Gameday: Warriors at Cavaliers - 1/29/13
The Warriors rode the hot hand of Klay Thompson in Tuesday’s 108-95 road win over the Cavaliers. The second-year guard caught fire over the second and third quarters and finished the night with career-highs of 32 points and six three-pointers. Thompson was one of several Warriors players to step up, as the team was without Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry. Jarrett Jack replaced Curry in the starting lineup and logged 26 points and 12 a career-high tying 12 assists, while David Lee flirted with a triple-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. After winning the last two games of this four-game road trip, the Warriors will return to Oracle Arena to host the Mavericks on Thursday in a nationally televised contest, and tickets start at $25.
On tonight's game:
"It was very easy to chalk one up and say we were shorthanded. We had every excuse to walk out of here with a loss. I challenged them and they stepped up to the challenge ... It’s great for these guys because people around the league need to know that we don’t just win with our stars. We’re a total team. "
On Klay Thompson's performance:
"I knew for us to have a big night, Klay was going to have to score the basketball. He did a great job offensively. He scored. I love the fact that he rebounded."
On Thompson Defending Irving:
"He defended the best guy on the court in Kyrie Irving. I understand he wasn’t 100% but no matter what, when you step on the floor you’re alive."
On tonight's game:
"We could have just layed it down when we didn’t have four of our premier players but we had bench guys come in and do big things. It shows the depth of this team."
On ending the road trip with a win:
"It’s a big momentum swing going back home to Oakland. We needed to come in here and get this win. We couldn’t go 1-3 on this trip. We are a good road team, but even better at home."
On playing in Cleveland:
"It’s a great shooting building. There’s something about Cleveland."
On tonight's game:
"Everybody stepped up tonight. With a bunch of guys out, Coach said it before (the game) that we could have chosen to mail this one, last game of the road trip. Cleveland came in playing much better basketball. Instead we got a contribution from pretty much everyone who came into the game."
On dealing with injuries:
"We are all on the same page and no matter who’s out there, we’re still going to play Warriors’ basketball and play the way the coaching staff has decided."
After defeating the Raptors on Monday night, the Warriors have an opportunity to break even as they face the Cavaliers to conclude a stretch of four games in five nights. So far this season, Golden State has unconventionally fared better in the second game of a back-to-back (7-4) than the first (5-7). After starting out this four-game roadtrip with two losses, back-to-back road wins would be an emotional boost for the team before they return home to face the Mavericks on Thursday.
LAST TIME OUT
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. 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 received a huge boost from a huge man when it was announced that Andrew Bogut would return to action and join the starting lineup on Monday in Toronto. Appearing in his first game since November 7, he certainly did not disappoint. Registering 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists in just 23 minutes, Bogut displayed the ability to dominate in the low-post, as well as facilitate the offense with his adept passing ability. Perhaps even more noticeable was his impact on the defensive end where he recorded four huge blocks and altered several other shots. This was the type of performance the Warriors and the rest of the league have come to expect from the seven-foot Australian, and it was certainly a pleasant sight to see him back in action.
BACK TO BASICS
It's been well established that the secrets to the Warriors’ success this season have been significant improvements in rebounding and team defense. It’s pretty simple: when the Warriors outrebound the opponent, they tend to win, as evidenced by their 21-3 record when doing so. More rebounds means more possessions, and subsequently, less opportunities for the opposing team to score. Such was the case on Monday when the Warriors outrebounded the Raptors 49-37 and outscored Toronto 18-12 on second-chance opportunities. After getting away from their fundamentals in two consecutive losses to begin this road trip, it’s clear that the Warriors will need to get back to basics if they hope to continue to build on the success they’ve had thus far this season.
CLEVELAND SCOUTING REPORT
It's been another tough season for the Cavaliers as indicated by their 13-32 record, which ranks as the third-worst in the league. They recently underwent a significant setback after losing their productive center Anderson Varejao, who was leading the league in rebounding at the time, for the season to a blood clot in his lung. A bright spot, however, has been the performance of their young phenom point guard Kyrie Irving, whose average of 24.2 points per game recently earned him the first All-Star selection of his career. He scored 28 points against the Warriors in their visit to Oracle Arena on November 7, and keeping him in check will be crucial if the Warriors hope to return home with a win.
GSW: Stephen Curry (right ankle sprain) is questionable and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) is out.
CLE: Daniel Gibson (right great toe sprain) and Anderson Varejao (vastus medialis split/surgery) are out. Kyrie Irving (sick) and Luke Walton (sore left foot and ankle) are questionable.