Gameday: Warriors at Jazz - 2/19/13


A slow start coupled with a tough road environment was too much to overcome in Tuesday’s 115-101 loss in Utah. Big nights from Stephen Curry (29 points, 4 assists) and Jarrett Jack (19 points, 9 assists) kept the Warriors within striking distance for most of the contest, but it wasn’t enough to prevent their sixth-straight defeat. The Warriors never led in this contest and issued 14 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Jazz. Golden State won’t have much time to dwell on the defeat, as the team will look to break out of its current funk on Wednesday against the Suns.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
"They outworked us. Once again, defensively we were not sharp. We didn’t take care of the basketball in
stretches. It is another uncharacteristic performance by us and we have to find ourselves."
On shaking things up:
"I am not going to jump off this ship, I believe in my guys. One thing that will take place is guys are going to play
for their minutes. We have lost six in a row and haven’t played good basketball and I have been extremely
patient. I love my guys and I believe in them but we have got to find five guys on the floor that are going to
scratch, claw and compete because history tells me that the only way out of a funk like this is working our way
out of it. We aren’t going to cool our way out of this thing."
Andrew Bogut
On the team's defensive struggles:
"Small little breakdowns; each person does something different. It’s not always one guy or two guys…it’s hard to
pinpoint the problem right now. I think collectively it’s not going as well as it was."
On if it's time to make adjustments:
"I think it is. That’s up to (Head Coach Mark Jackson). We have guys in and out, but obviously we are searching
for something. Whatever he thinks works, we have his back."
David Lee
On if defense is the team's main concern moving forward:
"Yes, no question. (The Jazz) scored over 100 points tonight. That’s enough to get a win. We got back on the
boards tonight and outrebounded them by seven, so that wasn’t much of a concern tonight, but it was really
kind of the same issues we’ve been having – too many turnovers and not playing overall defense like we were
On what's causing the defensive miscues:
"That’s what is most frustrating – you can’t just point to one thing. It’s a little bit of everything and a little bit of
everybody. It seems like each time down the court it’s just a minor mistake by one guy, then another mistake by
another guy. Then there are times where guys just hit tough shots. You add all that together and you give up
another 115 points and lose another game."
On if it's time to make adjustments:
"That’s up to (Head Coach Mark Jackson). The most important thing is that we win. Whatever Coach decides to
do, we’ve been with him all season and that’s not going to change. I trust that he’ll make the right decision,
whatever that might be."
All-Star Weekend is over and the Warriors are wasting no time getting back on the grind. The playoff push begins with a trip to Utah, a place where road wins are hard to come by. On December 26, the Warriors earned a difficult road win while handing the Jazz their third home loss of the season with a 94-83 victory. That game saw excellent performances from several Warriors including 23 points, seven assists, and eight rebounds from Stephen Curry, 18 points and nine rebounds from David Lee, 18 points each from Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack, and a season-high 12 rebounds from Andris Biedrins. With a win on Tuesday, the Warriors will have their first two-game season sweep in Utah since the 1980-81 season.
The Warriors dropped a tough one to the Rockets last Tuesday evening, losing 116 - 107. Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 27 points & six assists. Klay Thompson scored 22 points and Jarrett Jack tallied 22 to go with five assists in his return to the lineup.
The Warriors were well represented at this year's All-Star Weekend with four players competing in three different events, highlighted by David Lee's participation in Sunday's All-Star Game. Stephen Curry competed in the Three-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday and Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes helped tip off the action in the Rising Stars Challenge. The Warriors foursome is now back with the team and ready to begin the unofficial second half of the season with Tuesday's game in Utah. Get a full recap of the Warriors at All-Star Weekend by clicking here.
With only 30 games left and the Warriors set to begin a push toward the playoffs, we tapped into the local blogosphere to take the pulse of Dub Nation. Check out our Bloggers Roundtable to see what five notable bloggers had to say about the Warriors and how they see the rest of the season unfolding.
Winning in Salt Lake City is no easy feat, proven by the Jazz's home record of 20-6, the seventh best in the league. Utah has a dynamic frontcourt of Paul Millsap , Derrick Favors, and veteran Al Jefferson, who is tied for the sixth most double-doubles in the league with 26 (David Lee leads with 33). Utah is slowly creeping up behind Golden State in the Western Conference rankings, so the Warriors will have to focus on defense in order to maintain their spot in the conference standings.
Injury Report
GSW: Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.

UTA: Gordon Hayward (right shoulder sprain) is doubtful. Mo Williams (right thumb surgery) is out.


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