Gameday: Warriors at Bulls - 1/25/13
The below freezing temperatures in Chicago were symbolic of the Warriors’ shooting woes in their 103-87 loss to the Bulls on Friday. The Warriors trailed by as many as 26 and were never able to trim that deficit into single digits. David Lee led the Warriors with 23 points and six rebounds while Stephen Curry added 21 points in the defeat. Klay Thompson added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 34.6 percent against one of the top defenses in the game. After stumbling in the start of their four-game road trip, the Warriors will look to bounce back on Saturday when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks.
On tonight's game:
"We just got out-worked tonight. We did not have the right mind set from the start. That was not Warrior basketball. We talked about going out at half time and then held them to around 40 points in the 2nd half. We need to play like that, and that was the difference."
On being out-rebounded:
"They just out-worked us across the board. Rebounding, aggressive cuts, are what they did all night. It was just a very disappointing performance by us. Normally we out rebound the teams we play, and we didn't do that tonight. We usually get stops and then push the ball. I want us to be aggressive. Tonight we just didn't get stops in that 1st half."
On their lack of size:
"We know who we are and what we have to do to win games. Sometimes we lack size on the floor but we find ways to be successful. It's a fact that we know we can do it. Tonight was not a lack of size, it was a lack of effort."
On tonight's game:
"From the start they executed offensively at a high level. We just didn't execute or match that high intensity. We had to fight to get good looks. We got to playing better and got back in it in the 3rd and 4th quarters, but just lost energy."
On the team's lack of energy:
"We were just a step slow and they were a little more physical. Most nights we have been able to hang our hat on who we were and out-rebound teams. Tonight they did a good job. Joakim, Boozer, and Butler established them as the more physical team. The only way to beat them is to match that effort."
On tonight's game:
"We didn't help ourselves from the get go. Our offense was very indifferent. Our poor rebounding and defense cost us. They made their move and really established the game in the 1st quarter."
RETURN OF THE ROAD WARRIORS
The Warriors take a three-game winning streak into a four-game road trip that opens Friday in Chicago. And if this trip goes anything like the team’s previous extended roadie, there won’t be many complaints coming from Dub Nation. Last month, the team went on a season-defining 6-1 road trip that included a signature win over the Miami Heat. Now the Warriors will look to duplicate that success, as eight of their next 12 games will be played on the road.
LAST TIME OUT
In an electric back-and-forth matchup between two of the top teams in the West, the Warriors outlasted the Thunder to win 104-99. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two of the league's best scorers, went head-to-head with both players scoring over 30 points. Curry finished with 31 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals, with 13 points coming in the 3rd quarter. David Lee added 22 points, 12 rebounds, giving him his 26th double-double of the year as well as his league-leading 17th 20-point, 10 rebound game. Klay Thompson had 19 points and Carl Landry came off the bench to add 20 points and 7 rebounds, his fourth such game. Kevin Durant, who leads the league in scoring, had 33 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 blocks on the night. The Warriors are now 26-15 on the season, and is the only team in the league to have beaten the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Clippers this season.
HEY NOW, YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR
It took 17 years, but the drought is finally over. David Lee was selected as a Western Conference All-Star reserve on Thursday, becoming the first Warriors player to be picked for the annual All-Star showcase since Latrell Spreewell in 1997. It’s the second All-Star selection of Lee’s career, and there’s no doubt he deserves it either. Among NBA leaders, Lee ranks second in double-doubles (26), eighth in rebounds, 12th in scoring, 13th in minutes and 18th in field goal percentage. The eighth-year forward has posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game 17 times this season (most in the NBA) and is the only player in the league averaging at least 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists per contest. It’s been a spectacular first-half of the season for Lee, who’s helped lead the Warriors to their best start since the 1991-92 season.
Friday’s matchup in Chicago will mark the official beginning of the second half of the regular season for the Warriors. Golden State exceeded most expectations by going 26-15, and now the challenge is to duplicate that success over the next 41 games and into the playoffs. After losing five of six games– earlier this month, the Warriors have bounced back in impressive passion. Their last two wins have come against teams with the top two records in the NBA (Clippers on Monday, Thunder on Wednesday), and in each of those games they came back from fourth-quarter deficits of seven and eight points, respectively. Now, the Warriors must display that toughness and determination on the road, and they’ll get their first chance at that on Friday against the Bulls.
NOT AN ALL-STAR, BUT ...
Count Charles Barkley among those who think Stephen Curry got snubbed out of an All-Star selection. The outspoken Hall of Famer was adamant in his questioning of the coaches leaving the Warriors guard off the squad during Thursday’s edition of Inside the NBA. All-Star or not Curry is enjoying a fantastic season and the Warriors will gladly see a repeat of his production from the first half of the season. Curry ranks eighth in scoring, third in three-point percentage and tied for 13th in assists. In addition, he has been especially hot as of late, scoring 20 or more points in 12 of the last 14 games. Furthermore, he has on pace to become the first player in NBA history to shoot better than 45 percent on 3-pointers while averaging at least six attempts from long range per game.
CHICAGO SCOUTING REPORT
As impressive as the Warriors have been so far this season, Chicago isn’t far behind in the running for biggest surprise of the league. After losing superstar point guard Derrick Rose to a gruesome knee injury in the first game of the opening round of the playoffs last season, many questioned if the Bulls would be able to maintain their position amongst the Eastern Conference elite while Rose continued his rehab. Well, question answered. At 25-16, Chicago currently occupies the fourth best record in the East, and has displayed the same tenacious team defense that has made them such a tough matchup ever since Head Coach Tom Thibodeau took over the helm. Led by recent All-Star reserve selections Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, they rank third in the NBA allowing 91.3 points per game. Solving the riddle that is the Chicago defense will certainly be a key for the Warriors if they hope to make it four impressive victories in a row.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.
CHI: Derrick Rose (left knee) is out. Luol Deng (right hamstring) is a game-time decision.