Game Links #20: Golden State Warriors 83 @ Houston Rockets 105 - These aren't the Raptors - there's no 28pt comeback win.

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Recaps

Associated Press: Harden scores 34, Rockets beat Warriors 105-83 | Photo Gallery
Sports Network: Houston stifles Golden State in first quarter en route to win
Rusty Simmons: Warriors throttled early - no comeback this time | (Mobile)
Rusty Simmons: Game 20: Houston 105, Warriors 83
Alex Pavlovic: Rockets pound Warriors 105-83 | (Mobile)
Monte Poole: Instant Replay: Warriors fail to launch, lose to Rockets 105-83
Monte Poole: Rewind: Warriors 'outworked' in worst performance of season


Pregame News

- If you're into stats, here are some more stats to play with, such as "points per touch", "catch and shoot points", and... "distance traveled, in miles"???
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- Previews of the game.
Monte Poole: Fast Forward: Warriors need to own the glass to beat Rockets

Pregame Videos

Postgame News

- No postgame news.

Postgame Videos

- Postgame quotes and stuff from warriors.com recap
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Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
"It was a bad loss. The way we started the ball game, there have been times our bench has been bad and we let them know and tonight, the starters did a poor job of setting the tone. We got out worked. They played with more force and that set the tone the rest of the way."

On if he expected a better start after Tuesday's game:
"Yes, I did. I was very disappointed with that. We certainly have to be better, you let a Toronto Raptors, a team that we could come back against, but these good teams in the Western Conference you dig yourself a hole, it’s awfully tough. We have to figure it out. I think we’ve learned this lesson before and it’s time to do something about it and we did not. At the end of the day, there has never been a speech that has been made (at halftime) that has anything to do with making the adjustments. We’re well aware of what took place in the first half. We dug ourselves in another hole and we have to be better. Everybody sees it and hold each other accountable and we have to be much better. "
Stephen Curry
On the team's slow start:
"There is no magic formula but we have to play hard and play better, especially on the road. It’s frustrating. We have to able to turn it on early and set the tone as starters for the rest of the team. We know how much energy is exerted to come back against a big lead and how much that needs to go right for you and we don’t want to put ourselves in that position. There’s nothing in the back of our minds that think we have the fire power to be able to come back. I don’t know why that message didn’t take over in the first quarter with the way we started the game, but it all started from the defensive end."

On the game:
"It’s like tonight we didn’t hit shots early and we have a tendency to dwell on that and we weren’t getting stops and we cant turn the ball over on offense. We gave them extra possessions early in the game to get their confidence going. Early in the year we were taking care of the ball and hitting our shots and getting good offense and our defense was picking us up. In road games, our defense has to show up to weather the storm of cold shooting nights."

On Houston's defense:
"We felt like we could score, but we just couldn’t stop them. They were getting to the free throw line, getting easy buckets and the turnovers were plenty early and often. We have to control that to limit their offense, especially at home."
Andrew Bogut
On the game:
"When you have losses like this, the best thing you can do is have a game the next day and stop talking about it and thinking about it and when you have two or three days to think about it, it makes it a lot tougher. The problems defensively were our problems. Give them credit, they made shots and we were missing easy shots. We just need to come out with better energy. Everybody’s tired this point in the season, so we can’t use that as an excuse. Our starting group needs to come out with better energy and buckle down defensively even if we missed every shot in the first quarter, but we played defense the way we’re supposed we think we can still be in ball games. When we let them get easy baskets early on, we struggle."
Klay Thompson
On Houston's defense:
"You have to give them credit, but I missed some easy looks tonight. They made me work for everything I got and I didn’t take care of the ball as well. I had to work to find open teammates and I didn’t do that and I made some bad turnovers."

Explaining the slow start:
"I can’t. I know there is no reason for it that’s excusable. Two games in a row now and we have another test tomorrow against Memphis and it’s very disappointing. As a starter, we have to come out there with unlimited energy."

Notes

- That was a chore to watch.


What's next?

- We're not showing up for the games. We're on the road. The Grizzlies may be missing Marc Gasol, but they're still physical enough to wear us down. So... will you even watch the game tomorrow?

Day Date Time Opponent TV Radio
Sat Dec 7 5:00 PM @Grizzlies CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Mon Dec 9 4:00 PM @Bobcats CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Wed Dec 11 7:30 PM Mavericks CSN Bay Area ESPN KNBR 680 AM
Fri Dec 13 7:30 PM Rockets CSN Bay Area ESPN KNBR 680 AM
Sun Dec 15 5:00 PM @Suns CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 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 @ Houston Rockets


Santa Cruz Warriors

Therapy

- I wonder if our team is just too cocky or something. They think they can just show up and win. That's not good, because this can happen. Click on the link to see the animated gif:
epicfail.com: Cockiness FAIL


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