Gameday: Grizzlies at Warriors - 1/9/13


The Warriors saw their comeback effort fall short in a 94-87 loss to the Grizzlies at home on Wednesday. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 44 points and six treys. Thompson also pulled down seven boards and dished a season-high seven assists. David Lee registered his 21st double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Carl Landry nearly missed one of his own with 13 and nine. The Warriors will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season on Friday when they host Portland.
Mark Jackson
On their matchups against the Grizzlies' frontcourt:
“I thought early on we had a tough time, not just our bigs, but overall in the first half. They were more physical than us, they imposed their will on us, we were out of sync and we had a tough time – not just with their bigs. It was a disappointing half. I thought we really responded in the second half. They scored 39 points in the second half. We battled and we made some tough plays. Down the stretch it was a two point ball game and we turned it over – careless mistake. Another two point ballgame and we get a duck-in by Festus (Ezeli) - I’d much rather him coming out setting a pick on the ball, but no matter what he got a good look. Rudy Gay hit a tough one in the corner. I thought we did not seal off our possessions defensively. Down the stretch they got some offensive rebounds that really hurt us. That’s a basketball team. You play them you are going to get better. They execute you to death and playing them will force you to get better.”
On going with Festus Ezeli and Andris Biedrins late in the game:
“They were getting great position on the block. They were posting up (Marc) Gasol, they were posting up Zach (Randolph) and they were hurting us. I just made the move to get two bigger bodies on them defensively. They were hurting us on the boards. When we are at our best, our perimeter guys are getting in there and rebounding the basketball. We just didn’t rebound. That’s on the bigs, but that’s also on the small guys as well.”
On his thoughts about going to a zone defense:
“I was thinking about it, but at the same time they countered with shooters. Tony Allen really didn’t play too much down the stretch, the zone basically attempted to take him out of the ballgame. They had, basically, four or five guys out there that could shoot the ball. We didn’t want to give them a steady diet of it. It was very effective and it did work. I thought our man-to-man defense did a good job down the stretch – we just didn’t rebound the way that we have been rebounding all season long. They hurt us on the offensive rebounds.”
Stephen Curry
On the matchup versus Memphis:
“They are a good team, a veteran team who has a lot of experience in the playoffs and grinding out games. They pretty much have the same unit back that they have had in the past two or three seasons. You have to play a whole 48 minute game, a smart efficient 48 minute game to beat them at home or on the road. They know how to play together. You have to give credit to them; they did what they had to do to win.”
On losing consecutive games:
“We played two teams who we are trying to chase. Two teams who are right there in front of us in the standings who we understand have been playing great basketball just like we have. There is no need to panic especially with the month we have coming with the teams coming and the teams on the road. We just have to keep grinding and play 48 minutes. It’s a disappointing loss tonight but I thought we played well but didn’t make enough plays down the stretch.”
David Lee
On tonight's game:
“I think the first half is where we lost the game. Getting down like we did, being down nine at half, usually if we are tied or up at the half we’re in pretty good shape. I thought we did a much better job defensively in the second half. They got comfortable in the first half and that helped them rhythm wise.”
On losing consecutive games:
“Against two very good teams, at the Clippers which a lot of people are saying is the best team in the league and versus Memphis here at home who’s playing very good basketball as well. No matter what it’s frustrating because we expect to win every game we play but we have to bounce back here against Portland in a few days and regroup. I’m proud of our guys’ effort but we just came up short.”
Wednesday’s contest will be the second of three matchups between the two teams this season. The Grizzlies won the first meeting 104-94 on November 2 in the Warriors home opener, the same game the Warriors lost Brandon Rush for the season to a knee injury. Both teams have been very successful in the meantime, compiling the fourth and fifth best records in the Western Conference. They’ll meet for the last time on February 8 in Memphis.
The Warriors suffered their worst loss of the season on Saturday night, falling to the Clippers 115 - 89 in Los Angeles. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 14 points. David Lee scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds. Stephen Curry added 10 points and five assists. Overall, 12 players scored for the Warriors in the losing effort.
It sounds obvious, but the two largest areas of improvement for the Warriors this season have been their commitment to defense and rebounding. The Warriors are tied for third in the NBA in opponent shooting percentage (.430) and team rebounding percentage (.523), and are tied for ninth in rebounding differential (+2.5). And best of all for the Warriors, that commitment is resulting in wins. The Warriors are 20-2 when winning the rebounding battle, but only 2-9 when out-rebounded by the opposition. They’re also 7-1 when holding their opponents to less than 40 percent shooting. In six of the previous seven seasons, the Warriors didn’t hold opponents under that mark as much as they have in the 2012-13 campaign, and there are still 49 games remaining on the schedule.
Perhaps one of the biggest differences between this year’s Warriors team and those of recent memory is their ability to respond following a loss. They have only lost back-to-back games once this season, falling to the Lakers and Nuggets on consecutive nights on November 9-10. Their ability to learn from their mistakes and re-focus following a loss has allowed the team to keep their momentum continuing forward. The Warriors will certainly hope to continue that trend against the Grizzlies following their disappointing performance on Saturday.
If there’s a team that matches up best against the Warriors, it just might be the Grizzlies. Both teams play a similar style, running their half-court offenses through their big men and capitalizing on the fast break when it presents itself. Not surprisingly, they have a couple All-Star candidates themselves. Power forward Zach Randolph leads the entire league with 22 double-doubles, just two more than the Warriors David Lee. When you factor in the likes of center Marc Gasol, forward Rudy Gay and point guard Mike Conley, you can see why Memphis is frequently mentioned in the title-contender discussion.
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Injury Report
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.

MEM: Josh Selby (personal reasons) is not with the team. Quincy Pondexter (grade-2 left MCL sprain) is out.


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