Well it's about time!
The Warriors won a game. It's been so long since the last win that I almost forgot what it was like.
So, here's what the Warriors have established in their last 14 games. They're better than the Timberwolves, not better than a bunch of other teams. But the Warriors don't get to play the Timberwolves every game for the rest of the season so they're going to figure out how to beat someone else other than the Timberwolves.
But first, a win is a win is a win is a win. I'll take it.
- First and foremost, Monta is amazing. First, he played every single minute on the 2nd game of a back to back. Not only that, but he had an amazing game. 34 points on 13-24 shooting, 3 of 4 from 3, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. He made big shot after big shot. It was as if he and Keith Smart knew this was their best shot a win so they made sure they were going to get it.
- I believe we've finally found our backup point guard, Acie Law! I fought the Law and the Law won. The lineup with Monta, Reggie Williams and Law played very well in the 4th to push the lead bigger and bigger. He was diving on the floor, getting to the bucket, and shutting down the opposing point guard. Charlie Bell and Jeremy Lin won't be playing much when Stephen Curry comes back.
- Reggie Williams continues his brilliance with Steph out. He's really taking advantage of his time as a starter. Tonight was perhaps his best game so far - 26 points on 8-13 shooting, 4-7 from 3 with 5 boards. When Curry returns if Reggie can keep this up off the bench, the Warriors will finally some confidence that their bench will give them production.
- The Warriors hung with the best rebounding team in the league, with a 43-47 rebound deficit. The 11 boards from David Lee and 12 boards from Andris Biedrins were huge towards keeping the possessions alive and keeping the Twolves off the offensive glass. I'm still waiting for Lou Amundson to hit the boards a little more. He had just 3 rebounds in 26 minutes.
- Free throw shooting is a problem. Even though they got to the line 31 times (24 for the Twolves), the Warriors shot an awful 61.3%. They're one of the worst free throw shooting teams. They can't give away free points and hope to continue to win. They'll need to convert them at a higher percentage to compete with better teams.
- I have to give props to Darko Milicic. He's finally providing the Twolves with some production after having so the hype from many years ago. He's still been a bust, but tonight he looked great with 25 points (12-19 FG's) and 11 rebounds.
- Lastly, I don't know if Joe Lacob and the new owners will bring us a championship, but I love having an owner who is passionate about winning and seems to be a good leader at the top. He's always in his courtside seat facing the Warriors bench and you can tell he's emotionally invested in the outcome of the game. Only time will tell if he succeeds but so far he's saying and doing all the right things.
Monta, of course!