Gameday: Warriors at Grizzlies - 11/9/13


The Warriors ran out of gas tonight, falling to the Grizzlies 108-90. The loss concludes the Warriors’ four-game road-trip with a record of 2-2, and is the first time the Dubs have lost consecutive games all season. Stephen Curry led the team with 22 points and five assists, while Andre Iguodala added 19 points and five rebounds. The Warriors will now head home for their first of three-straight games at Oracle Arena, beginning on Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“I’m very disappointed. It’s very easy to make the excuse that we played last night, but that’s not an excuse. We didn’t execute. They were the more physical team and it’s just a disappointing loss for us.
“We just couldn’t get over the hump. This is a good basketball team that pretty much has its way against us. We’ve got to figure them out. We’ve got to figure them out.”
On Zach Randolph:
"Zach is a guy that can score on anybody and when he gets it going, he’s a handful. He got it going and made life tough for us. I don’t think that was the ballgame. You can point to a number of guys that had their way tonight."
On the road trip:
"Anytime you lose ballgames, you’re disappointed. We’re certainly disappointed the way we ended this road trip. Now it’s about going back home, getting some rest, and then preparing to get back to who we truly are.”
On Stephen Curry:
“I thought he was fine. He had it going for a little bit and made some plays. I thought he was fine and that’s good to see.”
Andre Iguodala
On tonight's game:
“I think they did a good job of executing. Their bigs did a good job of playing high-low basketball. Marc Gasol was effective early making jump shots. We had to adjust to that. Z-Bo (Zach Randolph) got it going a little bit in the second half and then Mike Miller hit some threes, so they kind of had it spread out all over the place and we just couldn’t contain them."
On the Grizzlies:
“They’ve (Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph) been playing together for a long time so they have really good chemistry. Mike Conley had a huge impact on the game with his quickness. They just do a good job of all being on a string. You’ve got to give them credit. They went to the Western Conference Finals last year and every game was within a bucket of the Spurs, so they’re a seasoned team and they did a good job tonight.”
On the road trip:
“We won the first two, which we should have. Last night we didn’t play well but we just came up short. Tonight, you know, we should’ve gotten this game as well. We look at it as, ‘How do we get back?’. Turnovers were high tonight, they scored a lot of points in the paint, and they out rebounded us so it’s something we have to continue to get better at.”
Klay Thompson
On tonight's game:
“Not quite the defense we’ve come to expect from these guys tonight, we kind of broke down. We gave up a lot of paint scores tonight and our defense and rebounding wasn’t very good. They’re very tough. I think that’s why they made it to the Western Conference Finals last year. They’re one of the better frontcourts in the NBA so we prepared for them, we just have to do a better job the next time they come to our building.

“I don’t think it was an energy thing. I just think it was more of (us) not playing well together, and just kind of ignoring the game plan at times on the defensive end.”

On the road trip:
“It was so-so. It would have been nice to go out 3-1, but we’ve still got an opportunity to go home and separate ourselves.”

The Warriors wrap up their first extended road trip of the season on Saturday when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies. 2-1 on the trip so far, the Warriors will look to do something they haven’t done since April 4, 2008 – win in Memphis. Stephen Curry didn’t play in that game, as he was a sophomore in Davidson at the time, and whether or not he plays on Saturday will be a game-time decision after he sat out Friday’s contest with a bone bruise in his left ankle.
The Warriors flirted with a fourth quarter comeback but ultimately fell short in Friday’s 76-74 loss in San Antonio. Never holding a lead in the game, the Warriors missed out on a chance to tie the game as a shot from Andre Iguodala rimmed out as time expired. Toney Douglas stepped up with a team-high 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including 5-of-9 on three-pointers, and David Lee added 13 points and 10 boards for his second straight double-double. Andrew Bogut logged six points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the Warriors, who struggled offensively but still managed to hang tight with the reigning Western Conference champs. GAME
On paper, this road trip appeared to be very challenging for the Warriors. Philadelphia was undefeated heading into their game with the Warriors, the Timberwolves were expected to be a much-improved team with Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love healthy, and then there was a back-to-back set against the two teams who were in the Western Conference Finals last season. Friday’s game against the Spurs was a grinder in every sense of the word, and the Warriors can expect more of the same in Memphis. While the circumstances aren’t favorable, the Warriors will need to find a way to bounce back because that is what good teams do.
Heading into Friday, the Warriors were the highest scoring team in the NBA. So naturally, the reason for their 4-1 was start was pure offense, right? Wrong! Rather, it has been the team’s defense that’s most responsible for their strong start. And it was because of their defense that they even had a chance to win the game on Friday. The Warriors held the Spurs to 39.2 percent shooting from the field, the fifth opponent in six games to shoot less than 40 percent. Eventually, opponent shooting percentage will start to move toward the league average but as long as the Warriors keep up this defensive intensity, they should have a chance to win on just about any given night.
If the Warriors want to become a defensive power, they have to look no further than what their Saturday opponent has done in recent seasons. Only now, many would say that the Grizzlies are slipping defensively. Through five games, they rank 24th in the NBA in defensive efficiency, allowing 104.5 points per 100 possessions. That said, the Grizzlies still figure to be a tough matchup. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph provide a formidable front line and point guard Mike Conley is playing at a high level with 20.2 points and 5.8 assists per game. How the Warriors handle Conley will be of paramount importance, and that adds greater significance as to whether or not Curry will play on Saturday.

Injury Report
GSW: Stephen Curry (bone bruise, left ankle) is a game-time decision. Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) is out.

MEM: Jerryd Bayless (right knee sprain) is day-to-day.




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