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Warriors Game Day Links #65: Golden State Warriors 81 vs New Orleans Hornets 83 - Goaltend keeps the tank crawling along

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April 24, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Chris Wright (33) controls the rebound against the New Orleans Hornets during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
April 24, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Chris Wright (33) controls the rebound against the New Orleans Hornets during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

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Warriors: Golden State of Mind
Recap: To be added: Title
Game thread: Game Thread #65: New Orleans Hornets @ Golden State Warriors - Perhaps the most important game of the year (tank!) (630+ comments)

Hornets: At The Hive
Recap: Hornets Win! And... Lose!
Game thread: Game 65: New Orleans Hornets (20-44) @ Golden State Warriors (23-41)


Associated Press: Hornets beat Warriors 83-81 on Wright's goaltend | Photo Gallery
Sports Network: Belinelli lifts Hornets over Warriors
Matt Steinmetz: Warriors lose to Hornets on last-second goaltending call
Rusty Simmons: Warriors lose game and ground in bid to keep pick

Pregame News

- Matt Steinmetz thinks losing the pick this summer isn't that big of a deal.
Matt Steinmetz: If Warriors lose pick, fans shouldn't sweat

- Bob Myers was named GM, Larry Riley remains as Director of Scouting. Press Release
Matt Steinmetz: Warriors promote Myers to GM
Matt Steinmetz: Myers ascends to top of Warriors' front office
Marcus Thompson II: Warriors make Bob Myers their GM
Marcus Thompson II: It Was a Matter of Time Before Warriors Replaced Larry Riley with Bob Myers, But Why Now?

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

Pregame Videos

- KNBR, 95.7FM Audio
5:59 min: Mon: Matt Steinmetz, Tierney and Davis
9:29 min: Mark Jackson, The Rise Guys
19:06 min: Chris Mullin, Tom Tolbert
15:55 min: Larry Riley, Tom Tolbert

Mark Jackson at shootaround.
3:13 min: Mark Jackson at shootaround, mp3 link, exact same interview

Bob Myers as GM press conference.

More Bob Myers as GM press conference.

8:27 min: Tim Roye interviews Bob Myers

Postgame News

- No postgame news found.

Postgame Videos

Mark Jackson at the podium.

CSN highlights, recap.

Final minute of the game by gumbywithpokey.

Recap and highlights from's game page:
Hornets vs. Warriors: First half
Wright Stuff
Rush Steal and Score
Thompson's And-one
Frantic Finish
Hornets vs. Warriors

Postgame Quotes and Stuff from recap

Photo Gallery

Warriors vs. Hornets: Postgame Interviews (4/24/12) by GoldenStateWarriors
Mark Jackson
On Playing The Younger Players Down The Stretch:
"I thought it would be a great opportunity to see what these other guys have. It's easy to do it when the season is over with and it's easy to do it during summer league, but I really wanted to see what they could do against NBA players. I think each guy has really displayed improvement across the board. You look at a guy like Charles (Jenkins) struggling shooting the ball, struggling to score but has a good floor game and ends up with a double-double. He's trying to learn the point guard position and he's out there doing it with other guys playing out of position because we are so shorthanded. Overall, really pleased with how my young guys have developed and how they compete."

On Looking At Potential Rotations For Next Season:
"I know where Klay Thompson fits. Other than that, it's based on improvements we make as a team, whether it be through the draft or free agency or any other avenue we take. Ultimately, if I'm one of those young guys it's important to take this summer very serious, improve my game and put myself in position to play. The one guy that's going to play, no matter what happens, is Klay [Thompson]. It's important for those other guys to continue to get better."

On Using These Final Games To Evaluate Players:
"Well Charles [Jenkins] I know what he is. We've had a season of him starting eight games when Steph [Stephen Curry] initially went down - playing great. Going from backup, again to starter, we know who he is. He is a legitimate pro. The question is, whether he starts as a backup or as a third guard. This summer is going to be very important for him to hang around, get better, develop and put himself in position where he has a legitimate chance. He's a pro and I'm very, very pleased with him - everything about him. I think the other guys, it's important with him to develop, but with Charles [Jenkins] - I look at young guards around this league and he has toughness, competes, he's a scorer and defensively he gets after it. He's going to have to learn some things in the offseason, as far as the point guard position, but I'm very pleased with his progress."
Klay Thompson
On His Injury During Tonight's Game:
"I did get kicked in the shin pretty hard. It's throbbing pretty hard right now, but I'll be able to go Thursday."

On The Level Of Pride The Rookies Are Showing:
"To play those minutes in the fourth and getting a lot of experience with our players - Mickell [Gladness], Jeremy [Tyler] will just grow from it. We've all got a bright future and [close] to the end of the season, playing all of these minutes pays a lot if dividends in the future when we get it."

On The End of the Game:
"You always want to be in as a competitor. I really wanted to be out there. I feel like I had it going but I've got to give it up to Chris Wright. He's doing his thing hustling and making plays."
Jeremy Tyler
On The Significance of his Increased Playing Time:
"It means a lot. Coach [Jackson] feels as if I'm deserving [of] a lot of minutes out there, so I just go out there and try to do my best. [I'm] trying to work on everything that I've been working on all season. I'm still learning a lot, so I'm just going out there trying to get better every game."

On the Upcoming Offseason:
"I'll be up here the majority of the summer working out and training with the other rookies. Just work harder than I did last year. Looking at this season, everything that I've missed out on, everything that I need to work on-just maximizes that in the offseason and just work at things that I really need to get better at. [I] definitely need to get stronger, work on my post game, my defense and everything. Just watch a lot of film and just prepare for the next year."

Interesting Tweets

(before the game)
gswscribe: I know its not the popular take, but Larry Riley deserves a lot of respect for the job he did
gswscribe: GSW needed a certain guy to do job under Rowell, after Mullin fallout, under ownership change, now under Lacob. Hardly enviable situations
gswscribe: Riley had security and humility to operate in shadows of big personalities. Takes a certain kind of guy. Most couldn't work in such envrnmnt

gswscribe: David Lee was whisked off to Philadelphia to see Dr. William Meyers about his strained groin

(after the game)
gswscribe: TANK WATCH: Boy, did Marco Belinelli & Chris Wright save the Warriors. Golden State's loss kept them alive for finishing tied for seventh. A loss would have left them tied for 8th with DET, meaning (depending on the coin flip) they would've had at best a 10% chance of keeping pick. But if Warriors lose Thursday, they'll finish tied for 7th with either NJ or TOR. A coin flip Friday would decide who's 7th and 8th. If - big if - CLE wins last two games (vs. WAS, at CHI), GSW could tie for 6th.


- No interesting notes to add tonight.

What's next?

- The last game of the season is a MUST LOSE if we want a good chance at keeping that pick.

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