Postgame Quotes: Clippers lose to Warriors 115-112

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The Los Angeles Clippers fell 115-112 at home to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, despite a 13-0 run to finish the game.

The Clippers were once again without Blake Griffin as they continue to look up at the Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference standings. 

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“They played way better than us throughout the game. It was pretty clear that they trusted each other so much offensively. I look at the 115 points that they scored, and if you don’t know basketball, you would say that it was a horrible defensive night. I thought it was a horrible night offensively, and they created a horrible defensive night. We were impatient and we stood around far more than usual. I can’t wait to see the isolations that we had over and over again. That’s just not the way I like to play and I don’t think that’s a very effective way for our team to play. You have to give some credit to their defense, but I just thought we wanted to win the game so badly that we could not win the game. We were in the way of ourselves a lot tonight.”

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS RE: Positives that can be taken from tonight’s game

“One thing I liked was that we didn’t flinch when they jumped out to an early lead. We just kept playing. I think that’s how you have to play against the Warriors, they are a team of runs and they are going to make runs, but we are too.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL RE: Execution against Golden State

“[The Warriors] executed really well, we had a few bad stretches and we know we have to be better, and I think we will be.”

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL RE: Pressure of playing Warriors

“They are sort of becoming like San Antonio in that they won’t beat themselves, you’ve got to beat them. We didn’t communicate as well as we could have tonight and they made us pay when we didn’t.”

CLIPPERS CENTER DEANDRE JORDAN RE: Golden State’s offensive efficiency

“Anytime you let somebody score 115 points then the first thing I am going to think of is our defense. When we cut it to six in the third quarter we had a couple of turnovers that got their lead back to double-digits. We just have to take care of the ball. I felt like in the second half it was just two totally different teams.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD JEFF GREEN RE: Contribution to Clippers

“I want to give this team whatever it needs. Whether it be on the offensive or defensive end, I want to win. Being around these guys, I know it is important I know it is big for everybody and I want to do whatever it takes to win.”

CLIPPERS FORWARD JEFF GREEN RE: Time needed to acclimate to team

“It is going to take time, but how much time I do not know. My job is to study and get in the playbook and take this time to try and figure out my spots. It is not going to come over night but as long as I continue to work on it, it will come.”

WARRIORS HEAD COACH STEVE KERR RE: Team’s mindset for tonight’s game following a loss in Portland

“These guys are very competitive. We haven’t lost two in a row all season, which we are very proud of. I thought tonight was a good response to a great challenge because the Clippers have been playing really well they are a great team, and on the road after a long flight, it is a great win.”

WARRIORS GUARD KLAY THOMPSON RE: Overall thoughts on tonight’s game

“Up until the last minute we played well. I am just proud of the way that we were solid with the ball. When we don’t turn it over, we are tough to beat.”

WARRIORS GUARD STEPHEN CURRY RE: Team’s mindset going into tonight’s game

“[Our mindset was to] play better than we did last night, focus on and take care of the basketball, and playing with a lot of intensity. We did that.”

WARRIORS GUARD STEPHEN CURRY RE: Tough matchup between Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan

“I knew he [Draymond Green] would be ready for that matchup [with DeAndre Jordan] and it was just a matter of us helping him on the glass and then using that to our advantage on the offensive end by forcing them in to tough rotations and mismatches and being able to push the tempo. So if we can control the paint and the rebound game then I like that matchup to our advantage.”

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Rohit Ghosh

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