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Warriors Game Day Links #51: Golden State Warriors 112 @ LA Lakers 120 - 4th qtr surge put a good scare into the tank job

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Apr 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Box score | Gameflow

SBNation Network

Warriors: Golden State of Mind
Recap: Recap #51: Lakers 120, Warriors 112: Mission Accomplished.
Game thread: Game Thread #51: Golden State Warriors at LA Lakers — The Tank Rolls into Staples Center (870+ comments)

Lakers: Silver Screen and Roll
Recap: Lakers 120, Warriors 112: Kobe Bryant's Quick Trigger Wins Shootout
Game thread: Lakers-Warriors Open Thread
Preview: Lakers - Warriors Preview: Building A Cushion


Associated Press: Lakers beat Warriors 120-112 behind Bryant's 40 | Photo Gallery
Sports Network: Bryant returns to form as Lakers top Warriors
Matt Steinmetz: Kobe, Lakers too much for Warriors in L.A.
Marcus Thompson II: Not-Tanking Warriors Still Lose to Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers 120-112
Adam Lauridsen: Still Rolling (Warriors 112, Lakers 120)
Rusty Simmons: Lakers down Warriors

Pregame News

- Mickell Gladness is officially signed for the rest of the season. Warriors Sign Mickell Gladness For Remainder Of Season

- Previews of the game.
Matt Steinmetz: Warriors-Lakers: What to watch for

Pregame Videos

1:22 min: Charles Jenkins after Saturday practice

Video link: Sat: Warriors Practice Interviews

Postgame News

- The international draft crop isn't as good as last season's, but there are some some intriguing prospects.
Rusty Simmons: Warriors could 'draft-and-stash' draft pick

Postgame Videos

Mark Jackson in the hallway.

CSN highlights, recap.

Recap and highlights from's game page:
Warriors vs. Lakers: First half
Wright On Time
Dorell's Hip Shot
Warriors vs. Lakers

Postgame Quotes and Stuff from recap

Photo Gallery

Warriors at Lakers Postgame Interviews (4/1/12) by GoldenStateWarriors
Mark Jackson
On Tonight's Game:
"I was very proud of the way we fought. There was a point in this game were [the Lakers] were making shots, making plays, they had us on the rope but we battled back. We responded --we put ourselves in position to win the game. They made tough shots, especially Kobe. But that's why he's paid the big bucks."

On Matching Up With The Lakers:
"I give [the Lakers] credit. At the end of the day, we had 3 quarters where we gave up 30 or more points. [The Lakers] shot 54 percent from the field, but I can't fault the effort of my guys. We're really close."

On His Expectations For The Warriors:
"I'm just not going to tolerate games where we don't play with energy and effort for 48 minutes. We're not good enough to play 48 minutes without energy effort quite honestly. Some teams are. But I'm proud of this group the way they've been not just tonight but all year long. We've had every excuse tailor made for us and never used it. Tonight, once again, we battled."

On Klay Thompson:
"He's a heck of a player. He's as good of a shooter as anyone in this league and he's only going to get better. He's not just a shooter. Coming in, people thought that, but he's also a guy that can pass the ball and competes on the defensive end. He's going to make mistakes -- he made mistakes tonight. But you can live with mistakes when people are playing with energy and effort."
Klay Thompson
On Staying Positive Despite Team's Recent Results:
"We just need to keep playing hard and play together. We're undersized out there, but we made up for it with effort and we need to keep doing that."

On Defending Kobe Bryant:
"I thought I played good defense, but he's one of the better scorers in the world, so he's going to make his shots. He was on tonight and that happens. As far as one-on-one, he made some tough turnarounds and that's what he does."
Dorell Wright
On Kobe Bryant:
"You definitely know tonight after the game he had yesterday, he was going to come out here, try to be very aggressive and try to make his first few shots. He had a good night and you just have to live with it. He's one of the best players ever to do this. Guys did a good job on him. He just made real tough shots."

On Team Responding To Lakers Making Shots:
"You just have to play hard. When you play hard, you put yourself in a good position at the end of the game to be in the game. If we continue to do our thing and play hard --- we just have to play a 48-minute game --- we'll be fine"
David Lee
On Tonight's Game:
"I don't think the game was lost in the fourth quarter. The game was lost in the third quarter when they made a nice little run. By the time we fought back, we had to play perfect basketball. They made some tough shots down the stretch."

On The Team's Approach In The Final Month Of The Season:
"At this point, we're trying to finish the season strong. We made some trades and we have some guys injured. At this point, we're trying to continue to play our last games with as much intensity as we can and get as many wins as we can."

On Mixing Up Their Defense Against The Lakers:
"They're 28th in the league in three-point percentage and obviously, they have an advantage in the post. Coming in, you know that we're going to mix in some zone and try to force them to shoot contested outside shots. Tonight, give them credit cause their shots were going in. I thought we hung in there well considering, but I wish we could have found a way to get the win."

Interesting Tweets

(before the game)
Rusty_SFChron: Warriors center Mickell Gladness isn't with the team bc of family matters. He's expected to rejoin the team in the next couple of days.
gswscribe: A personal matter has pulled Mickell Gladness away. He'll rejoin the team in a couple days


- From the Rusty/MT2 tweets, Mickell Gladness is not with the team due to family matters.
- Charles Jenkins banged knees in the 3rd qtr. I guess it hurt enough so that he didn't return.

What's next?

- Even though the back-to-backs have lightened up a little, there's lots and lots of travel involved. Even the home games are "in and out", travel home, then travel back on the road. Good for tanking.

Day Date Time Opponent TV Radio
Tue Apr 03 5:00pm @Grizzlies CSNBayHD KTCT 1050
Wed Apr 04 5:00pm @TWolves CSNBayHD KTCT 1050
Fri Apr 06 6:00pm @Jazz CSNBayPlus KTCT 1050
Sat Apr 07 7:30pm Nuggets CSNBayHD / ESPN KNBR 680
Mon Apr 09 6:00pm @Nuggets CSNBayHD KTCT 1050
Wed Apr 11 7:30pm @Blazers CSNBayPlus / ESPN KTCT 1050
Thu Apr 12 7:30pm Mavericks TNT KNBR 680
Sat Apr 14 12:30pm @Clippers CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Mon Apr 16 7:30pm Spurs CSNBayPlus KTCT 1050
Wed Apr 18 7:30pm Lakers CSNBayHD / ESPN KTCT 1050

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