Gameday: Warriors vs. Rockets - 2/5/13
The Warriors fell victim to a 3-point barrage in Tuesday’s 140-109 loss in Houston. The Rockets shot 14-for-18 on 3-pointers in the first half and tied the NBA record with 23 made treys while handing the Warriors their first defeat in five games. Jarrett Jack led the Warriors in a losing cause with 20 points and five assists and David Lee added 18 points and seven rebounds. The Warriors won’t have much time to dwell on this one, as they continue their road trip on Wednesday against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On tonight's game:
"We got out-played. They made shots. Give them credit, move forward, and we play tomorrow night. We own it, we didn’t play well. Give them credit. By no means are we going to accept giving up that many points and giving up open threes and transitions shots. We’re disappointed in that and we’re going to get better at that. Some nights, its not your night and it wasn’t ours and we didn’t play particularly well. That doesn’t mean lay down and surrender. That’s not in our DNA."
On fouling at the end of the game:
"We’re not going to lay down. I’m an old school basketball player and an old school coach. If you cant appreciate that, that’s on you. We’re not going to lay down. If your going to try to get the record, we’re going to stop it. There is a way to do it, that’s all. Understand it, appreciate it, and I would expect nothing less if I was on the other side. As a team, we’re learning. Its nothing personal, but we hve a goal and we have a mindset. And this is not last years Warriors."
On tonight's game:
"We did not get back in transition and they were getting in the seams on pick and rolls, finding the paint too often. The way they spaced the floor when one guy gets in, then everybody else seemed open. We just have to make adjustments."
On the Rockets tying the NBA's single-game 3-pointers record:
"Throughout the whole game, you figured they’d cool off for just a minute, but we have to force them to take tougher shots and you just can’t give them open looks. They’re all NBA players and at any given time during the season, they can all get hot at the same time and it gets pretty ugly, pretty fast, especially if you don’t do anything about it. The crowd was into it and nobody likes to get embarrassed and give up NBA records. We tried to do what we could to not let that happen."
On tonight's game:
"They played really well, give them credit. They shot the ball great, there are going to be nights like that in the NBA. We’re going to play those guys three more times, but give them credit on those games."
On the Warriors' defense:
"I don’t think we played our best defensively. They were hitting the open looks, they were hitting contested shots and then when they hit outside jumpers, then their shot fakes works because you have to close out tighter. They shot the ball great, really from top to bottom."
On tonight's game:
"Our rotations were not good enough and you can see that from them hitting 23 threes. That really messes up the defense because you have to run them off the line and then they started getting a lot of lay ups and dunks. They really shot the ball well tonight and we really didn’t have an answer to try to stop them. We were just a step slow coming out of the gate and we couldn’t recover. When Houston got their feet set, even there misses looked good. Offensively, we were fine."
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Well that was quick. After defeating the Suns on Saturday, the Warriors completed an undefeated, albeit short, two-game homestand sandwiched in between two separate four-game roadtrips. The back end of this 10-game sequence begins with a trip to Houston to take on the Rockets, followed by visits to Oklahoma City, Memphis and Dallas. The Warriors, whose 14 road wins are tied for the third most in the NBA, will look to get off on the right foot with a win over the Rockets on Tuesday.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors made it four wins in a row and 30 wins on the season on Saturday after defeating the Suns 113-93. Stephen Curry led the way for the Dubs with 29 points and eight assists in his return to action. David Lee notched 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to become the first player in the NBA with four-straight 15/12/7 games since Kevin Garnett in 2003. Harrison Barnes tied a career-high with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go with eight rebounds. The win puts the Warriors 13 games above .500 for the first time all season.
LEAN ON LEE
David Lee is in the middle of quite an impressive streak. After notching 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in Saturday’s victory, he’s the first player in the NBA with four-straight 15/12/7 games since Kevin Garnett in 2003. He’s also recorded five-straight double-doubles, bumping up his league-leading total to 31. The majority of this streak, non-coincidentally, coincides with the return of Andrew Bogut to the lineup. When both members of the frontcourt duo are on the floor at the same time, it poses significant matchup problems for the opposing teams, particularly due to their proficiency in passing the ball. This early trend is a great sign for the Warriors, who can only expect their numbers to improve as they continue to get more acquainted with one another on the court.
NO "I" IN TEAM
But there is one in “assist”, a word that has become all too familiar to anybody watching the Warriors play recently. In Saturday’s win over the Suns, the Warriors had four players with seven-or-more assists, marking the first time in Golden State history that has occurred and the first team in the NBA to accomplish the feat since 2006. They’ve recorded 30-plus assists in two of their past three games, and all five Warriors’ starters have scored in double-figures in two of the last four. When you combine the prolific outside shooting of Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson with the skillful ball distribution of Bogut and Lee, the Warriors are continually seeing good looks at the basket while managing to get everyone involved on offense. They’ll look to continue this great team effort as they head out on a tough four-game roadtrip featuring multiple playoff-bound teams from the Western Conference.
HOUSTON SCOUTING REPORT
At 26-23 and currently occupying the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Rockets continue to be one of the more surprising teams in the NBA this season. After acquiring the dynamic James Harden in an offseason trade, the Rockets got off to a fast start paced by the play of the young All-Star phenom, who currently ranks fifth in the NBA with 25.8 points per game. They fell back to earth in January after losing seven straight games, but have picked up their play recently to win five of their last seven. Keeping Harden in check will be a key for the Warriors if they hope to come out of Houston with a season-high-tying fifth-straight victory.
GSW: Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.