Robinson And Warriors' Comeback Falls Short In Final Minutes
The Warriors rallied back behind Nate Robinson’s season-high 28 points, but ultimately fell in the final minutes of Saturday’s 112-104 loss to the Clippers in L.A. Down 19 in the first quarter, Golden State clawed its way back into the matchup behind a 52-point effort from the four-man bench. Nate dished eight assists to go along with his buckets while Klay Thompson heated up in the second half for 17 of his 24. Dorell Wright added in 23 and Brandon Rush had 22 for the Warriors, who will return home to host the Spurs on Monday night at Oracle Arena.
On Today's Loss:
“We found ourselves a way to get back in this game and give ourselves a chance. We understand we couldn’t win a checkers match right now, we are not good enough. We have to stick to the game plan work extremely hard and execute on both sides of the basketball. When we’re able to do that, good things happen.”
On Klay Thompson:
“He is going to be a heck of a player and already he is pretty good. This summer is going to be big for him, and the playing time this year has been very valuable for him. He continues to not be satisfied with his outings so he is going to be pretty special.”
On Nate Robinson:
“I thought he was very good, he battled defensively, and offensively he was in attack mode. He is a spot player and he has taken full advantage of the opportunity.”
On Coming back and Making It A Close Game:
“Slow starts like that kill us. It is all on us rookies to come out and play with a lot of energy. There is no quit in us, we were missing three franchise players, Stephen [Curry], Andrew [Bogut], and Richard Jefferson. This was a learning experience especially for us rookies. We are improving but defensively we have to get a lot better.”
On Playing Time This Year:
“When other guys are playing good you have to be a good teammate and cheer them on. When a guy is playing good he is going to get the minutes out there because he gives us the best chance to win. I am a team player and a team person but after that I just have to work on my game. I am just lucky to be in the position that I am now in the starting lineup and getting minutes. I have worked very hard to get to where I am today and when I am out there I try my very best to play my hardest.”
On Playing In The Fourth Quarter For Only The Second Time This Month:
“Our units go with how well guys are playing. So we just have to roll with what coach decides. He is the coach and I am a player so all I can do is work on my game and get better every day.”
Saturday, April 14, 2012 Staples Center – Los Angeles, Calif.