Gameday: Warriors at Mavericks - 11/27/13
After trailing for the majority of the game, the Warriors fought back and came within four-points in the final 30 seconds but ultimately couldn't get it done as the Dubs fell to the Mavericks 103-99 on Wednesday night in Dallas. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 29 points and eight assists while Klay Thompson earned his first career regular-season double-double with 20 points and 10 boards. David Lee logged his 92nd straight double-digit scoring game with 20 points, adding 12 rebounds and three assists, and Andrew Bogut added eight points and 10 rebounds (his sixth consecutive double-digit rebound game). The Warriors return to action on Friday when they travel to Oklahoma City to battle the Thunder.
On the turnovers tonight:
"That's the big thing. You can't go on the road against a good basketball team and give them extra possessions. That's not who we are and that's not the way we're built. So, we turned it over, we were careless and we paid the price."
On making the run to get back into the game in the fourth quarter:
"That's the positive note. We didn't play well, we were careless, and we didn't pay attention to detail on either side of the basketball. We just were not sharp. That being said, down 15 or 16 with five minutes to go, I thought we showed a lot of fight but we have to bottle what we did during that span and start doing it for 48 minutes."
On Stephen Curry taking over the game late:
"I think he's gaining a rhythm right now. It's a rhythm that he hasn't had. Even though he's putting together a solid season, he hasn't had a rhythm. I think he is close to breaking out. But overall just disappointed, we don't take away individual stuff, just disappointed with our overall play."
On tonight's game:
"No, it was our effort. You could tell in the fourth quarter that we picked it up tremendously. In a back-to-back for us to play that hard in the last quarter in a back-to-back it's frustrating. We need to figure out how to come out stronger, better, and more consistent in the first half. Not have any lows, especially on the road, it's tough to make that run if you have to keep doing it over and over again."
On making a run late in the game:
"You know we had one or two possessions away from taking the lead and had a chance to get some stops and win the game. I think it was a breakaway they had that was an easy bucket and put them back in control. It stopped the momentum a little bit. For the most part I'm proud of the way we fought at the end. It's kind of bitter sweet knowing that you had that effort in the fourth quarter and didn't really show anything in the first three quarters."
On taking over the game late:
"I was trying to be aggressive. The play that was working best for us was the high pick and roll. I was just trying to make plays out of it. That's how we wanted to attack and also make plays on the defensive end. We got to have that mentality for the rest of the season to get to where we want to go."
ONE DOWN, THREE TO GO
After a hard-fought victory over the Pelicans on Tuesday, the Warriors road trip moves onto Dallas where they’ll take on the Mavericks on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. This will be the first of four matchups between the two teams this season. Golden State won two of the three contests last season, including a 105-101 victory in Dallas on November 19.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors won a nailbiter on Tuesday, escaping New Orleans with a 102-101 victory. Playing without Andrew Bogut, who missed the game due to suspension, the Warriors were paced by their frontcourt, as Jermaine O’Neal recorded season-highs of 18 points and eight rebounds, while David Lee added 19 points and seven boards. Klay Thompson led Golden State with 22 points, while Stephen Curry nearly had a triple-double with 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. The victory pushes the Warriors record to 9-6. GAME RECAP
PICKING UP THE SLACK
When times are tough and things seem stacked against them, the Warriors can look to Jermaine O’Neal’s performance on Tuesday night as reassurance that they have more than enough firepower to win games. Playing without Andrew Bogut, the Warriors needed an inside presence, and O’Neal proved more than equal to the task. Although his 18 points and eight rebounds were both season-highs, it was his ability to power through the knee and groin injuries he is recovering from that really set the tone forthe game. With Andre Iguodala, Ognjen Kuzmic and Festus Ezeli still expected to miss significant time, the Warriors will need their role players to perform when called upon, and O’Neal’s performance proved they’re certainly capable.
THIRD QUARTER TROUBLES
As the saying goes, one’s an incident, two’s a coincidence, three’s a pattern. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the pattern that is developing is not a favorable one. In the last three games, the Warriors have allowed the opposition to either get back in the game or run away with it by allowing extended third quarter runs of 12-0, 17-5, and most recently against the Pelicans, 17-9. The Dubs have been doing a great job getting off to good start, but when they allow these third quarter streaks, it’s proven extremely detrimental to their efforts. It’s the NBA, so every team goes on runs, but whether it’s calling timeouts or simply just bearing down on the defensive end, the Warriors need to do all they can to avoid allowing them.
DALLAS SCOUTING REPORT
Unable to land the marquee free agent they had planned for a year in advance, it turns out that may have been the best thing for Dallas. The Mavericks have gotten off to a great start this season, and at 9-6, sit right in the middle of the Western Conference playoff standings. Ex-Warrior Monta Ellis was signed in the offseason, and has produced wonderfully, leading the team in points (23.5) and assists (5.3) per game. Add in some nice core players like Jose Calderon and Shawn Marion, as well as the ageless Dirk Nowitzki, and Dallas has the look of a team likely to push for the postseason. It won’t be easy, particularly on the back end of a back-to-back, but if the Warriors can slow down Ellis, they stand a decent chance to pull out a tough road win.
GSW: Jermaine O’Neal (bruised right knee/right groin strain) is day-to-day. Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia), Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Andre Iguodala (left hamstring strain) and Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth
metacarpal fracture, right hand) are out.
metacarpal fracture, right hand) are out.
DAL: Devin Harris (left foot surgery) is out; Brandan Wright (fractured left shoulder) is out.