Warriors Win! Warriors Win! With the prospects of the playoffs looking bleaker for the Warriors as the end of the season nears, it is as satisfying as it could possibly be to take consolation in trying to bump the Kings out. What transpired at Arco Arena on Sunday night, was a true "team victory," as four Warriors scored in double figures for the win. However, the consistent trend all season, and this game was no different, was that the Warriors' were inconsistent. These inconsistencies make every game an interesting one, game in and game out. The Warriors saw their 15 point 4th quarter lead dwindle, in typical Warriors fashion, to just two points with about three minutes left in the game. Just once it would be nice to see the Warriors string together four quarters of great play.
The game started out great as the Warriors held the Kings to only 14 points in the first quarter, but things quickly changed with lackadaisical defensive effort in the second quarter. Can you believe that Adonal Foyle's play in the second quarter actually kept us in the game? Have to give Foyle some props since he scored in double figures for only the fourth time this year. However, Foyle needs to score in double figures about 20 more times to prove he's worth the money Cohan is paying him. Despite scoring in double figures, and his play in the second quarter, Foyle's "stone-hands" almost cost the Warriors the game down the line. He couldn't pick up a rebound or a ball off the ground if he had sticky glue on his hands.
Things quickly looked better after halftime as the Warriors came out and shut the Kings down in the third quarter, again holding them to 14 points. With the Warriors leading by 15 going into the fourth quarter, all that I could do was hold my breath as I knew exactly what was going to happen. And to my surprise, the Warriors didn't prove me wrong as they couldn't stop the Kings frantic push to get back into the game. With all sarcasm aside, the Warriors showed great resiliency as they held off the comeback and came out with the win.
With two of the next three games against potential Western Conference playoff contenders, the Warriors will take the court again to try to play spoiler and invite New Orleans on Wednesday and Sacramento (again) on Friday to the "ping-pong" ball party.
|Warrior Wonder: Of all the potential wonders of the night, one player CONSISTENLY played well. Adonal Foyle? Nope, too many "bone-headed" mistakes down the line. The honor goes to Derek Fisher who played solid defense all night on Mike Bibby. Not only did he play great defense, Mr. Fisher hit timely shots, and dished out timely assists. Derek Fisher finished a great all around night with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists.|