Game Recap: Warriors vs. Hornets - 4/24/12

Wild Finish Results In Home Loss To Hornets

A back-and-forth contest with a crazy finish resulted in the Warriors losing 83-81 to the Hornets on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. The Hornets scored the game’s deciding basket on a last-second goaltending call, closing out a night that saw 13 lead changes and five ties. Klay Thompson had 16 points and Brandon Rush added 15 in the defeat. The Warriors will now have a day off before Thursday's season finale against the Spurs, and the team will honor its fans throughout the evening with 50 percent off on all food, beverages and select merchandise.


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Belinelli - 23
Landry - 14
Aminu - 11
Ayon - 7
Vasquez - 7
Two Tied - 4
Belinelli - 3
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Thompson - 16
Rush - 15

Tyler - 8
C Wright - 7

Jenkins - 10
Two Tied - 2

McGuire - 2
Four Tied - 1

Mark Jackson

On Playing The Younger Players Down The Stretch:
“I thought it would be a great opportunity to see what these other guys have. It’s easy to do it when the season is over with and it’s easy to do it during summer league, but I really wanted to see what they could do against NBA players. I think each guy has really displayed improvement across the board. You look at a guy like Charles (Jenkins) struggling shooting the ball, struggling to score but has a good floor game and ends up with a double-double. He’s trying to learn the point guard position and he’s out there doing it with other guys playing out of position because we are so shorthanded. Overall, really pleased with how my young guys have developed and how they compete.”

On Looking At Potential Rotations For Next Season:
“I know where Klay Thompson fits. Other than that, it’s based on improvements we make as a team, whether it be through the draft or free agency or any other avenue we take. Ultimately, if I’m one of those young guys it’s important to take this summer very serious, improve my game and put myself in position to play. The one guy that’s going to play, no matter what happens, is Klay [Thompson]. It’s important for those other guys to continue to get better.”

On Using These Final Games To Evaluate Players:
“Well Charles [Jenkins] I know what he is. We’ve had a season of him starting eight games when Steph [Stephen Curry] initially went down – playing great. Going from backup, again to starter, we know who he is. He is a legitimate pro. The question is, whether he starts as a backup or as a third guard. This summer is going to be very important for him to hang around, get better, develop and put himself in position where he has a legitimate chance. He’s a pro and I’m very, very pleased with him – everything about him. I think the other guys, it’s important with him to develop, but with Charles [Jenkins] - I look at young guards around this league and he has toughness, competes, he’s a scorer and defensively he gets after it. He’s going to have to learn some things in the offseason, as far as the point guard position, but I’m very pleased with his progress.”

Klay Thompson

On His Injury During Tonight's Game:
“I did get kicked in the shin pretty hard. It’s throbbing pretty hard right now, but I’ll be able to go Thursday.”

On The Level Of Pride The Rookies Are Showing:
“To play those minutes in the fourth and getting a lot of experience with our players – Mickell [Gladness], Jeremy [Tyler] will just grow from it. We’ve all got a bright future and [close] to the end of the season, playing all of these minutes pays a lot if dividends in the future when we get it.”

On The End of the Game:
“You always want to be in as a competitor. I really wanted to be out there. I feel like I had it going but I’ve got to give it up to Chris Wright. He’s doing his thing hustling and making plays.”

Jeremy Tyler

On The Significance of his Increased Playing Time:
“It means a lot. Coach [Jackson] feels as if I’m deserving [of] a lot of minutes out there, so I just go out there and try to do my best. [I’m] trying to work on everything that I’ve been working on all season. I’m still learning a lot, so I’m just going out there trying to get better every game.”

On the Upcoming Offseason:
“I’ll be up here the majority of the summer working out and training with the other rookies. Just work harder than I did last year. Looking at this season, everything that I’ve missed out on, everything that I need to work on—just maximizes that in the offseason and just work at things that I really need to get better at. [I] definitely need to get stronger, work on my post game, my defense and everything. Just watch a lot of film and just prepare for the next year.”



Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Oracle Arena – Oakland, Calif.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.

Oracle Arena – Oakland, Calif.

Radio: KNBR 680


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