Gameday: Warriors at Spurs - 3/20/13


The Warriors’ bid for a perfect road trip was spoiled with Wednesday’s 104-93 loss in San Antonio. Golden State threatened a fourth-quarter comeback after trailing by as many 16 points, but never quite got over the hump. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 24 points and Jarrett Jack added 14 points and seven assists for the Warriors, who went 2-1 on their final multi-game road trip of the season. The Warriors will now return to the Bay Area and finish out the regular season with nine of their last 12 games being played at home, beginning with Saturday’s showdown with the Wizards.
Mark Jackson
On offensive play of Tim Duncan:
“He’s a Hall of Fame player. An all-time great. He certainly had a big night tonight. I think overall, (Manu) Ginobili played well too. But we turned the basketball over. Those second shots hurt us also.”
On the effectiveness of the team's zone defense:
“When we first went to it, they (Spurs) didn’t have their best shooting lineup on the floor so we were able to take them a little bit out of rhythm. Ginobili comes back in, they go small also and stretch the floor, but I still thought we had success out of it at the end of the day. We didn’t get enough stops and it wasn’t our best offensive night. Give them credit. They won the ballgame.”
On his team's attitude:
“Everything wasn’t going our way but we looked like our old selves. We battled. We fought. We got back into the ball game. That’s a very good basketball team. They’re the best in the West right now for a reason. They execute you to death. At the end of the day I was very pleased with how we battled and competed and there certainly were some good signs.”
On the team's outlook for the rest of the season:
“I’m not looking at tonight. I’m looking at what is going to win down the road. What’s going to be effective and how we compete. I thought we did that when it mattered most. When everything wasn’t going our way we got back in it and battled. We’ll learn.”
On the road trip:
“I told my guys, I was once a player and I was once on a good team. If we started this trip on the team I was on, the mindset would be let’s go 2-0 and then roll the dice on the last one and that’s exactly what we did. I thought it was a successful trip and now the point is let’s go back home and take care of business. You have to build on it.”
Stephen Curry
On the fourth quarter:
"Tim (Duncan) made plays and that is what he does. We got back into it and had a chance to win at the end. If I would have made that second to last three I took that would have changed the game."
On what the Warriors can do better:
"We need to stay solid and disciplined. Offensively, we need to stay as aggressive as possible. We need to try and get the ball moving more and we got to the lane tonight we just could not finish."
On Tim Duncan:
"That surprise is over in November. He shows that he still has it and you have to prepare for him every night. At this point there is no surprise at all. He is professional and one of the best, if not the best."
David Lee
On tonight's game:
"I thought we played hard tonight. We had a bad stretch to start the second quarter. Playing in San Antonio in their building you cannot have that five to six minute lapse like we did at home. It is much tougher to bounce back from that lapse on the road."
On San Antonio's fourth-quarter run:
"When you make a run like that you pretty much have to play perfect basketball and that zone was good for us in the fourth quarter. Duncan made a few plays there down the stretch but I thought our team kept fighting."
On Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter:
"They are a good one-two combo. Obviously when the attention we have to show Duncan, it makes Splitter’s job that much easier. Tim (Duncan) is one of the best to play the game if not the best and I have a lot of respect for him as a player so he did a good job for them tonight."
Winners of six of their last nine games, the Warriors will look to complete a perfect road trip on Wednesday when they visit the Spurs. San Antonio hasn’t been a friendly place to the Warriors over the years, but the Dubs snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Spurs just last month and now they’ll look to break another streak, one that hasn’t seen Golden State win in San Antonio since February 14, 1997 (28 games). This will be the team’s final game of the final multi-game road trip of the season, and after this contest the Warriors will have to travel no further than Phoenix, Arizona, for any of their remaining games.
The Warriors got their second road win in as many nights after defeating the Hornets 93-72 on Monday. Stephen Curry led the way for the team with 30 points, including six three pointers. David Lee recorded his league-leading 45th double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Klay Thompson chipped in 13 points including three treys. Andrew Bogut added eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks in 30 minutes.
The Warriors have been successful so far on their road trip, and it’s no secret as to why. Golden State has got it done with defense, holding the opposition to 33.1 percent shooting over the last two games. Neither the Rockets nor the Hornets surpassed 80 points and the Warriors have only yielded more than 22 points in two of their last eight quarters. Overall, Golden State has held five of its last eight opponents to less than 40 percent shooting and the team is 30-8 this season when holding opponents to less than 45 percent shooting.
Anybody who watched Stephen Curry in college knows that the Warriors guard is a fan of the month of March. As a college sophomore, Curry led his small liberal arts college to the Elite 8 of the 2008 NBA Draft (he discusses that magical run in the video above), and he has performed quite nicely so far for the Dubs this month. He’s averaging 23.5 points and 7.4 assists in 11 games this March, up from his season averages, and he has connected on at least five 3-pointers in four of the last five games. It is no secret that Curry is one of the most dangerous offensive players in the league, but it certainly bodes well that he continues to be productive even when opposing defenses are focusing on him.
As has been the case for much of the last few decades, the Spurs find themselves atop the Western Conference standings. Even with an injury to Tony Parker, San Antonio has won five of its last seven games. Tim Duncan has stepped up his play as of late, leading the team with 20.5 points and 11.3 rebounds during Parker’s absence, but like many Spurs teams of the past, it is the contributions from the entire lineup and tremendous team play that is leading to so much San Antonio success. There’s no question that the Warriors will need to be at their best to top the Spurs, but they’ve done it once this season, and there’s no rule that history can’t repeat itself.

Injury Report
GSW: Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.

SA: Tony Parker (grade 2 left ankle sprain) is out.


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