Gameday: Warriors at Hornets - 1/19/13
The Warriors ended their three-game losing streak Saturday night and eclipsed last season’s win total in the process, defeating the Hornets 116-112. On a night they were without David Lee, Klay Thompson led the Warriors in scoring with 29 points including five three-pointers. Point guards Stephen Curry (20/7) and Jarrett Jack (25/12) combined for 45 points and 19 assists, while Carl Landry notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in his first start with the Warriors. Festus Ezeli set a new career-high with 13 points, and Richard Jefferson chipped in 11 points off the bench. The Warriors will look to make it two wins in a row when they host the Clippers on Monday.
On former Hornet Jarrett Jack's performance down the stretch:
"He was special. He was awfully good. He’s a guy who puts a lot of time in. He had a couple tough outings prior to this, but he’s a pro and we believe in him. And obviously there was something extra coming back and playing against former teammates. He made big plays for us, and it was a great win for our team in general."
On the difficulties overcoming the Hornets and his view on the Hornets’ future:
"The future is bright for this team. If you think about where they’re going to be financially and (draft) pick-wise with the talent that they have, it is scary. They’ve got an excellent head coach in Monty and a lot of talent. They put pressure on you defensively. They have guys who can knock down shots and guys who can make plays, and they got on a run. They shot 60 percent in the first half and we cooled them down to 57 percent for the game. I loved the way our team battled. We had every right to fold the tent and settle at about 5:30 to go, but we battled, got stops and made plays."
On finding another way to win while sticking to their identity:
"This was different, but our identity remains. We defended and battled, and we made mistakes but we didn’t quit. We rebounded and made adjustments and offensively I thought we executed and made plays. The thing I was most proud of is that we didn’t hang our heads, even when things weren’t going our way. It was a big time victory."
On the win against the Hornets:
"They’ve been playing well, especially since they got Eric Gordon back. We’ve been struggling a little bit. We have been a little banged up a little bit more than usual. This game was big for us, especially with some of the games coming up."
On finally being able to play after injuries:
"It’s been a difficult stretch for me over the last couple of months. I got injured in the preseason and tried to play through it. I wasn’t that successful. I didn’t shoot the ball particularly well. Then when I tried to take the time off and finally get healthy, the team was playing great and I lost my spot in the rotation. I just had a lot of faith in our team and the coaches that they are going to give me an opportunity to get my spot back and get back to a regular rotation."
On why Jarrett Jack is a good player:
"He is just such a gritty, gritty player. He is not the most athletic player. He is not the quickest player. He just has so much grit and so much heart. He is such a competitor. He is yelling at the bigs. He’s yelling at the smalls. He is such an intelligent player. He wants to win. I think that he also recognizes that this is a great opportunity for him, not only as an individual, but this is one of the better teams that he has had the pleasure of being on; so, he knows that these opportunities are rare and he wants to maximize them."
On winning against his former team:
"People tend to say that you play with a chip on your shoulder when you play against your old team. I play with a chip on my shoulder all of the time. Nothing has ever been given to me in this league. I always feel like every night, I just try to go out and prove myself no matter if I am playing against the Hornets, the Lakers, or the Bobcats. I have the same mentality each and every night, even though when I was on the way here my Ipod played, even though I had it on shuffle, a James Brown song came on (called) ‘The Big Payback.’ That was kind of weird."
On his play late in the fourth quarter:
"It was just a testament to my teammates, being the threat that they are allowed me to get into the lane. When I am able to do that, I just try to take advantage and come through for my team."
It just started, but the Warriors’ road trip is already about to come to an end. The two-day, two-game road trip wraps up with this season’s second of four head-to-head meetings with the Hornets. Golden State won the first matchup, a 103-96 triumph that saw David Lee put up 26 points and nine rebounds.
LAST TIME OUT
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.
The Warriors have already matched last season’s win total, and an awful lot of that has to do with their performance on the road this season. Golden State has won 11 games away from home this season, and they have been especially effective when playing on consecutive days. The Warriors are 6-3 when playing the back end of a back-to-back, and they can certainly use another win after losing each of their last three games and five of their last six overall.
ANSWERING THE CALL
Nobody is expected to fill the shoes of Stephen Curry, who has missed two straight games with a sprained right ankle, but Jarrett Jack has filled in admirably in his absence. Jack registered his third double-double of the season on Friday, his second of the 20-and-10 variety. He is a veteran who has experienced the ups and downs of the NBA, and the team will certainly need his leadership as they attempt to steady the ship.
NEW ORLEANS SCOUTING REPORT
The Hornets may have one of the worst records in the Western Conference, but they are also one of the hottest teams in the league. New Orleans has won six of their last seven games, and it’s no coincidence that this stretch has coincided with the return of Eric Gordon. The star guard has averaged 16.9 points since coming back from an injured right knee, and fellow guard Greivis Vasquez is having a stellar season with averages of 14.3 points and 9.0 assists (third in the NBA). The addition of Ryan Anderson gives New Orleans a legitimate 3-point threat and No. 1 pick Anthony Davis is getting better every day, but the Hornets still rank 28th in scoring and they are in the bottom third of the league in opponent field goal percentage (.460).
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab), Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) and David Lee (sprained left ankle) are out.