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Warriors Feeling the Love: How it Happened and Now What

Joyous. Victorious. Celebratory. Exhilarated.

They probably feel they way this music sounds.

Ronnie, a guitar player from Botswana:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx4cRw6TIIg]

Denver's game plan was to make life messy for Curry, Thompson and Jack. With the exception of Curry's 14-point, 5-assist 3rd quarter, they succeeded. Thompson and Jack were a combined 5 of 23 from the field. More than anything, Andrew Bogut must be feeling some serious redemption in this moment. After all of the injuries, the endless time-tables, rehabs, and trade-related chatter of the 18 months, Bogut's 14-point, 21-board (7 offensive), 4-block highlight-reel of a game propelled Golden State to the second round. Bogut's ability to keep Denver off the glass enabled Curry to catch fire in the third, as the human torch tends to do in these playoffs, after he takes his magical halftime potion.

Third-Quarter Curry Flurry and Bogut Boost:

  • Went from down 2 (42-40), to up 10 (63-53) during first 6:40 of the 3rd; 23-9 run.
  • Golden State 33, Denver 20
  • Steph Curry: 14 points (4 of 5 from distance), 3 assists to 1 turnover
  • Andrew Bogut: 6 points, 3 offensive rebounds, 7 total rebounds

3rd Quarter Summary

TIME

DENVER

SCORE

GOLDEN STATE

11:49

42-40

Klay Thompson misses 26-foot three point pullup jump shot

11:48

Kenneth Faried defensive rebound

42-40

11:33

Andre Iguodala makes 17-foot two point shot (Ty Lawson assists)

44-40

11:14

Kenneth Faried shooting foul (Carl Landry draws the foul)

44-40

11:14

44-41

Carl Landry makes free throw 1 of 2

11:14

44-42

Carl Landry makes free throw 2 of 2

11:03

Andre Iguodala misses 18-foot jumper

44-42

11:00

44-42

Carl Landry defensive rebound

10:41

Kenneth Faried personal foul (Harrison Barnes draws the foul)

44-42

10:32

44-42

Klay Thompson misses layup

10:30

JaVale McGee defensive rebound

44-42

10:23

Ty Lawson misses 26-foot three point jumper

44-42

10:22

Kenneth Faried loose ball foul (Carl Landry draws the foul)

44-42

10:22

Kosta Koufos enters the game for Kenneth Faried

44-42

10:12

JaVale McGee shooting foul (Stephen Curry draws the foul)

44-42

10:12

44-43

Stephen Curry makes free throw 1 of 2

10:12

44-44

Stephen Curry makes free throw 2 of 2

9:48

Wilson Chandler misses 11-foot two point jumper

44-44

9:47

44-44

Andrew Bogut defensive rebound

9:34

44-47

Stephen Curry makes 26-foot

9:18

Wilson Chandler misses 26-foot three point jumper

44-47

9:17

44-47

Andrew Bogut defensive rebound

9:03

44-50

Stephen Curry makes 26-foot three pointer (Andrew Bogut assists)

9:00

Nuggets Full timeout

8:52

Andre Iguodala makes 27-foot three point jumper (Ty Lawson assists)

47-50

8:34

47-52

Carl Landry makes 15-foot two point shot (Harrison Barnes assists)

8:11

Kosta Koufos makes two point shot (Andre Iguodala assists)

49-52

8:02

49-55

Stephen Curry makes 25-foot three pointer

7:50

Wilson Chandler misses 27-foot three point jumper

49-55

7:48

49-55

Carl Landry defensive rebound

7:33

49-55

JaVale McGee blocks Andrew Bogut's shot

7:33

49-55

Stephen Curry offensive rebound

7:26

49-57

Andrew Bogut makes two point shot (Stephen Curry assists)

7:05

50-57

Carl Landry shooting foul (Ty Lawson draws the foul)

7:05

Ty Lawson makes free throw 1 of 2

50-57

7:05

Corey Brewer enters the game for JaVale McGee

50-57

7:05

Ty Lawson makes free throw 2 of 2

51-57

6:47

51-57

Carl Landry misses 12-foot

6:46

51-59

Andrew Bogut makes two point shot

6:46

51-57

Andrew Bogut offensive rebound

6:28

51-59

Harrison Barnes personal foul (Kosta Koufos draws the foul)

6:18

Wilson Chandler makes two point shot (Ty Lawson assists)

53-59

5:58

53-59

Stephen Curry misses 25-foot three point jumper

5:58

53-59

Andrew Bogut offensive rebound

5:41

53-61

Andrew Bogut makes driving layup (Stephen Curry assists)

5:28

Ty Lawson misses two point shot

53-61

5:26

53-61

Andrew Bogut defensive rebound

5:22

53-63

Carl Landry makes driving layup (Stephen Curry assists)

5:22

Wilson Chandler shooting foul (Carl Landry draws the foul)

53-63

5:22

Nuggets Full timeout

Final Two Minutes

In a disastrous final two minutes, the Warriors nearly gave their 9-point lead away, the lead slipping to 2 (90-88) with 0:33 left. Five turnovers in those two minutes were a reminder of how inexperienced the Warriors are. It forces you to consider if the Nuggets had tried a genuine full-court press at times in this series, instead of the partial-press they employed, would the Warriors have been able to handle it? In all, the young Warriors turned the ball over 9 times in the 4th quarter, 4 from Curry, 2 from Jack, 2 from Green, and 1 from Thompson.

To read about Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and what comes next, click here:

http://darkoindex.com/2013/05/03/how-the-golden-state-warriors-are-feeling-today/

Thanks for reading and Go Dubs!

Jonah



This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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