Warriors Force Overtime But Run Out Of Gas In Loss To Jazz
The Warriors came back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime but eventually ran out of gas in Saturday’s 99-92 loss to the Jazz. Nate Robinson helped force the extra period with a team-high 19 points and David Lee added 18 points in the defeat. Klay Thompson sparked the Warriors early with nine of his 17 points in the first period and Dorell Wright logged a double-double. The Warriors will now head home to host the Timberwolves on Monday, and the team will retire Chris Mullin’s No. 17 during a special halftime ceremony.
On Tonight's Game:
"The frustrating thing is that we had the opportunity to close out the game. We needed one stop and we
didn’t get it done. It’s disappointing. We had an opportunity to win this ballgame up three and we didn’t
close it out. Situations like that, worst-case scenario there should be a guy forced to take two free-throws.
You can’t give him the basket and the foul. Better off even letting him go and dunk it. Just a bad play."
On Richard Jefferson's Performance:
"He’ll be fine, he’s going to be fine. Missed some shots, a little bit out of sync, but he’s going to be fine. We
are not worried about him. We know exactly who he is."
On Giving Up 65 Rebounds:
"You get five point guards that want to go get the rebound and they won’t give up 65 rebounds. We didn’t
do the job on the boards."
On Having A Chance To Win In Regulation:
"We were up three there and then Favors went down the hole and unfortunately he made the bucket and
got the foul as well to tie it up. Since Richard (Jefferson) had a mismatch coach designed a play to take him
off the dribble and we weren’t able to score on that. In overtime they had home-court advantage and
overwhelmed us. We had a couple plays there, especially the stop that we needed to make being up three
with 30 seconds left. We need to be able to make that."
On Tonight's Game:
"They came back, they made some shots, they made some plays at the end of the game. I didn’t shoot the
ball particularly well. There were some shots that I could have knocked down, but you win them as a team
and you lose them as a team. There wasn’t one individual play that lost this game, it was a series of them.
Even in overtime. They made their first three or four shots. Whatever happens in regulation or however you
get there you have to clear your mind and play a fresh five minutes."
On Playing To Win:
"We’re professionals. You better want to win. That’s what we are here for. We aren’t here just to collect a
paycheck and have fun. Every night the effort has to be consistent. Then you learn how to win, you learn the
plays you need to learn and how to depend on each other and then you carry that into next season."
Saturday, March 17, 2012 EnergySolutions Arena – Salt Lake City, Utah