Gameday: Warriors vs. Bulls - 3/15/13


The longest homestand of the season ended on a sour note, as the Warriors fell to the Bulls 113-95 tonight at Oracle Arena. The game was tight for most of the first half but a 25-4 Chicago run bridging the second and third quarters put the game out of reach. Jarrett Jack had 20 points and David Lee added 15 points and eight rebounds, but it wasn’t enough against a stingy Bulls defense that held the Warriors to 44.7 percent shooting. After going 4-3 on the homestand, the Warriors will look to rebound from this defeat on Sunday when they open a three-game road trip in Houston.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“Got outworked. We talked about it, we know that basketball team and they beat us in Chicago by outworking us and by being the more physical team. If we matched their intensity and if we matched their physicality, we felt like we could have won the ballgame. Right off the opening tip – we just didn’t. Loose balls, rebounds, screens, moving without the basketball – any way you want to measure playing with force, we failed tonight.”
“This is the NBA, but that’s not an excuse. We are disappointed. We played bad and lost the ballgame. I don’t think it says anything about their team getting drilled by 40 by Sacramento because at the end of the day, they came here and handled their business. I would expect us to respond the same way.”
On the Bulls' Defense:
“We are going to score the basketball, it’s a make or miss league. Tonight, we didn’t make shots. That is not why we lost. We lost because we were outworked. They were the more physical basketball team, chased down long rebounds and chased down loose basketballs. They were active and we were bad.”
On if there's an explanation for tonight's game:
“Every team in this league it happens to. Not just this year, but in the history of the league. It’s not an excuse, it’s what playing and coaching is all about. Watched the film, talk about it, look to make the adjustments and attempt to get better. We were bad and we own the fact that we were bad. We got outplayed in our own building. We have to get over this one and look forward to going to Houston.”
On being close in the first half:
“We were bad and getting away with it. There was a point during a timeout that we were down seven and we were thrilled to be there. We had no business being there. We just did not play well. We did not meet their intensity and that is the disappointing part of it because the fact of the matter is, we are not going to win ball games if we don’t do that.”
Jarrett Jack
On the loss:
"Very unacceptable. We know they play hard each and every time. We know that when you play a team like them you have to match it, or play above it. For us it’s just an embarrassment, from the jump ball all the way to the last play they outplayed us. It’s an embarrassment for us, our organization from our coaching staff to our fans in the stands that support us nonstop. We have a chance to come back on Sunday but we can’t overlook this kind of effort."
On the upcoming road trip:
"Huge difference. You have a chance to protect your home court and make a push as far as playoffs are concerned. We have to understand what’s at stake here. We have to come out like a desperate basketball team that has a goal that everyone’s all in about. Talk is one thing but your effort is going to show how much you want to be about it. That’s what we have to show and be about the rest of this season."
Carl Landry
On moving on from the loss:
"We have to. We have to look past it the best we can, and that’s the beautiful thing about the NBA. Houston is a team that came here and beat us, and we lost down there in Houston a couple weeks before that, so we have to be ready to go. That’s the thing: they’re fighting for a playoff spot as well."
On knowing what to expect from the Rockets:
"Yeah, but at the end of the day it’s about us. I think when we lose, sometimes we beat ourselves. We’re a good enough basketball team where we don’t have to worry about other teams as much as we worry about ourselves."
Friday's contest against the Bulls will conclude the Warriors season-long seven-game homestand, and will essentially determine whether or not it has been a successful one. After splitting the first four games, Golden State has impressed in its last two games (both wins) to push their record on the homestand to a respectable 4-2. A win against Chicago on Friday night would do wonders for a Warriors squad that needs to capitalize on its home court advantage and collect as many wins as possible down the stretch run to the postseason. It won't be easy against a motivated Chicago team that has already defeated the Warriors once this season, and is coming off an embarrassing blowout loss at the hands of the Sacramento Kings.
The Warriors rode a 31-point night from Stephen Curry to a 105-97 home win over the Pistons on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. David Lee stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists and Jarrett Jack logged 19 points and five assists. The Warriors shot 56.9 percent from the field, and they used that efficiency to hold off a hungry Pistons team that was eager to rid itself of its six-game losing streak.
As the level of intensity and quality of play heats up as teams gear up for the playoff chase, Stephen Curry is doing his part to make sure the Warriors are equal to the task. Curry has always been a very talented player, but his inability to remain on the court for extended stretches of his career has made it difficult to determine his true trajectory as an NBA player. Well, finally healthy and exhibiting his playmaking skills on a night-in and night-out basis, it appears as if Curry has taken the next step in his evolution as a legitimate NBA star. In his last 10 games, Curry has averaged 28.3 points on 49.7% shooting, including 52.4% from three-point range. Not surprisingly, he has scored at least 25 points in seven of those games. If Golden State hopes to gain some momentum and do some damage in the playoffs, there's no doubt that Curry will have to continue leading the Warriors' charge.
Speaking of players whose injuries have prevented them from playing consistently, Andrew Bogut appears to be getting healthier with each game, and it couldn't come at a better time for the Warriors. Bogut has looked noticeably more active lately, and has been showing flashes of the skills that enticed the Warriors to acquire him a year ago. In Wednesday's victory over Detroit, Bogut displayed his prowess on the defensive end, locking down Pistons' center Greg Monroe while holding him to 4-of-16 shooting. Bogut has recorded a minimum of one block and eight rebounds in each of his last six games, including three double-digit rebounding efforts during that stretch. When you factor in his passing ability and the impact it has on the offense, it becomes clear that the Warriors are a different kind of team with Bogut on the court. With only 16 games left on the schedule, Bogut still has time to work himself back into top shape, and with any luck, will be hitting his stride right as the postseason arrives.
In the Windy City, the question on every basketball fans' mind is this: When will Derrick Rose come back? The phenomenal point guard has spent the year recovering from off-season knee surgery, and although he has recently received medical clearance to resume team basketball activities, the exact date of his return remains a mystery. While Chicago certainly hopes that date comes sooner rather than later, the Bulls have managed to keep their heads above water this season without the on-court presence of their leader and star player. At 35-29, the Bulls currently occupy the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and are certain to advance to the playoffs. All-Stars Joakim Noah and Luol Deng have led the way for the Bulls, particularly on the defensive end, and veterans like Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich make them a tough out for any team. You can bet the Warriors would love to close out their homestand with a signature win over a Bulls squad that already decisively defeated them earlier this season.
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Injury Report
GSW: Draymond Green (minor bone bruise, left ankle) is questionable. Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.

CHI: Richard Hamilton (lower back) is not with the team. Taj Gibson (left knee) and Kirk Hinrich (right foot) are day-to-day. Derrick Rose (left knee) is out.


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