Gameday: Warriors at Celtics - 3/1/13
The Warriors struggled offensively throughout Friday’s 94-86 loss in Boston. Two days after setting the basketball world ablaze with his 54-point night in Madison Square Garden, Stephen Curry had a hard time finding the basket but still finished with 25 points and six assists. Harrison Barnes added 16 points and David Lee contributed 10 points and 19 rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 34 percent from the field and 22 percent from long distance. The Warriors have now lost three-straight games, and they’ll look to get back on track on Saturday when they close out their five-game road trip in Philadelphia.
On the game:
"I give them credit, they defended, but we missed shots. That’s who they are. They’re well prepared, extremely well prepared. Extremely well coached, and they battled. We missed shots, we turned the basketball over. We allowed them to get it going in transition a little bit. And they won the ballgame."
On Boston's defense on Stephen Curry:
"Doc is a heck of a coach and I’m sure he circles Steph Curry in matching up against the Golden State Warriors. So there’s no surprise. I see Avery Bradley went out on a limb and said he wouldn’t get 54 on him. Well welcome to the, everybody else other than the New York Knicks the other night because he didn’t get 54 on them. So with that being said, they played great defense, they battled and they won the ball game. They are playing much better than they were playing early on. I give them credit."
On his performance tonight:
"I felt good. I played a lot of minutes but that’s no excuse – you gotta just keep being aggressive. I thought we got a lot of good shots in the second half, it was just uncharacteristic of us not shooting the ball well when we’ve got good looks like that. Credit them – they played good defense in the first half and we stayed in the game. Couple shots fall and it might have been a different outcome. Those extra misses – those long rebounds – led to some easy fast break points for them. It just didn’t go our way tonight."
On trying to get to the free throw line:
"Once the game started, yeah. I knew Avery was going to try to pressure full court and stay by me pretty much the whole time I was out there. So for you to get a step, to just get to the paint, make plays – I think that’s probably the most free throws I’ve shot in a half. I was just trying to be aggressive. Obviously my shot wasn’t falling – I was kind of out of rhythm all night. Just gotta try to come back, get some rest to play tomorrow."
On the team's struggles during this road trip:
"It just makes this next game that much more important. It’s all you can do at this point is try to win this last one before you head home. We have a heavy home schedule down the stretch, so if we can get this next one and kind of make up for these last three games, it’ll be a good feeling for us. But we’re gonna have to fight for 48 minutes and again get ourselves out of a hole that we’ve dug to start this road trip."
On Avery Bradley's defense:
"That’s his reputation. That’s how he helps his team. I knew that coming in, I was prepared for it. When you play heavy minutes it does add on, knowing that you have to worry about him in the back court and trying to get the ball up the court. He’s a great defender and you have to give him credit for what’s he able to do out there."
On tonight's game:
"We got some great looks. I thought tonight the game was plyed at the Celtics pace. That’s the way they want to play – we want to play a little faster than that. I thought defensively we really competed well – I thought we did a good job. We competed well on the glass. At the end of the day, though, we didn’t have a great first quarter and we couldn’t make shots to make up for it."
On crediting Boston's offense or blaming the Warriors' offense for tonight's result:
"It’s a little bit of both. They do a great job taking away easy buckets in the paint. Kevin Garnett did a great job fronting me a lot in the post tonight and different guys too. But at the same time I think we got some very makeable shots tonight but we didn’t have our best shooting night."
On the team's struggles on this road trip:
"It’s been a couple strange sets of circumstances. We start the road trip off right – we drop a tough one in Indiana against a team that’s playing great, and then short-handed in New York, we lost that one. And tonight we lose to another good Celtics team. That makes tomorrow night a very important game against a team in Philly that isn’t playing their best ball right now, but is very capable. They’re building. So if we can get that one tomorrow night I think we can still call it a successful road trip considering the circumstances."
On his performance tonight:
"Well, especially with an all-world defender guarding me tonight, I focused on doing what I do best and that’s going out and rebounding the basketball and being active and defending well tonight. I didn’t shoot the ball really well but thought I helped us out a lot competing on the glass and defensively and things like that. I’m just gonna look to having an even better one tomorrow night and end the road trip on a right note."
On what's different since the All-Star Break:
"The level of intensity, the level of physicality – the game has changed since pre-All Star Break. I think it’s gearing up more towards playoff basketball and as a team we have to adjust for that."
On preparing for the postseason:
"No question. I mean, the game has gotten a lot more physical. You see a different look in guys’ eyes. We played the Pacers before, we played the Celtics before and pre-All Star and then post-All Star these teams are completely different. You’ve just gotta continue to get better."
On the blame for tonight's loss:
"I put a lot of it on us. Not to take away anything from them – obviously they played great defense, but we could have executed better and just get our looks. I feel like some guys missed some shots that we usually make, that we usually roll off of. We just can’t let missing shots deflate us."
On the importance of tomorrow's game:
"Very. Anytime you drop one, you drop two, you drop three like we have, you’ve just gotta stop the bleeding, and this is a very important game for us to try to get back on track before we head home."
SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON
Despite playing some of the most exciting games of the season on this road trip, the Warriors find themselves 1-2 so far on this five-game trek. They’ll look to get back on the winning track on Friday when they visit the Celtics. This will be the second and final meeting of the season between the two teams, and the Warriors will be looking to sweep the season series with Boston for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Fans wanting to watch the action are invited to do so at our admission-free viewing party at Blu 42 in Walnut Creek. KNBR’s Larry Krueger, Warriors hype man Franco Finn, the Warrior Girls and more will in attendance rooting on the Warriors. FULL DETAILS
LAST TIME OUT
There are shooters, and then there's Stephen Curry. The 24 year old went off for a career-high 54 points and a franchise record 11 3-pointers, but it wasn't enough as the Knicks came out on the winning end of a 109-105 showdown at the Garden on Wednesday night. Curry’s 54 points mark the most by any player in the league so far this season. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry combined for 29 points off the bench while rookie Draymond Green made his first career-start and pulled down five boards. Playing without David Lee, the Warriors were outrebounded 46-38 by the Knicks.
CURRY ON ANOTHER PLANET
Anyone who was watched Warriors basketball over the last two games has seen some outstanding play from Warriors guard Stephen Curry. His 92 points over the team’s last 96 minutes of game action is the most in the NBA since Kobe Bryant had 97 over a two-game stretch in 2009. Curry has shot 18-for-23 on 3-pointers (78.3 percent) over the last two games, which is just ridiculous considering the league, on average, shoots 75.3 percent on free throws (when there is nobody there to defend the shot). His 54-point performance on Wednesday was the highest scoring game for a Warrior since 1984 (Purvis Short, 59), and there is no doubt that it will be held in high regard in NBA circles for years to come.
Thanks in large part to the marksmanship of Stephen Curry, the Warriors rank first in the NBA in 3-point shooting (.398). The team has been especially hot as of late, shooting better than 40 percent from long distance in four of their last five games, and better than 50 percent in three of those contests. Curry leads the league in 3-pointers made (177) and ranks second in 3-point percentage (.460), while fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson still ranks third in the league with 144 made treys.
BOSTON SCOUTING REPORT
The Celtics are trying to stay afloat in the hunt for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference after losing Rajon Rondo for the season to a torn ACL in his right knee in January. Despite missing one of the league’s top point guards, the Celtics still have talented and veteran leadership in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Boston also thrives defensively, ranking second in defensive rating (points per 100 possessions) since January 1. The Celtics will be coming off three days of rest, as they haven’t played since wrapping up a five-game West Coast road trip with an overtime win over the Jazz.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (back spasms) and Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) are out.
BOS: Rajon Rondo (torn ACL, right knee) and Jared Sullinger (lumbar disc surgery) are out.