Gameday: Warriors at Spurs - 1/18/13
The Warriors went toe to toe with one of the best teams in the NBA but could not make enough shots down the stretch in Friday’s 95-88 loss in San Antonio. David Lee had 22 points and seven assists while Jarrett Jack added 20 points and 10 assists for the Warriors, who played their second-straight game without injured guard Stephen Curry. Golden State led for most of the first half, but the Spurs rallied in the second half behind Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, who combined for 49 points. Klay Thompson knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 21 points and Carl Landry chipped in with 15 points off the bench for the Warriors, who made less than 40 percent of their shot attempts in the fourth period. Golden State has now lost three-straight games for the first time this season, and they’ll look to get back on track on Saturday in New Orleans.
On tonight's game:
"I was really happy with our team’s energy and effort. We took care of the basketball and competed. We lost to a very good team in their building. They (the Spurs) made plays and they made some tough shots. You have to give them credit. I really liked the way my team competed tough."
On Stephen Curry's Health:
"We don’t know, we’re taking it day-by-day. He’ll be fine. We’re being real cautious with it. We’re just making sure that he’s alright before he comes back."
On the positives from the loss:
"We competed. We competed on the defensive end. We took care of the basketball. We executed offensively. They (the Spurs) made some tough plays. They have a history of doing just that. I’m disappointed in the loss, but at the same time I really like the way my team go after it."
On tonight's game:
"I think we played well. One area that we’re trying to get better in is limiting our turnovers and we did a good job of that tonight. We didn’t have a turnover until the second quarter. I think the first turnover was a three second violation and the second was an illegal screen. That’s an area we’re trying to improve in and I think we got better tonight."
On the Spurs:
"They’re a good team. We tip our hat off to them. You look up in the arena and they have banners. They’ve been there before and been together for a while. They didn’t have Manu (Ginobili) tonight, but they played well. I think we did a good job of controlling the game for the most part and just late down the stretch we weren’t able to hit shots and execute and they came up with the win."
On Tiago Splitter:
"He’s been playing well. He does a good job of finding an open area and taking shots that he was capable of making. He’s a good defender as well. He runs the floor and seals for early post-ups. He’s a really good addition to this team."
On tonight's game:
"I thought we got good shots offensively. It seemed like we were playing a little more up-tempo in the first half and in transition, but I liked the shots that we got. They’re a very solid defensive team and they’re very solid offensively. They just grind you down, so give them credit for doing what they do best."
On the lessons from the loss:
"Unfortunately, we were shorthanded tonight again. This kind of loss is a lot easier to handle than the game against Miami where they played harder than we did for 48 minutes. I thought tonight we matched the Spurs’ intensity. Towards the end of the game, they did what they do best by going to (Tim) Duncan and (Tony) Parker and have their role players do what they do. Give them credit. They played a good game at home. We were shorthanded, but I was much happier with the way our team looked."
On the team's defense:
"More than anything, I think we held down our turnovers tonight. We didn’t give them a lot of easy buckets. Even against Miami, they shot low 40’s percentage-wise. The biggest thing we’ve been doing is that we’ve been turning the ball over and giving up some second-chance opportunities. When we’re at our best, that is one of our strengths, our rebounding. Tonight, we did a pretty good job on the boards and we kept our turnovers down. We just didn’t quite finish the way they did. They hit some tough shots down the stretch."
BACK ON THE ROAD
The Warriors open a two-day, two-game road trip on Friday and they’ll do so in a place that has been unfriendly to them through the years. The Warriors have lost 27-straight games in San Antonio, a streak that stretches back to February 14, 1997, but that’s not the streak the team is most concerned about. Rather, it’s the four losses in the last five games that motivates the Warriors, and they’ll look to snap out of that funk against one of the top teams in the NBA.
LAST TIME OUT
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, 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 WORD ON STEPH
After sitting out Wednesday’s loss with a sprained right ankle, suffered during the team’s shootaround earlier in the day, Stephen Curry remains questionable for this two-game road trip. X-rays on Curry’s ankle were negative and he is traveling with the team to San Antonio. Whether or not he plays will be based on his progress in his recovery.
The Warriors (.390 3-point percentage) and Spurs (.391) are two of the top 3-point shooting teams in the NBA, and neither squad passes up an open look from the perimeter very often. Both squads hoist at least 20 treys a game, but relying on the 3-point shot might not be the best idea, especially on the road. The Warriors knocked down 13 of their 24 3-point attempts in Denver on Sunday, but still came home with a loss in that contest. With that said, what transpires beyond the arc on Friday will be something to keep an eye on, and who knows, it may very well turn into a preview of next month’s 3-Point Shootout at NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston.
SAN ANTONIO SCOUTING REPORT
The San Antonio Spurs are on a 13-home game win streak, and they’ve scored at least 100 points in all but one of those contests. With Manu Ginobili out due to a strained left hamstring, the Spurs look to All-Star veterans Tony Parker and Tim Duncan to lead the third-place team in the Western Conference to their 31st win of the season. The Spurs have struggled with turnovers lately, averaging 17 a game in their last five games, which is good news for the Warriors and their significantly improved defense. The Spurs bring experience while the Warriors are a much younger ball club, but both teams are ranked in the top ten in 3-point field goals, free throw, and field goal percentage.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out. Stephen Curry (right knee sprain) is questionable.
SAS: Manu Ginobili (grade 1 left hamstring strain) is out.