Gameday: Warriors at Raptors - 1/28/13
Andrew Bogut returned to the starting lineup as the Warriors got back to their winning ways, defeating the Raptors 114-102. David Lee led the way for the Warriors with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Bogut recorded 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in his first action since November 7. Klay Thompson added 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Stephen Curry scored 17 points and dished out five assists. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry chipped in 14 and 12 points off the bench, respectively, and Harrison Barnes tallied 14 points and five rebounds. The Warriors will look to make it two road wins in two nights when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow.
What did you think of Andrew Bogut?:
“He was great. He is a weapon on the offensive end. He has the ability to pass, to defend, to block shots, and make plays. He makes me a better coach.”
Do you think people forget what Andrew Bogut can bring to a game?:
“Not the opposing coaches. They are very familiar with what he is capable of doing. It was great to see him out there on the floor doing those things. He makes guys better, and he completes us as a team.”
How great is it to have someone like Richard Jefferson:
“It makes a difference. That was one of the things we wanted to do last year when we were searching for answers. This year we went and got a legitimate backup guard that is as good as any backup guard in the league. He has the ability to start, he is tough, he can lead, and he is not afraid of the moment. It is great for him to be ready and bring this one home.”
Thoughts on the game?:
“I think we finally got to settle in today. We are only going to get better working together. We had 62 points in the paint tonight, I thought that was because we really focused on going inside and finishing at the rim. I was really happy with the way it went.”
How important was this game after getting beat on the boards a little bit?:
“It was huge to get back into the winning ways tonight and give ourselves a chance to make this into a successful road trip tomorrow night. Another successful road trip is great. We needed this one tonight absolutely. Andrew (Bogut) really helped us defensively, I thought Jarrett (Jack) had a really good second half and Carl (Landry) gave us some big buckets. We got a contribution from everybody and I hope Steph (Curry) is doing okay, it looks like he is going to be fine. We move onto the next one.”
What does Andrew Bogut do for your offensive game?:
“I think they really need to honor him, when he rolls. As we go on our high low game is going to be very effective, just because it hard for teams to help in on that high low because you such good shooters on the wing. It is going to create some more problems for other team’s defences. First and foremost Andrew’s (Bogut) contribution is he anchors our defence and I felt like I became a better defender tonight because he is constantly talking to me, and constantly rotating to get my back and vice-versa.”
Thoughts on having Andrew Bogut back?:
“It was a big help. Dre (Andris Biedrins) did a good job holding down the centre position, but to have the guy we thought we were going to have coming into the season, he showed tonight how he can clog the paint, protect the rim and make plays on the offensive end. It is a huge bonus for us to have him back. He is a presence, you see a big body like that it might deter guys from coming into the paint.”
How is your ankle?:
“It feels alright, same situation I just stepped on someone’s foot and have to see how it responds tomorrow.”
Thoughts on finally being back?:
“Yes definitely. It has been a long season for me so far, a frustrating season mentally and physically. To be out there running up and down the court and especially to get the win, it was very satisfying. I was excited to be out there and play basketball again. It has been a bumpy ride but I think it is at a stage now where I am ready to progress.”
After suffering losses on Friday and Saturday night, the Warriors will find themselves right back in the thick of it, taking on the Raptors on Monday and the Cavaliers on Tuesday. So far this season, Golden State has unconventionally fared better in the second game of a back-to-back (7-4) than the first (4-7). After starting out this four-game roadtrip with two losses, there’s no question they would like to break even with two straight wins.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors dropped a 109-102 back-and-forth shootout in Milwaukee Saturday night. Golden State lost the battle of the boards for the second night in a row, pulling down 50 to Milwaukee’s 58. Stephen Curry scored 20 of his game-high 26 in the first half including five 3-pointers while Klay Thompson put in 19 with three 3’s of his own. David Lee delivered his 27th double-double of the season with 12 points and 15 boards. Carl Landry had a double-double of his own with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Jarrett Jack also had a double-double off the bench with 13 points and 10 assists.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES OFF THE BENCH
Carl Landry’s 13 point, 14 rebound night in his hometown of Milwaukee marked his fourth double-double of the year and his third off the bench. Meanwhile Jarrett Jack’s 13 point, 10 assist total gave him his sixth of the year and his fifth off the bench. This production is making it hard to determine who the Warriors most valuable sixth man is, although that’s not a bad problem to have.
CURRY GOING STREAKING
Stephen Curry’s 26 point outing on Saturday marked his eighth consecutive game with 20 or more, tying the longest streak of his career. This last streak occurred this season, from November 24 through December 10. Look for Curry to have another big game on Monday as he posts career averages of 30.3 points, 8.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds against the Raptors.
TORONTO SCOUTING REPORT
Perhaps the most interesting dynamic on the Raptors lineup is their two-headed monster at the point guard position. The offseason acquisition of Kyle Lowry hasn’t worked out quite as Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo had hoped as Jose Calderon regained his starting spot early in the season. Nonetheless, the two point guards pose different challenges to defenses. Where Calderon can spread the floor with his strong shooting, Lowry can create off his explosive dribble penetration. The Warriors ability to adapt to whoever is running the Toronto offense will be a key to victory on Monday.
GSW: Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) is out.