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Recap: Recap #54: Golden State Warriors 102 vs New Orleans Hornets 89 - Warriors Find the Cure for a Hangover... On the Bench!
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- Transcript: Tim Kawakami interviews Larry Riley before the game.
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- Warriors assistant coach Rob Werdann spent 6 seasons with the Hornets, so this game had more meaning to him.
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- Maybe Warriors and defense can be mentioned in the same sentence now.
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CSN highlights, recap.
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Postgame Quotes and Stuff from warriors.com recap
2:22 min: Tim Roye interviews Charlie Bell right after the game
1:16 min: Tim Roye's Game Recap
On tonight's game:
"I just think we had it in us to do it. I thought our bench…the bench won the game for us tonight without a question. Those guys came in when we needed something. Charlie Bell was in here running the treadmill doing a power workout with Mark Grabow (Director of Athletic Development) before the game just getting ready. That’s a veteran. The guy hasn’t played all year, but he’s been conditioning and training for his moment, and this was his moment tonight. But the rest of the bench came in; they gave us an incredible boost. Monta (Ellis) and Stephen (Curry) picked up three fouls and we needed something. Jeremy Lin…the whole bench played well and gave us a cushion and got us back in the game and from there all we had to do is play ball and make this team chase us. We knew once we got a lead it was going to be difficult for this team to catch up with us."
On the bench tonight:
"Well I needed to keep a scorer on the floor. Dorell (Wright) has played very well against New Orleans. He’s done some nice things and I knew I would have a plus with him on the floor because he can run some pick-and-rolls, he can keep the floor spaced and also be a ball handler out there for us especially when those guys got those three fouls. So we kept a scorer on the floor with the other guys and keep them in kind of a motion type offense to where the ball isn’t stuck in one of those guys hands to be the decision maker and they just did a good job. It was a team effort. That’s what we’ve been trying to develop here…a functioning team."
On having two-straight quality wins:
"We’ve been known to have some great performances then have a let down right after. So for us to come out and not start the way we wanted to, but we found a way to stay in the game, our defense kept us in it all night. For us to get a win like that is huge for us especially before the All-Star break. We get another chance tomorrow to get a big win where we’ve struggled up in Utah. I’m looking forward to that opportunity."
On the team's recent defensive improvement:
"I think it’s been all about effort. I thought we controlled the paint and didn’t give them many easy buckets tonight. I think our defense especially in the second half really took off. We had a total team effort tonight. We rotated guys in and out. It was an unbelievable team effort against a very good New Orleans team who had our number last time they came."
On tonight's win coming before All-Star Weekend:
"We knew we had to get at least one out of two and now we have to get selfish and try to get both of these. We’re going into Utah, a tough Utah team who is struggling right now, we need to get one on the road to get our confidence up. It’s starting to look more and more like this East Coast trip that we have right after the break is going to be huge for us. We have to get a rhythm on the road and it starts tomorrow night."
- Jim Barnett hurt himself a couple weeks ago when he slipped on a wet metal grate and tore his quadricep tendon.
- We have a chance to beat the Jazz tomorrow night, who are going through a coaching change and may not have figured things out yet.