Gameday: Warriors at Thunder - 11/29/13
The Thunder returned the favor Friday night, as the Warriors fell 113-112 in overtime on a last-second three-pointer by Russell Westbrook. The Dubs can be proud of the way they played, but this one stings. Stephen Curry recorded a double-double with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Harrison Barnes was spectacular, and tied a career-high with 26 points. The Warriors will look to rebound in their next game on Sunday at Sacramento.
On the last play:
"Russell (Westbrook) wanted the basketball more than anyone else on the floor. He had great will, made a big play and we didn’t go get the basketball. Overall, I thought the energy and effort was great. I thought we competed against good team and in their building."
On defending Kevin Durant:
"He’s a great player and as good as a scorer this league has seen, but we did a good job competing and trying to get on to him, contest shots."
On the loss:
"Its tough, it’s very tough. I thought we competed, I thought we got great looks, we executed down the stretch. Its just the last possession, leaves a bad taste in your mouth when you don’t finish up a possession."
On what you can take away from this game:
"We know who we are, so it’s a tough loss. It’s a good basketball team but we know who we are."
On defensive changes:
"We just did what we do better, and that’s what it boiled down too. We made them work and that was the only adjustment. We began to defend the way we are capable of defending and it made a difference."
On the game-winning shot by Russell Westbrook:
"It was a fortunate bounce for them, obviously Russ (Westbrook) was able to get a hand on it, right to Sefolosha who gladly threw it right back to him. A lot of good things happened for them in that possession. It’s frustrating for us tonight."
"We fought hard the whole way through. We made plays to put us in position to win the game. It came down to a freak play like that. Some would say it was payback from last game, but I thought we played well enough to win this game."
"We gave up an opportunity tonight. We’re way past moral victories for this organization, so this was hopefully a learning lesson for us to help us find a way to finish the game."
On the matchup between the two teams:
“They have two superstars that can convert plays. They do that very well, and it was just tough on us tonight. It’s on me though. I should have grabbed that ball going out of bounds.”
On the team moving forward:
“Just trust each other and play the way we know how to, that’s when we win. Our defense was good tonight. There were just a couple key rebounds that got away from us, and that was it. It all boiled down to one possession. You can’t ask for a better position to be in, they just made a tough shot.”
NUMBER THREE IN OKC
After splitting back-to-back games to begin their four-game road trip, the Warriors continue on to Oklahoma City where they’ll take on the Thunder on Friday night. This will be the second of three matchups between the two teams this season, with Golden State already having won a 116-115 buzzer-beating thriller in their first encounter on November 14.
LAST TIME OUT
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). GAME RECAP
SAME OLD TUNE
Although there’s been improvement since the beginning of the season, the Warriors continue to show need for improvement in terms of valuing each and every possession. In Wednesday’s loss in Dallas, the Warriors committed 19 turnovers compared to six for the Mavericks, which resulted in a negative 23 points-off-turnovers differential for Golden State. Despite the fact that they took 34 free throws to the Mavericks’ 10, the deficit proved too much to overcome, and was just the first time since 1995 the Warriors had at least 24 more free throw attempts than their opponent and still lost. The Warriors will look back on this game and know that they let it slip away by way of far too many costly turnovers. If they expect to fulfill their full potential, they’ll need to address this area of significant concern.
Speaking of turnovers, Stephen Curry will be the first to tell you he needs to bring those numbers down. But in the meantime, he’s doing his best to keep the Warriors afloat during this injury-riddled stretch, and has been showing glimpses of the “human torch mode” everyone became so familiar with a season ago. His 29 points and eight assists on Wednesday were another example of his All-Star talent, and his six three-pointers are a good sign that his shot is back in prime gear, not that he’s exactly been scuffling, shooting 43 percent from long distance. It’s times like these when the team isn’t at full strength that the Warriors will need Curry to perform like the superstar everyone knows he’s capable of being. He’s the best player the Dubs have, and on the road in a hostile environment like Oklahoma City, Golden State will need him to act like it.
OKLAHOMA CITY SCOUTING REPORT
Winners of five-straight, there is no hotter team in the Western Conference right now than Oklahoma City, and they’re getting it done with a familiar recipe. Kevin Durant is putting together yet another MVP-caliber season, and although it’s still in the early going, he continues to represent the likeliest candidate to dethrone LeBron James from that honor. His 28.2 points per game leads the league by a significant margin, but it’s been his ability to get others involved in the offense that has taken his game to another level, as evidence by his career-best 5.1 assists per game. The vast majority of those assists go to Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, both All-Star caliber players in their own right. Golden State snuck by with an Andre Iguodala buzzer-beater in their first meeting this season. Now without Iguodala, who will miss the game due to injury, the Warriors will have to find another way to get the job done.
GSW: 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.