Gameday: Warriors vs. Rockets - 3/8/13


A tight one from start to finish, but the Warriors couldn’t make enough plays down the stretch in Friday’s 94-88 loss to the Rockets. Stephen Curry led the way with 24 points and eight assists and Klay Thompson added 22 points, but the Warriors struggled down the stretch, making just four of their 21 shot attempts in the fourth quarter. David Lee suffered a right knee contusion in the first quarter, but returned in the second half and finished with 16 points and five rebounds. Jarrett Jack put in nine points and seven assists off the bench for the Warriors, who will be right back at it tomorrow night when the Bucks come to town.
Mark Jackson
On what was problematic in the fourth quarter:
“Missed shots. At times we were careless and at times we were too passive – didn’t put pressure on them. That was the difference – we settled. I didn’t think we had a problem offensively all night long. We settled for jumper when we had mismatches and when we were patient we got what we want.”
On Harrison Barnes' final attempt:
“In that situation I want him to feel like he can make a play. The ball found him and he took a shot. Preferably, what I want him to do is attack – he had Carlos Delfino on him. If he makes that shot it’s a great move, but he’s going to learn. Ultimately, what I want him to do is put his head down and make a play towards the rim against (Carlos) Delfino. That’s not what lost the game. At the end of the day, Klay Thompson missing shots down the stretch last year - develops him. I’m not going to tell Harrison Barnes to not shoot the basketball.”
On holding Houston to under 37 percent from the field:
“We’ve proved that we can defend them. We proved that it can be done. That’s a tough team to contain with defending the pick-and-roll and isolations. The difference was they got to the line. Played great defense against James Harden, goes 3-17, but gets to the line 14 times. I thought we played outstanding defense against him.”
On Chandler Parsons:
“He’s a very good player. I don’t think you can credit Chandler Parson’s night against Harrison (Barnes). He’s a guy that plays the three and the four and a lot of times they went small and it’s not just Harrison (Barnes) defending him - a lot of times it’s out two guard. It’s a tough matchup because he’s a guy that flat out knows how to play. He’s a much improved shooter from three point range and he’s a playmaker. He’s a heck of a basketball player.”
David Lee
On his right knee:
“Not feeling too good right now. I took a hard knee to it right on the bone. Initially when I came back in the locker room I couldn’t put weight on it. Whenever I straightened it out it hurt. I’ve been waiting eight years to get in the playoff race, so when the doctors told me I couldn’t do any more to hurt it, if I could walk if I could play so that’s what I decided to do.”
On being slow to get back up in the fourth quarter:
“Nothing else is going on. There was a lot of adrenaline out there but it wasn’t feeling too good.”
On if he has received treatment on his right knee:
“I’ve been icing it. At this point the diagnosis is a bone bruise so there’s not a whole lot you can do other than ice it and rest for a little bit.”
On his status for Saturday night's game against the Bucks:
“Yeah, we’ll just have to see how I feel tomorrow morning. If I can go I’ll definitely be going.”
Stephen Curry
On facing Monta Ellis and the Bucks Saturday night:
“Obviously familiar faces, a little different, but you have to remain competitive and have an edge about you like you don’t know the person.”
On his relationship with Monta Ellis:
“He did a lot for me when I was here and you never lose that kind of friendship. Plus we both have kids now, all that kind of stuff. Besides that, staying in touch and looking forward to when he comes.”
On his perfomance in the second half:
“I missed a couple layups in the second half but you have to keep being aggressive and work on finishing in the paint. I just have to keep playing aggressive.”
The Warriors are going with their new short-sleeve jerseys for Friday's contest, marking just the second time the team will wear the new threads. Last time they wore them, they snapped a 16-game losing streak against the Spurs, and they can only hope for similar results on Friday against a team that has had their number this season. The Rockets have won each of the first two head-to-head matchups this season, and the Warriors will be looking to get one back on another Authentic Fan Friday at Oracle Arena in which all fans in attendance will receive a Jarrett Jack Cheer Card. AUTHENTIC FAN FRIDAY DETAILS
Down one with 15.2 seconds to go, Klay Thompson splashed home a go-ahead 3-pointer and the Warriors held on for the 87-83 victory over the Kings on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. Thompson's trey capped a 20-point night that saw him connect on four three-pointers. Offense, however, was hard to come by on this night, as both teams shot less than 40 percent from the field. David Lee had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his NBA-leading 41st double-double of the season, Harrison Barnes added 14 points and Stephen Curry finished with 13 points and eight assists.
It's no secret that Klay Thompson is a legitimate threat from the perimeter. He ranks third in the NBA with 160 made 3-pointers and he has been especially effective over the last three games. During that stretch he is averaging 23.7 points while shooting 54.3 percent from the field (25-for-46) and 55.6 percent on 3-pointers (15-for-27). He has scored 20-plus points in each of those games, tying his longest such streak of the season, and the Warriors are 14-6 when he gets at least 20 points.
If the Warriors are to make the playoffs - heading into Friday's slate of NBA games, they are in sixth place in the West, two games in front of the seventh-place Rockets and four games ahead of the ninth-place Lakers - they'll need to get accustomed to a more physical brand of basketball. Taking and making free throws can make the difference in important games down the stretch that determine playoff seeding. The Warriors rank second in the league in free throw percentage (.800), but are in the middle of the pack as far as free throw attempts (21.8 FTs per game, 16th in NBA). On Wednesday, they were 25-for-29 from the charity stripe, and showing that determination to get to the line will be as important as ever as they make a push for the postseason.
The Warriors have firsthand knowledge just how dangerous the Rockets can be. Houston tied an all-time NBA record with 23 made 3-pointers in their February 5 victory over the Warriors, and they followed that 140-point outburst with another 116-107 win over the Dubs on February 12. The Rockets have a premiere scorer in James Harden (26.3 ppg, 5th in NBA) and fellow guard Jeremy Lin has also shown the ability to take over games. Both of those players are adept at getting to the basket, so slowing down their penetration will be key, which is much easier said than done. Like the Warriors, the Rockets have playoff aspirations, and the Warriors need a win to place a little more cushion between them and the Rockets in the Western Conference standings.
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Injury Report
GSW: Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.

HOU: None.


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