Warriors: Golden State of Mind
Game thread: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets: Looking to recover from a rough road trip (1110+ comments)
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Recap: Warriors blow a golden opportunity, Rockets win 116 to 107
Game thread: Game #54: Rockets vs. Warriors
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Nate Stuhlbarg: Instant Replay: Rockets 116, Warriors 107
Marcus Thompson II: Jarrett Jack back in action for the Golden State Warriors
Rusty Simmons: Warriors' skid grows in loss to Rockets
Adam Lauridsen: Obvious Problems, Uncertain Solutions (Rockets 116, Warriors 107)
- Matt Steinmetz held his online chat earlier today.
Matt Steinmetz: NBA chat with Matt Steinmetz transcript (2.13.12)
- warrior.com asked 5 blog writers (including one of our own) about the trade deadline.
DotCom Blog: Bloggers Roundtable: Pondering a Deal at the Deadline
- Jarrett Jack wasn't going to play, but he changed his mind during pregame.
Marcus Thompson II: Golden State Warriors: Jarrett Jack changes mind, will play Tuesday night against Houston
- A transcript of a pregame interview with Bob Myers.
Rusty Simmons: GS Warriors’ trade deadline approach: “We would like to take a longer look at our core, but we’re always looking.”
- KNBR, 95.7 FM Audio
8:53 min: 95.7 FM: Jim Barnett on The Rise Guys
16:03 min: KNBR: Bob Myers with Murph and Mac
6:54 min: KNBR: Rusty Simmons with Murph and Mac
13:23 min: KNBR: Kevin Harlan with Bob Fitzerald and Rod Brooks
8:53 min: 95.7 FM: Steve Kerr on The Drive
15:51 min: KNBR: Sam Amick with Tom Tolbert and Ray Ratto
- Rusty summarizes the pregame Bob Myers interview about the trade deadline.
Rusty Simmons: Warriors' GM eyes trade deadline warily
- Nate Stuhlbarg summarizes what he heard in the postgame interviews.
Nate Stuhlbarg: Free-falling Warriors enter All-Star break with heads high
On tonight's game:
"I thought for 48 minutes we did not defend like our brand. I think it's been consistent with what we have done the last four games. There were times tonight where we really got after it and times where we were on point with rotating, rebounding and executing offensively. When you are struggling to find a rhythm, both offensively and defensively, the opposition is not going to get off the gas pedal to allow you to find a rhythm. That's a good basketball team that can score with anybody. They put pressure on you with their ability to break you down individually, knock down shots - we got out of character in turning the ball over. A couple of missed assignments and you look up and they have a six point cushion. Nobody is going to feel sorry for where we are right now. We have to find a way to put together 48 minutes of basketball and get out of this. It's a challenge and I think it's a great time for my guys to get away from this thing and get away to things that matter in life and come back with purpose."
On recent defensive struggles:
"You give up 116 points, that's not who we are. You allow a team to score 30 in the 1st and 31 in the 3rd and allow second chance opportunities, that's not when we are. When we are at our best we are defending, rebounding, taking care of the basketball and getting back in transition. Tough loss for us, but ultimately, these are nights that will develop us. I think my team is going to develop a toughness, an edge and an appreciation for how we wound up the first half of the season 30-22. An appreciation for just how we got it done. I've said it before, there is not panic and we are going to be just fine. I think every team goes through tough stretches and ours is one that is new to this basketball team. We will respond."
On the All-Star break for Stephen Curry and David Lee:
"We are a no excuse basketball team - those guys have put up a lot of minutes, but they have been very successful playing a lot of minutes also. The demand on them will be the same as everybody else. There is a reason why we lost five in a row; they played a part in it, but I think it's a great time for them to get away from the game, get away from the demands, to recover and look forward to after the All-Star break. I'm sure those guys are physically - I put a lot of pressure on them. They've earned this break."
On Kent Bazemore's increased playing time:
"He plays with an edge and when he's on the floor he does not look like he does not belong. He's confident, he's always in attack mode, has the ability to make plays scoring off of other guys and he's a very good defender - defends both the one and the two. I just think that right now he's playing with a lot of confidence."
On their defense on the road trip:
"Technically, we were not that sharp. This is a team (Houston) that can score on anybody. They shoot the three, they make threes, they stretch your defense, and they push the basketball. That being said though, we have not played our brand of defense. We have been a step slower, we have not contained the ball, we have not protected the paint and we have not rebounded at the same level. They outplayed us. They were red hot and kept it going. We certainly did not play our best basketball and what we are known for."
On the media building up this rematch:
"I think it's interesting. You can turn on PTI and have a discussion on the Warriors or turn on First Take and talk about the Warriors or NBA TV and hear them talk about what we are wearing. It's great. That being said, that is not our goal - to have dialogue about the last minute of a ball game. Our goal is for them to talk about this team being a very good team that is headed in the right direction. I think it shows how far our guys have come, where they have brought this organization and that there is a discussion about the Warriors and the brand of basketball we play. We take it and we keep on moving. At the end of the day, our goal is that there won't be many stories left and we will be in the hunt and people will be forced to talk about us."
On the upcoming All-Star break:
"Guys should celebrate what has taken place thus far in the season, get away from the game, embrace their loved ones and take time to take a deep breath and get prepared for the second half. A mixture of getting away from the game, but as we get closer to next Tuesday, makes sure you stay in the best shape possible so that we can hit the ground running in Utah."
On his performance:
"I had some good threes and rushed some a little bit, but I just couldn't find a rhythm. We've got a break so we need to get some rest, get refocused. We have to turn up the level of intensity and focus if we're going to take advantage post-All-Star break."
On making fewer 3-point attempts:
"I was covered off the dribble a lot in transition, so I didn't have many opportunities in that regard. As for getting in the paint, tonight I had to go mid-range and keep defenses honest. I tried to read the defense the best I could throughout the game but not force it. I tried to force it one time tonight but I tried to be aggressive for most of the game."
On the game:
"I thought we continued to not play the way we need to defensively. It still wasn't Warrior basketball. That can happen a lot on the road but it was frustrating that it happened here tonight. I'm frustrated. Part of it is the number of games we're playing - 10 games in 14 days or something like that. I know I'm exhausted and it's not a lack of preparation, not eating right or sleeping enough. I'm doing the things I have to do. We just have to get refreshed and reload. One of the main strengths of our team is the chemistry and the character, and that hasn't changed. We need to keep our heads up and fight through it right now; every team goes through this during some time of the year. We've got to come back refreshed and ready to go."
On the mood in the locker room after the game :
"It was pretty down until Coach Jackson came in and he put it into perspective. A five-game losing streak is a five-game losing streak; it's something to be concerned about, but we need to acknowledge that change needs to happen. We have to get better at the two things that have helped us this season, and that's defense and rebounding."
On if he feels added responsibility for the team's play:
"A little bit. I think we're going to take some time and come back. One of the things we need to do right now out there is rebound and set screens. I'll be a team guy. You have to watch the tape to know what I'm talking about, it's one through 12. I think it's not just one through five, and as a result we've been beaten."
On if he could be the vocal leader that rallies the team:
"I can try, I can definitely try. It's hard because I haven't been a part of so many games. Defensively, definitely I take it personally because I'm a part of our defense and a part of the team. I need to do a better job in that area."
(after the game)
RicBucher: I don't know how it will play out on the court, but incorporating Andrew Bogut into the Warriors promises to be a
fascinating social experiment, as far as team building is concerned. After the Warriors lost a season-high fifth in a row to the Rockets, Bogut was pointed about how the team's defense must improve. "Definitely one-on-one, 1 through 5," he said. "We have to take it personal. We rely too much on the help to come." The rub: the Warriors don't have good one-on-one defenders, starting with their two biggest stars, Steph Curry and David Lee. Up until recently, the Warriors have been effective by playing a zone-ish D with loads of quick, sharp rotations and help. Bogut has a legitimate point, but it's a different approach than has been heard previously in the Warriors' lockerroom. This should be good.
- No interesting notes tonight.
- We got four guys in the All-Star break on all 3 days, so stick around for some open threads when the time comes.
- Everyone else gets 6 days off to rest, get away, and refocus.
- Next Tuesday, we'll be up in Utah, and the Jazz - 7th spot - are knocking on our doors for the 6th spot in the Western standings.
|Tue||Feb 19||6:00 PM||@Jazz||CSNBayHD||KNBR 680|
|Wed||Feb 20||7:30 PM||Suns||CSNBayHD||KNBR 680|
|Fri||Feb 22||7:30 PM||Spurs||CSNBayHD ESPN||KNBR 680|
|Sun||Feb 24||12:30 PM||@Timberwolves||CSNBayHD||KNBR 680|
|Tue||Feb 26||4:00 PM||@Pacers||CSNBayHD||KNBR 680|
Full broadcast schedule at warriors.com/schedule.