"Don't cry Mark! Trust me, it will be okay!" Joe Lacob consoling Coach Jackson after giving him the news that Monta was traded.
On a night where the Warriors pre-game meeting started off with the news that the team's leading scorer and best defender had been traded the game itself may have become an afterthought to most Warriors fans. Well, the remaining Warriors went out on the floor and put the focus back on the game of basketball by trouncing the Kings 115-89. Jump for some surprising game notes.
- Klay Thompson was thrust into the starting shooting guard spot and ended the night with 14pts 5ast 4reb in a career high 42 minutes.
- Andris Biedrins chips in a decent looking 30 minutes of basketball. I wonder if he will actually share the court with Stephen Jackson this season. If so it will be interesting to see if they still have any of that pick and roll chemistry from the good ol' days. I'm guessing no...
- Dominic McGuire looked surprisingly smooth on offense. Who is this guy? 8pts 4ast and some slick ball handling from a guy who is usually a total zero on offense.
- Jenkins took advantage of the extra minutes available in the backcourt tonight with 15pts in 19 minutes.
- With 20 team assists and six players with 14 or more points the Warriors didn't have any problem sharing the load on offense tonight and picking up the slack from Monta's absence. The team may have lost their one leading scorer, but tonight they actually had three leading scorers (Lee, Rush and Nate all had 17) and you know that three is better than one. That's basic arithmetic.
I know he didn't play, but his pregame interview was pure class and he gave us a ton of great memories in his time as a Warrior. Thanks for everything Monta!