Game Links #24: Golden State Warriors 112 vs Houston Rockets 116 - Warriors showed up for the Rockets this time, but could not finish the game

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Warriors: Golden State of Mind
Recap: Two potent offenses meet; only one play their style
Game thread: Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets GameThread: OAKLAND WE HAVE LIFT OFF! (1310+ comments)
Q&A: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets; Q&A with ESPN's Bruce Bowen
Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors game preview

Rockets: The Dream Shake
Recap: Rockets stave off Warriors 116-112
Game thread: Game #24: Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors
Q&A:Rockets vs. Warriors talk with ESPN's Bruce Bowen
Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors game preview


Recaps

Associated Press: Harden helps Houston hold off Warriors, 116-112 | Photo Gallery
Sports Network: Harden helps Houston hold off Golden State
Rusty Simmons: Warriors dig hole, can't catch Rockets | (Mobile)
Rusty Simmons: Game 24: Houston 116, Warriors 112
Carl Steward: Houston Rockets hold off Golden State Warriors | (Mobile)
Carl Steward: Game 24 rewind: Houston’s just better right now, and the Warriors need Iguodala badly
Monte Poole: Instant Replay: Rockets hold off Warriors' comeback bid
Monte Poole: Warriors Rewind: Same maddening result against Rockets
Feltbot: Rockets 116 Warriors 112: I See You


Pregame News

- Pics and tweets from #DubNation Night.
warriors.com: Looking Back on #DubNation Night

- Jermaine O'Neal's surgery was successful. Recovery time estimate not given.
warriors.com: Warriors Center Jermaine O’Neal Undergoes Successful Surgery On Right Wrist
Monte Poole: O'Neal undergoes successful surgery
Associated Press: Warriors' Jermaine O'Neal has wrist surgery | (Mobile)

- MT2 answers his own question about whether or not we need David Lee.
Marcus Thompson II: Thompson: Should Warriors trade David Lee? | (Mobile)

- Previews of the game.
Monte Poole: Warriors Fast Forward: Bogut looks for atonement

Pregame Videos

Postgame News

- Transcript of Andrew Bogut locker room interview.
Tim Kawakami: The Warriors can’t beat Houston (again): Weird stats, Curry swamped, and some Bogut thoughts on a 4th-quarter defensive fade

Postgame Videos

- Postgame quotes and stuff from warriors.com recap
Photo Gallery

Mark Jackson
On the overall energy tonight:
“I thought the energy was fine. I thought we competed, fought, battled, but we were carless at times. You look at the fact that the rebounding was 56 to 32 and the fact that we dominated in the paint with 66 to 40 and second chance points 25 to 8 – we did a lot of good things. We turned the basketball over and that cost us. I thought Mo (Marreese Speights) did an outstanding job with the minutes that he played. I thought Toney (Douglas) was much better. You look at his line and it doesn’t say much, but I thought he played well defensively and had an impact by disrupting what they were trying to do. It was a tough loss for us, but ultimately it was because we turned the basketball over too much. Can’t do that.”

On the Rockets' two wins over the Warriors:
“If you look at their record right now they are the better basketball team, but so was Denver at the end of season. We have to continue to build and work hard and be ready when it matters most. I trust the guys in the locker room that we will take care of business. We have to put together a string of wins and that starts with taking care of the basketball and when we do that it won’t matter if we are home or away.”

On Patrick Beverley's defense:
“If you think about it, that’s why we went out and got Andre Iguodala because of his playmaking ability. A guy can defend a guy like Steph (Stephen Curry) like that and we have another guy that can initiate the offense. Harrison (Barnes) had a good game and Klay (Thompson) played well, but that isn’t their strength right now. We will be just fine. We are missing a guy that we went and got for that specific reason. Give (Patrick) Beverley credit he played great defense.”
Marreese Speights
On his basket at the end of the third quarter:
“It got me going because I was just happy to be out there in the second half. Like I said, Coach [MarK Jackson] had confidence in me and never gave up on me. I have to keep working hard and try to get these wins. ”

On if tonight is a true indication of his game:
“That’s what everyone was supposed to see from me since day one, but a lot of things didn’t go right. I put that all on myself; I can’t really blame anybody else. My teammates and coach they never gave up on me so I have to keep working for them.”

On what Mark Jackson has been saying to him:
“We’ve just had a couple conversations this year. I know what I have to do and I’ve just been doing that every day, trying to get better and better and knowing that it’s going to be a long season and I feel like I can help this team in different types of ways.”
Draymond Green
On tonight's game:
“We did some things, but we never take a moral victory. We did those things well and we still didn’t play our best game. It’s coming, we just have to continue to get better. It’s coming.”

On Dwight Howard's 3-pointer:
“You want him taking that shot 100 times out of 100. It’s just that type of night. It’s tough; he probably hit every free throw. It’s just little things like that you just don’t expect. You still have to fight through and find a way to win the game. ”

On Marreese Speights:
“It’s what we needed. One of the things we thought coming into the season that we had was depth, and guys have to get their feet wet and get used to the system. Hopefully we can build on this, but it’s no surprise, he’s been a good player in this league for five or six years. I think we know he can score the basketball and he gave us a lift on defense, got some offensive boards and brought us energy to the game and that was great. It’s exactly what we needed.”

Interesting Tweets
(after the game)
Mospeights16: Tough lost tonight, We will get the next one for sure...Thanks #dubnation for not giving up on me....#TMS #BPM

Notes

- According to Bob Myers on the Warriors Roundtable audio (6:20 mark), Jermaine O'Neal's wrist was reaggravated when he sprained his knee and groin and used his wrist to support himself on the fall.


What's next?

- A quick road trip to Phoenix, where the Suns are on a 4 game win streak with wins @Rockets, Raptors, @Lakers, and tonight Kings. They're also 3 spots ahead of us. Think we'll win on Sunday?

Day Date Time Opponent TV Radio
Sun Dec 15 5:00 PM @Suns CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Tue Dec 17 7:30 PM Pelicans CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Thu Dec 19 7:30 PM Spurs CSN Bay Area TNT KNBR 680 AM
Sat Dec 21 7:30 PM Lakers CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Mon Dec 23 6:00 PM @Nuggets CSN Bay Area KTCT 1050 AM

Full broadcast schedule at warriors.com/schedule.


Start Four

- It's a fun little game we've been playing around here. Pick 4 guys whom you think will produce the highest total score based on their stats: pts + rebs + ast + 2*stl + 2*blk - to. How did you do in tonight's game?
startfour.com: Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets


Santa Cruz Warriors

Saturday 12/15/2013

- Five words from Make-A-Wish kid Cole Vitiritto broke through Harrison Barnes' usual calm composure.
Rusty Simmons: Visit with teen keeps Barnes grounded amid ascent | (Mobile)

- Bruce Jenkins thinks the NBA should get rid of divisions, and possibly even more. Plus notes from around the NBA>
Bruce Jenkins: New NBA commissioner should restructure league | (Mobile)

- Who would have thought the Western Conference would be this tough, with the Suns ahead of us? Plus other practice notes.
Carl Steward: Warriors looking up at surprising Suns in tough Western Conference | (Mobile)

- The SCWarriors played @ LA D-Fenders tonight. Entire game not available due to technical difficulties.
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