Undermanned, Undersized Warriors Make a Game of it Before Falling to Clippers, 112-104

Nate Robinson had 28 points, 8 assists and five rebounds. Brandon Rush has 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Dominic McGuire didn’t score, but had 11 rebounds and five assists and helped turn the game around.

Thanks to the trip off the bench, the undermanned Warriors put a scare into the host Los Angeles Clippers, eventually falling 112-104.

The Warriors played without forward David Lee, knocked out of the lineup by a strained groin. Golden State didn’t get much from rookie Jeremy Tyler or center Andris Biedrins, who combined for 4 points, 2 rebounds and 8 fouls in a combined 35 minutes. Yet, the Warriors were able to come behind from 19 down to make a game of it,

JACKSON: “We realize that we can’t win a checkers match right now. We’re not good enough. We have to stick to the game plan, work extremely hard and execute on both sides of the basketball. And we did that. Great things happen.”

Chris Paul scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 28 points, 13 assists and 3 steals. Blake Griffin had 20 points and 9 rebounds as the Clippers pounded the Warriors inside. Golden State was outrebounded.

But the Warriors stayed close with grit and 3-point shooting, knocking down 15 of 31 from behind the arc. Klay Thompson, who had 24 points, knocked down four 3-pointers. As did Dorell Wright, who had 23 points.

The Warriors’ bench, however, was the real difference maker. Golden State got 52 points, 25 rebounds and 17 assists from the reserves, most of which came from Robinson, Rush and McGuire.

JACKSON: “Those guys, they’ve been awesome all year long, particularly when we’ve been shorthanded. They’ve stepped up. Every night it doesn’t show on the stat sheet when you look at the numbers. But their body of work, their total effort, their approach, their professionalism. those are winning guys. their approach is contagious. I’m really happy for them getting the opportunity … Those guys were home, some of them, without a job. I don’t think that’s going to be the case anymore.”

Marcus Thompson

  • Ewok

    Bloody but Unbowed!

    Sure i don’t like losing.

    But if this is a glimpse of a bigger picture, then the future looks promising with wins not just convincing, but exciting as well.

    If we can perform this well without …., Imagine how we can perform with ….! With David Lee, Curry, Bogut and and a great pick next year.. we can finally give up the coffee.

    I hope Mark Jackson develops Dom Mcguire into another Rodman type of player. I think he has a great talent with rebounding and defense and this is something we cannot afford not to look into.

    What could be sad however, are the players we will give up next year. My prediction to that will be Dorrell Wright, Chris Wright, possibly RJ and NRobinson for trade and room cap. I wish we could find a way to retain everyone.

  • Ewok

    It’s weird finding satisfactions with losing. I guess losses like this don’t really matter for as long as there’s a promising eventuality behind these losses.

    Anyway, if this game is just a glimpse of what we are going to see in the near future… considering we played without our core players, Just imagine how this team will perform with our main guys. Having said that, there is a promise of excitement down the road, and a winning contender for that matter.

    One more thing, it will be great to see Dominic Mcguire turn into another Rodman without the cross-dressing of course, better not lose sight of the potential of what this guy can become and bring to the table…

    This game also proved my theory on Dorrell Wright’s game. A big part of his game was taken over by David Lee. Not to say David Lee is ineffective ainefficient, but Dorell Wright has to get his early touches before he can get going

  • I was happy to see them lose for our tanking campaign a couple of weeks ago but now it’s just a matter of they can’t win and we still might not be able to lose enough to get our pick…It’s forced me to pretend like this season is already over and start looking ahead…I’ve put all my thoughts on the draft, free agency, trades and 2013 predictions in my latest column at http://www.trappedingoldenstate.com/2012/04/2013-look-ahead.html so check it out and come on back to talk about it or drop me a line there…

  • david

    I find it mildly amusing that the same day Bill Simmons writes an article about how David Lee will get pulled with some injury for the rest of the year: (http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7809914/absurd-tanking-knicks-surging-miami-madness) – look @ #4

    He is now out with a groin injury. Here’s to next year!

  • moderate voter

    I think Warriors need to bring back Robinson, Rush, and McQuire next season, if possible. Robinson is a game changer coming off the bench, he makes steals, can drive to the hoop, and he can get hot from the outside. I’m impressed with his ability to knock down treys. Rush has played great all year, I’m sure Warriors will bring him back, same with McGuire, but I wonder about Robinson. He had cloud over head coming to Warriors, but I think he’s proved – conclusively he’s an NBAS player that can be a game changer.

  • TownLove

    I think whether they pay Robinson, Ruch and Mcguire will really show if Lacob is about winning and putting his money where his mouth is. We should have a very solid bench next year.

  • TownLove

    Hopefully we land a good SF in the lottery. If not I think DWright and Rush should be able to fill that role next year.

  • Ewok

    If we need an SF next year, we still need Dorrell Wright for his defensive skills he gained from his experience. Despite his woes from his treys, he is still capable of limiting the likes of Lebron James and Kevin Durant (Notice i said “limiting,” not stopping).

    On the other hand, i really don’t care if we lose Dorrell Wright in the process because we Brandon Rush is an excellent player – Sixth Man.

    Dorrell Wright is a good distributor and moves well away from the ball. It is too soon to give up on this guy and that will be a bad Management decision. Let’s work on his game first. On the other hand, Biedrins is due for a trade or even a pre-mature retirement.

    I think we should make adjustments for Wright to give his game more freedom and creativity. We give him up now, he will surely do well with the next team.

    People often forget how good a player he was last year.

  • Harp’s Dubs

    Like many of you, I’m a huge Pistons, Nets and Raptors fan right now as they continue to get closer to us in the standings, giving us a better chance to keep that top-seven protected pick.

    Am I hoping we use that pick for a small forward? No!

    Trade the pick, Steph Curry and Andris Biedrins for Rajon Rondo.

    Why would the Celts do it? No guarantee of either KG or Ray Allen re-signing, while Pierce is aging. Do they want this team to eventually be Rondo’s? I’m not sure they do. In making this trade, they get a young, though oft-injured, PG in Curry and a top 7 pick. They, of course, would be saddled with Andris Biedrins, but only for one more year, unless he exercises his last year option (which he’d be a fool not to).

    We’d need to re-sign McGuire and Rush and not worry about Robinson and hope Jenkins continues to develop into a solid back-up PG.
    The draft pick we have from San Antonio should be a guy like West Virginia’s Kevin Jones, who led the Big East in scoring and rebounding, but is projected low because of his” lack of athleticism”. Or, take a flyer on Syracuse’s Fab Melo, a legit 7 footer. If we go the Melo route, our second round pick from New Jersey should be local kid who flourished in New Mexico after a failed stint in Westwood, Drew Gordon.

    Our starting five next year would be:
    PG – Rondo
    SG – Thompson
    SF – Jefferson
    PF – Lee
    C – Bogut
    That’s a very good starting five in the league.
    Our bench would be Jenkins, Rush, Wright, McGuire, Tyler, Kevin Jones, which is a good mix of defense, energy and scoring. Put the starters and bench together and you have a play-off team capable of landing a four or five seed.

  • deano

    Harp’sDubs: Good trade. The Celts would have to give up something more, to make the salaries match. Brandon Bass would do it; and it would have to be him, because they have so few players under contract for next season.

  • Harp’s Dubs

    @Deano: DONE!