Gameday: Warriors vs. Suns- 2/20/13


The Warriors snapped their six-game losing streak with a 108-98 win over the visiting Suns Wednesday night. Stephen Curry led a balanced attack with 20 points and 11 assists while Klay Thompson poured in a game-high 28 on his Bobblehead Night. David Lee added in 19 and 11 and Andrew Bogut pulled down 11 boards, dished five assists and sent away three shots. Jarrett Jack came off the bench and dropped in 21 points for the Warriors, who will be back in action Friday night when they host the Spurs in the debut of the new short-sleeve jerseys.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's win:
“It’s a big time relief. I talked about it being the biggest game of the season for us and I loved the way my guys came out and sent the message to say that’s exactly what it was. It was important for me, I had my daughter and my sister fly in – we needed reinforcements. Just a big time win for my guys, I’m extremely proud of them. Now the task is to continue it. Turn one win into two wins and continue to get back to where we once were and who we truly are.”
On if he told his team this was the biggest game of the year:
“Absolutely. I’m not going to pull any punches. I’m going to hold them accountable and I will demand this type of play from them. I believe in this team, individually and collectively. I talked about it – we’re not going to panic. It’s a young basketball team that has a lot of fight in them. I loved the way they responded. That’s a Phoenix team that’s playing much harder, Lindsey Hunter is doing an outstanding job, and they had a big win in Portland last night. They were well prepared, but this is a game we should have won and we did win. I liked the fashion in which we did it.”
On what he told his team late in the fourth quarter:
“I thought my guys were a little tired. They put forth a lot of energy on both sides of the ball – you can forget how to win it’s been so long. I just want to remind them that we needed to execute and we had to pay attention to details and bring this thing home. I thought it was the right time to stop, gather and to reinforce the message.”
On if he felt his team played better overall:
“There is no question we played differently. Tonight we gave up 98 points. We defended, we got after it, we executed, we made plays and I thought we had some special individual performances. This is who we are.”
On Andrew Bogut:
“I thought he responded very well. Make may no mistake about it, he didn’t play up to par last night – he owned it. The big time players bounce back. A live body that wasn’t feeling well earlier and he didn’t make any excuses and he came prepared and fought through a body that was probably telling him take a night off. He rebounded the basketball, had some big blocked shots and made some big plays on the offensive end.”
Stephen Curry
On responding the Mark Jackson's pregame comments:
“I think we played close to a 40-minute game. Of course they made runs to try and get back in the game but we answered every run they had. At the end of the game with six minutes when you have a decent lead at home you have to get stops and rebound to keep that and not coast but foul-to-finish at the end of the game.”
On Andrew Bogut:
“He played great. He’s trying to find his rhythm in the post and that’s an area he’d like to attack, but he’s blocking shots and rebounding. The way he’s shooting the ball and having beautiful assists, cutting to the basket and the chemistry between him and David (Lee) as well, he’s a good outlet to have.”
Jarrett Jack
On the Suns being the last opponent they beat before tonight:
“Maybe we need to play them more often I guess. With that being said, they have a great team and the coaching change has something to do with it. They’re a team that won’t quit. We came in and had a complete game against them, that’s something we hadn’t done in a while.”
On not having to talk about the losing streak anymore:
“We never really talk about the streak, we just talk about us playing well. We had got away with that the last six games, and maybe a little before that. When you kind of let your guard down it gets you into situations like that. We’re back on the winning side of things so hopefully we keep it that way.”
Klay Thompson
On Bobblehead Night:
“I was very inspired by it. It’s crazy to think I have a bobblehead now; it was kind of a pinch-yourself moment. I used to collect bobbleheads—especially baseball ones—as a kid, so it’s pretty cool.”
On Coach Jackson calling it the biggest game of the season:
“We needed it bad. I mean, we have a tough schedule ahead of us going on a seven-day road trip, so these are the ones we need to have. We needed this one bad.”
Wednesday’s contest will be the third of four matchups between the Warriors and Suns this season. Golden State has won both of the previous meetings, with the most recent being a 113-93 victory at home on February 2. A limited number of tickets are still available for this Pacific Division showdown, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Klay Thompson Bobblehead, courtesy of Lucky.
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.
With losses in each of their last six games, the Warriors are in desperate need of a win. And perhaps the Suns will be the remedy to Golden State's current woes. Their last victory came at the expense of Phoenix earlier this month, which was the Warriors' fourth-straight win over their divisional foes. A victory on Wednesday would give the Dubs a season series win over the Suns for the second consecutive season, and Golden State hasn’t won the series with Phoenix in consecutive seasons since winning four-straight from the 1973-74 season through 1976-77.
Five of the team’s six-straight losses have come on the road, and there’s no question that the Warriors will be happy to return to Oracle Arena, even if it is on the back end of a back-to-back. Golden State is 16-7 at home this season, and their 23 home games are the fewest of any team in the NBA. Wednesday’s contest begins a stretch in which the Dubs will play 18 of their final 29 games at home.
Like the Warriors, the Suns will be playing on the back end of a back-to-back after they posted a close road win in Portland on Tuesday night. Point guard Goran Dragic registered 18 assists in that contest, marking the third highest single-game assist total in the NBA this season. Minimizing Dragic’s effectiveness as a playmaker will be key for the Warriors, who have struggled on the defensive side of the floor in recent weeks.
Featured Promotion
First 10,000 fans receive a limited edition Klay Thompson Bobblehead, courtesy of Lucky.
Injury Report
GSW: Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.

PHO: Channing Frye (enlarged heart) is out.


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