Game Links #47: Golden State Warriors 113 vs Phoenix Suns 93 - Warriors slop through the 1st half, wear down the Suns in the 2nd half

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Recap:
Game thread: Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns game thread: Dubs All Day! (970+ comments)
Preview: Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns Preview: Dubs All Day!
Q&A: Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns Q&A: Trying to find a bright side to the Sun's season

Suns: Bright Side Of The Sun
Recap: Suns final score: Phoenix falls in Oakland, 113-93
Q&A + Game thread: Phoenix Vs. Golden State Gamethread plus bonus GSoM Q&A
Preview: Phoenix Suns take on Golden State Warriors in Pacific Division Duel


Recaps

Associated Press: Curry helps Warriors to a 113-93 win over Suns | Photo Gallery
Sports Network: Curry, Warriors take down Suns
Rusty Simmons: Curry sparks Warriors to rout of Suns
Kyle Bonagura: Instant Replay: Warriors 113, Suns 93
Marcus Thompson II: Golden State Warriors rout Phoenix Suns


Fri, Feb 1

- Klay Thompson feels like he's got plenty more things to learn before reaching his potential.
Marcus Thompson II: Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson learning his lessons
Rusty Simmons: Warriors' Thompson shoots down decoy role

- KNBR, 95.7 FM Audio
10:01 min: 95.7 FM: Kevin Harlan on The Wheelhouse


Matt Steinmetz on the Rudy Gay trade


Pregame News

- Previews of the game.
Kyle Bonagura: Banged-up W's look to build record behind surging Thompson

- Curry's back, doesn't feel like he should be on any limitations.
Kyle Bonagura: Curry will play against Phoenix

Pregame Videos

- No pregame videos.


Postgame News

- No postgame news.

Postgame Videos


Mark Jackson at the podium.


David Lee in the locker room.


Stephen Curry in the locker room.

- More locker room interviews.
10.8 MB: David Lee in the locker room. (Exact same as the CSN video above.)
7.5 MB: Stephen Curry in the locker room. (Same answers found in the CSN video above.)
16.2 MB: Andrew Bogut in the locker room.


CSN highlights, recap.


Highlights by Blaiyan.

- Recap and highlights from nba.com's game page:
Hoop and Harm
Bogut Down the Lane
Curry in a Hurry
Suns vs. Warriors: First half
Suns vs. Warriors

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

Audio
Warriors vs. Suns: Postgame Interviews (2/2/13) by Warriors
Mark Jackson
On putting Stephen Curry in the lineup tonight:
“I watched him warm-up and then talked to him after that. Earlier today he was pleading, but I just wanted to use wisdom and make sure it was the right thing to do. The worst thing to do was to rush him out there and then we have something else to deal with. We have a bunch of games coming up and we wanted to be smart. When he was in the game I asked him how he felt and he said ‘I felt fine’ and I went with him. He had a heck of a ball game.”

On their first half:
“We didn’t play our brand of basketball, but give them credit. Lindsey Hunter is doing a very good job with that basketball team; it’s great to see. I was in that position before being shorthanded, not enough talent, but they fought scratched and clawed and made it tough in the first half. They were prepared. It is very easy to let go of the rope. When you see a team like that, still battling, it’s a reflection of the job the coach is doing. He’s done a very good job of trying to change their culture and they are on their way. This is the first step. That being said, we were disappointed with our first half. We got on our guys and talked about adjustments our guys had to make. To our credit, we did a very good job defending, executing, rebound, taking care of the basketball and playing out our pace.”

On closing out games:
“I just think it is our ability to be united. We are a team that’s together. We understand the assignment, we understand the call – when you are together it’s tough to let go of the rope. I know it’s a sermon we have been preaching all year long, but it’s the truth. You don’t stumble into wins. This is a team that is together. We understand that we are a very god team and we understand what we have to do to continue to win.”

On Harrison Barnes:
“I don’t think enough credit has been given to him. He’s a rookie starting at the small forward position, one of the toughest positions to play in this league, and he’s played a huge role in us being 13 games over .500. I’m very patient with him. He’s defending from day one, competed and he’s a high character guy. He’s only going to get better. I though tonight he was attacking, aggressive and not only offensively, but he had to guard Michael Beasley who’s a heck of a scorer and had to guard him for long stretches - did a very good job.”

On having both Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut in the lineup:
“We are a different basketball team with those guys on the floor. Offensively, defensively – it puts everybody in their proper rotational spot. When you start the type of lineup that we start, we have every right to believe that we can win any ballgame we play in.”
Stephen Curry
On the first quarter:
“I don’t know, we just didn’t have any energy, any enthusiasm for what we were doing. We realized that when we were in the locker room at halftime watching film. We saw the lack of effort we had, and obviously this is a big game for us. We’ve got to check this one off the list and get back to Warriors basketball.”

On third quarter adjustments:
“I think we had like eight straight stops. Whenever we get stops and rebounds and get into the transition game it fuels our offense. You have to feel so good about what you’re doing, they had I think six points at the six-minute mark in the third quarter, and we were able to get back in the game.”

On if Phoenix is a tougher matchup than their record suggests:
“I do (agree). You put Beasley at the forward, they have a ton of guys that can score. You’ve just got to be prepared. I think that’s what happened in the first half, we just kind of got lost out there a little bit. We recognized the situation and were able to make adjustments in the second half.”

On how it feels to have Andrew Bogut back and healthy:
“It feels great. It took us a while to be here but we have a full healthy squad now. To have everyone on the court active and ready to play, this is what the front office envisioned going into the season. We’ve got to take advantage of it, and especially with the cushion that we just built we have to keep building.”
Andrew Bogut
On spreading the ball:
“We spread the ball out and played as a team. We have a lot of good scorers and team-oriented guys, some great shooting. My problem tonight was offensively turning the basketball over. We cleaned that up a little bit.”

On the first half:
“There wasn’t energy, to be honest. I don’t think that we came out with the intensity in the first half. We were allowing offensive rebounds and second-chance points but we were able to turn the page and it worked out.”

On how he'll get his body ready for a postseason run:
“We get the All-Star break and start playing back-to-back, so I may be getting a little more minutes. I’ve just got to be more patient with it and help get us into the playoffs and go from there. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
David Lee
On the first half:
“Phoenix came out and played very hard tonight. They were an aggressive team in the first half. At halftime we watched some film on them and tried to make our corrections and play hard in the second half.”

On Stephen Curry:
“You mean ‘Willis Reed’ Curry? He came back tonight and played the way Steph is capable of playing. He really led us in that second half, not only making plays for himself but finding other guys.”

Interesting Tweets
RicBucher: Going heavy on Warriors tonight, especially after a less-than-marquee Suns-Ws tilt, but two items of note: with

Bogut back (I won't say healthy because he's still favoring his surgically repaired left ankle), they very well could be the best passing team, collectively, in the league. They had four players tonight with 7 assists or more tonight (Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Jarrett Jack, David Lee) and Bogut could easily join the party. Who is their biggest competition for that unofficial title? Spurs or Clippers would be at the top of my list.
Second item: perhaps it should go without saying, but don't look for the Warriors to be active at the trade deadline. The rumor that they were making a hard push for Rudy Gay was not accurate, a team source says, and while they would not turn down the chance to make an upgrade, they're not motivated to mess around with a chemistry that is as good as any in the league.

Notes

- No interesting notes tonight.


What's next?

- We get a couple of days off before the next game, which is ANOTHER 4-games-in-5-nights with a much more challenging lineup this time. Expected result? 2-2?

- And of course, go 49ers!

Day Date Time Opponent TV Radio
Tue Feb 5 5:00 PM @Rockets CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Wed Feb 6 5:00 PM @Thunder CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Fri Feb 8 5:00 PM @Grizzlies CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Sat Feb 9 5:30 PM @Mavericks CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Tue Feb 12 7:30 PM Rockets CSNBayHD KNBR 680

Full broadcast schedule at warriors.com/schedule.

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