Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
The Warriors came out strong on Bollywood Night and beat down the Knicks by 29 points.
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I might've predicted 20+ points from Stephen Curry, David Lee, and Klay Thompson. Shoot, I might've even predicted a hot 11 for 20 from downtown and actually winning the battle on the glass. But there's no way I would've predicted a 29 point blowout of a good Knicks team tonight. Shoot, there's no way I would've predicted the Warriors could hold the Knicks to under 65 points.
It just looked too easy tonight, but I guess it can be that simple. So why was it so simple?
HORRENDOUS Knick Shooting
You have to give the Warriors a lot of credit for holding an opposing team to under 65 points and 27.4% FG. You really have to wonder how it's possible for a veteran Knicks team to even shoot that poorly though. At first I thought maybe it could be attributed to the Knicks being on the West Coast and playing the second night of a back-to-back. The problem is they didn't play last night.
So what's the explanatory variable for the Knicks' poor shooting tonight? I'm not really sure. Do you know?
Flagrant 2 on JR Smith
I was watching PTI (sorry a guilty ESPN pleasure) and I believe it was guest host Bob Ryan that noted JR Smith keeps both teams in the game. It's funny, but there's quite a lot of truth in that statement. Look at what happened tonight. I would wager that if JR Smith didn't get so frustrated with Harrison Barnes posting him up and get that stupid flagrant 2, this game would've been a lot closer. JR's the type of player that can
ball hog score his team back into any game.
Dubs En Fuego
I don't think it was until Steph's fifth three-pointer tonight that the Knicks decided to double-team him and trap him on the corners. I wonder if they forgot about this:
Anyhow, give it up to Curry and Klay Thomson for the red hot shooting, especially beyond the arc. 10 for 17 from downtown is getting it done and on most nights is probably enough to win it.
Bringing It on the Boards
In spite of the 54% of a Wilt Chamberlain the Warriors lost to the Knicks 2 weeks ago. A major reason was the difference on the glass. Tyson Chandler collected a dominating 28 rebounds and the Knicks won the battle of the boards 46 to 38.
Tonight the Warriors dominated the Knicks with 59 to 42 rodmans. Who knew all it would take was swapping out Andris Biedrins and Draymond Green in your starting lineup with Andrew Bogut and David Lee? (Okay, well everybody.) Chandler by the way was held to only 8 rebounds tonight.
(Side note: Do you remember when Warriors fans can at least could try and argue that Andris Biedrins was as good,if not better, than Tyson Chandler? Try arguing that now and not getting laughed out the arena.)
Props to the Warriors for putting on another fun Bollywood Night. They did a fantastic job with red, blue, yellow, and green t-shirts draped on alternating sections of the arena. It had a real deal Holi feel to it. The Indian food they served wasn't all that bad either. It sure beat their usual food. (Side note: Is it just me or has the food at games been especially the bad the past year or two?)
- Chris Copeland might be the most deceiving basketball player I've ever seen. I would've never expected the smooth handles and scoring ability.
- I've always appreciated Festus Ezeli's hustle and he did a solid job on the glass tonight with 10 boards in 15 minutes. However his hands scarily remind me way too much of another extremely popular Warrior of the not too distant past. Actually it's even worse than you can imagine.
- Mark Jackson seems to have settled on Draymond Green as an important component of his lineup down the stretch. I'm still not seeing why. I'm not wowed by his defense, decision-making, or any other intangibles. The 33% FG at this point in the season is very worrisome. What am I missing?
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and David Lee are all very deserving, but I thought I'd award this one to Andrew Bogut. I can't remember the last time I saw someone have +35 in the box score and have more fouls (5) than points (4). It's the rebounding (11), thievery (2) and presence of course that make the difference.