Gameday: Warriors vs. Heat - 1/16/13
Little went right for the Warriors in their 92-75 loss to defending champion Miami Heat on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. Playing without Stephen Curry, who suffered a sprained right ankle during the team’s shootaround earlier in the day, the Warriors shot 36 percent from the field and issued 21 turnovers. Jarrett Jack started in place of Curry and finished with a team-high 16 points and David Lee contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds. On a historical note, LeBron James (25 points and 10 assists) became the youngest NBA player to surpass 20,000 career points. The Warriors will look to get back on track on Friday when they open a road back-to-back in San Antonio.
On tonight's game:
“Disappointing. We didn’t play our brand of basketball. I felt at times we didn’t compete. At the end of the day, the thing that was most discouraging is that at times, when we missed shots, we put our heads down – discouraged. It affects us in different aspects of the game and that can’t happen. We certainly have to be better. You move this one aside and you come ready tomorrow to get better. Disappointing, but we faced a team that remembered what took place in South Beach and came with a mindset to make a point both individually and collectively. That’s what great players do – all-time great players. I thought Dwyane Wade did that with Klay (Thompson) remembering what took place in South Beach and I thought LeBron James played with an edge all night long to rally his guys”
On the early turnovers:
“They got into us early and we were not meeting force with force. We were careless and that hurt us. Against teams like that you can’t allow them to get it going in transition because you are in for a full fight. That hurt us.”
On if the team became demoralized during the game:
“I’ve seen it from them sporadically. I’ve seen it from different individuals, but I haven’t seen it much as a group. That was the disappointing thing tonight. One thing I told them is that we build a cushion not to fight off everybody, but we build a cushion to build another one.”
On if the loss can be attributed to not having Stephen Curry:
“That’s the easy way out. We are a no excuse basketball team. One thing I told them was that they made a heck of a case for Stephen Curry to be in the All-Star game. If we can go from a top notch team to the team that played tonight just with missing one guy, that says a lot about him. We still had a veteran guy in Jarrett Jack and a proven guy in Charles (Jenkins) - across the board we didn’t get it done.”
On turning the ball over:
“They’re a team who’s a defensively minded ball club. We kind of allowed them to get into a rhythm offensively by not taking care of the ball early and they’re a team that makes you pay for it on the other end.”
On the Heat seeking revenge:
“Probably that and they’ve been going through a tough stretch as well. I know they were looking for a game to kind of get themselves back on track and definitely I’m sure they remember us. You know you kind of remember a team that comes into your home building and outplays you for 48 minutes. That’s what they did to us tonight.”
On going through a tough stretch:
“I think we will be fine but every team goes through peaks and valleys. You know how deep and how high (you go) is all relative to every ball club. The best thing we have is a chance to go to San Antonio to correct it and get back to our style of play. Everyone is going to point to Stephen [Curry] being out or whatever the case may be, of course we would love him in the lineup but that one person isn’t going to save the way we have been playing the past couple of games."
SHOWDOWN AT ORACLE ARENA
Ask any Warriors fan what has been their favorite part of the 2012-13 season and there is a strong likelihood that they’ll answer with Jarrett Jack finding Draymond Green for a game-winning shot in the final seconds of a Warriors win in Miami. That play has been one of the defining moments of the 2012-13 campaign, and the Warriors will like to create another signature victory over the star-studded Miami squad on Wednesday. This will mark this season’s lone Bay Area appearance of LeBron James and company, and there are still a limited number of tickets available.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors ran out of gas in the fourth quarter on Sunday night, falling to the Nuggets 116-105. Stephen Curry had another superb shooting night, scoring 29 points including seven three-pointers. David Lee recorded his 23rd double-double of the season with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Harrison Barnes also scored a new career-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds. The Warriors will look to bounce back on Wednesday when they take on the Miami Heat at home.
The Warriors’ schedule since the dawning of the New Year has been nothing short of daunting. Each of their five opponents so far are currently in position to make the postseason and the reigning NBA champs are up next on the docket. The Warriors have risen to the occasion when facing elite opponents, having gone 11-4 against teams with winning records. That success does not only put the team in better position in the standings, but it also provides the team with a confidence or a swagger that they can compete under the spotlight.
MAKING A SPLASH
When the Warriors last played the Heat, LeBron James was very complimentary of the Warriors backcourt, calling Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson the best shooting tandem in the NBA. The duo is increasingly becoming known as The Splash Brothers, and they are certainly living up to that reputation. Curry is tied for the NBA lead with 113 made 3-pointers and he ranks second in 3-point percentage (.461), while Thompson is third in the league with 96 made treys. The Warriors and Heat are both elite 3-point shooting teams, and there is no question the Dubs will need to be on from the perimeter to complete a season sweep of one of the best teams in the NBA.
MIAMI SCOUTING REPORT
The Heat will be playing their fifth of six-straight games on the road, and they’ve lost three of their first four games on this trip. With that said, they are still the reigning champs, and they still have the best player on the planet in LeBron James. Closing out games is something the Warriors have struggled with this season, but they’ll need to correct that against a Heat team that has won eight games this season when trailing in the fourth quarter. In addition to James (26.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg, & 6.9 apg), Miami’s perennial All-Stars of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen are all capable of putting up big numbers, and then there’s Mario Chalmers, who drilled 10 3-pointers during a recent win in Sacramento. There’s no question that Miami is loaded with talent, but the Warriors have beat them before and they’ll look to do so again on Wednesday.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out. Stephen Curry (right knee sprain) and Andris Biedrins (strained right groin) are questionable.
MIA: Shane Battier (strained right hamstring) and Joel Anthony (ankle) are gametime decisions.