
One simple formula has proven true for the Warriors this season … Win the rebounding battle, win the game. The Warriors are 7-0 when out-boarding their opponents this season and 0-5 when they fall short on the glass. Coincidence or not, David Lee has been critical to the team’s work on the glass. He’s riding a streak of five-straight double-doubles and he now ranks seventh in the NBA with 11.0 rebounds per game.
DENVER SCOUTING REPORT
The Nuggets and Warriors are alike in a lot of ways. Each team takes a committee approach to offensive production, as opposed to one star player who dominates the stats, and each is an adept rebounding squad. Denver leads the league in rebounding differential (+8.5) and they are an especially dangerous team on the offensive glass. Denver out-worked the Warriors on the glass 65-54 in their first head-to-head matchup, and the Warriors will need to do better in that department if they are to pick up their fifth win in the last six games.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab), Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) and Richard Jefferson (right calf strain) are out.
DEN: Wilson Chandler (left hip) and Julyan Stone (right hip) are out.