Game 2, In Their Own Words
At home games, we’ll be doing our own transcripts, but on the road, we’ll make do with quotes from a compendium of sources:
“They had their way with us.”
“Nash did what he wanted. He found holes in the defensive coverage we were playing and just lit us up. But we weren’t up to the task, so we made it pretty easy for them, I thought.”
“I was pretty disappointed in our defensive coverages. Nash is going to pick you apart whenever he can, and he certainly did. Offensively, we were inept. Other than that, we’re going home, and it’ll be Halloween.”
(On Stephen Curry)
“Hopefully, Curry will learn a little from each game. He saw a great point guard tonight, one that I know he would like to emulate.”
(On Anthony Randolph)
“He’ll get his minutes, but he’s 20 years old. We like him very much, but we want him to play a certain way.
“In the first game, I wanted to play that bigger lineup, so that made him the third power forward. But I like the way he played. I have no negatives at all about what he did when he was on the floor.”
“He can do the spectacular that not many can, but it’s the regular that we’d like a little more of. I hate to say I want a guy to be more ordinary, but everything can’t be sensational. He’s got to do a lot of ordinary stuff, too.”
(Declining to discuss his oscillating use of Randolph)
“No. I put ‘em in, and they come out when I take ‘em out.”
“They dominated us the whole game. We were soft.”
(On Don Nelson’s varying lineups)
“It’s been like that since I’ve been here. I mean, we’ve never had a solid lineup. But coach makes that decision, he feels confident with the guys he puts out there, and I think as a team we’ve got to find a way to get the job done.”
(On the lack of ball movement)
“We don’t move the ball as well as we have in past years, but it’s the second game of the season, so hopefully it will get better. The chemistry we have is not even close to what we used to have. But I think it’s up to the coaches to figure out what guys to have out there and get that chemistry back.”
(On Stephen Curry)
“The rookie season is always tough, and Curry is going through the ups and downs of learning the game. But he’s going to be a great player in this league.”
“They got an early lead. We were reacting to what they were doing instead of forcing them into tough situations. Because of that we got into foul trouble and we just couldn’t get a flow going. We tried to force things early and that kind of set the tone for the rest of the game.”
(On Steve Nash’s performance)
“Twenty assists? That’s hard to do. He’s always in the right position to set his teammates up.
“He didn’t really force anything, and made the shots when he had to take them. That’s how he plays. That’s why he’s one of the best point guards in the game.”
(On the lack of ball movement in the third quarter)
“I know the coaches are very aware of it, and they’re going to figure out why it happens, when it happens, what lineups out there force it to happen. I don’t really know why or the answers, really. But we have to kind of cut that out and keep the ball moving, and it starts with the point guards being able to move the ball and not make careless turnovers and find the open man. … It’s going to take time. We’re young. We’re going to get it right.”
(On Don Nelson’s description of his team’s attack as ‘inept’)
“Not executing the plays very well. I think it was just not being able to run the plays that we wanted to and getting the shots we wanted. And we were kind of scrambling all night. That’s what inept means to me, I guess.”
(On Don Nelson’s varying lineups)
“I’ve got to come in ready to play, whenever he puts me in there. I’m just trying to get out there and prove myself to him.”
“They wore us down. They came out and played hard and they were the better team. They’re a great team, but I think we did it to ourselves tonight. We made a lot of unforced turnovers. We had everything we could hope for on our shots but they just weren’t going down. They started to run, they got out running and got fast break points and got to the line.”
“They were the more aggressive team, and they got everything they wanted.”
“It’s been two games and we’ve got a lot to go. But we need to find a way, somehow and quick.”
6 Responses to “Game 2, In Their Own Words”
Brock Landers October 31st, 2009 at 3:12 pm
How about telling us something we don’t already know.
Sam Smith, bulls.com and former tribune NBA writer, guessed in a recent column that Coach Nelson would be in Maui by Dec 28th.
commish October 31st, 2009 at 5:37 pm
Has Nelson ever said something like “I really suck as a coach and these ass-kickings are all on me because I’ve done nothing to build a solid team who know their roles and who can defend. Well, really, that part isn’t my problem because I abdicated defensive duties to my other coaches.
What a friggen joke he is.
Geoff Lepper October 31st, 2009 at 6:09 pm
Joe: Yeah, I would go ahead and bet the over on that one, since in order for Nelson to be in Maui on Dec. 28, the Warriors would have to go 24-3. (There is no way on Earth that Nelson is going back to Maui without Wilkens’ record.)
commish October 31st, 2009 at 7:14 pm
God knows he deserves it!
If Don is truly leaving after he gets his 24th win and it doesn’t come until say, March it’s worth the wait. But who will replace him? As long as the despicable Chris Cohan and his slimy yes-man Rowell are in charge, players and coaches will look upon Golden State as a place to be avoided.
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