Gameday: Warriors at Lakers - 11/22/13


Playing the front end of a back-to-back, the Warriors stumbled to a 102-95 road loss to the Lakers on Friday. Already undermanned with Stephen Curry, Jermaine O’Neal and Toney Douglas sitting out due to injury, the team suffered yet another blow on the injury front when Andre Iguodala exited the game in the third quarter with a strained hamstring. Iguodala left the game during a 15-0 Lakers run that started with the game tied at 63-63. David Lee led the Warriors with 21 points and 13 rebounds and Harrison Barnes had 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting. Klay Thompson added 19 points and Andrew Bogut turned in his third double-double in the last four games, but the Warriors shot just 41.5 percent and their bench was out-scored 44-17. Golden State will look for better results on Saturday when they host the Trail Blazers on Saturday at Oracle Arena.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“We had enough to get it done and we did not get it done. We’re a no excuse basketball team and it’s just disappointing right now, but we’ll be fine. We cannot walk away with a good taste with how we played and the effort we put forth. ”
On playing without Stephen Curry:
“We’re a good basketball team and when you’re a good basketball team you find ways to get it done in spite of adversity and the bad teams use the ‘tailor-made’ excuses. That’s not who we are and that’s not who we’re going to be.”
David Lee
On Andre Iguodala's injury:
“We’re playing short-handed right now. They don’t have one of the better players in the world playing for them right now, so we can’t use that as an excuse. We’re going to be short-handed again tomorrow depending on whether Steph [Curry] plays or not, but we’ll see. Andre [Iguodala] probably is a tough one to play tomorrow as well as some other guys, so we just have to fight through somehow, and this is a team that has great chemistry, and never gives up.”
On the game:
“It was tough, and the Lakers hit shots. We have to watch the second half of the game once again because we outrebounded by 14, we won the points in the paint, fast break points, second chance points, you name it, and still we got beat. So outside of hitting shots, we’re going to have to take a look at what went wrong tonight. Obviously anytime a team scores 100 on you, we have to take a look at what we did defensively, because we’re a better defensive team than that.”
Andre Iguodala
On hearing a pop in his hamstring:
“Yeah, that’s what I felt, so that’s why I was so concerned. I knew it was something. Normally I can just run it off, or it’ll go away, but once I heard a “pop,” I knew it was serious.”

On how serious this injury might be:
“I’ve been hurt. I might have had something that might have kept me out of a game, or something really minor…but this one kind of worries me a little bit. I’ll take it serious, I’m sure I’ll be back really, really soon. I feel like my bodies been pretty good to me since I’ve been here, so sooner than everyone thinks.”

The Warriors head to Los Angeles with their sights set on returning to their winning ways on Friday against the Lakers. This will be the second of four regular season matchups between the two teams this season. Golden State won the first encounter, claiming a 125-94 victory on Opening Night back on October 30th.
The Warriors lost a heartbreaker in overtime on Wednesay, falling to the visiting Grizzlies 88-81. Playing without Stephen Curry, who missed the game recovering from a concussion, the Warriors were led by Klay Thompson, who had 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting. Andrew Bogut posted his second double-double in the last three games with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Harrison Barnes provided 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The loss was the first on the Dubs home floor this season, and drops the Warriors record to 8-4. GAME
Although the Warriors left Wednesday’s loss with a bad taste in their mouth, there were some bright spots, particularly the play of Andrew Bogut. Yes, he posted his second double-double in the last three games, and third ever in the regular season as a member of the Warriors, but it was more about the amount of time he was on the court that was most encouraging. His 43 minutes on the floor were the most he’s ever played in a Golden State uniform, and much of that was due to his ability to stay out of significant foul trouble, despite going up against the likes of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. While the Warriors can’t expect those kinds of minutes from Bogut every night (and probably shouldn’t), it has to be encouraging to know that the team still has plenty more room to grow with Bogut completely in the fold. DUB THE VOTE
Bogut successes aside, the Warriors have had a tough time with the injury bug lately, and it’s making life hard on Mark Jackson & Co. Already without Toney Douglas and Jermaine O’Neal, who were out due to injury, Stephen Curry missed Wednesday’s game with a concussion, and third-string center Ognjen Kuzmic left in the first quarter with a fractured finger and did not return. You can have the best starting five in the league, but at some point, they need a breather, and the injury bug is making that more difficult than usual. With several spots on the depth chart temporarily vacated due to injuries, including backup center Festus Ezeli, it will be up to the rest of the Dubs’ reserves to take advantage of the opportunity and fill the void.
The Lakers haven’t had the great start that we’ve become accustomed to over the years, and much of that has to do with the absence of Kobe Bryant, who has yet to return from a torn Achilles suffered in a game against the Warriors last season. However, that could all be changing soon. Bryant recently returned to practice and full contact drills, and rumor has it that he could be making his return sooner rather than later. If sooner happens to come on Friday night, then Golden State will have its hands full with a Lakers squad that has been playing better as of late. In any case, the Warriors will need to clamp down on the likes of Pau Gasol and Steve Blake if they hope to claim a victory on their SoCal rival’s home floor.
Injury Report
GSW: Stephen Curry (mild concussion) and Jermaine O’Neal (bruised right knee/right groin strain) are day-to-day. Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia), Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) are out.

LAL: Chris Kaman (back) is doubtful. Kobe Bryant (achilles) and Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) are out.




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