With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson getting some rest (you could say David Lee and Andrew Bogut were "resting" too, playing only 10 mins of the 1st), the Golden State Warriors turned to their young guns for production but fell short in a 90-83 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Nemanja Nedovic started at point guard while Harrison Barnes filled the forward slot once again. The Dubs started off the first quarter well, shooting 58% from the floor and holding Houston to 38% shooting. Nedovic and Barnes were utilized right from the onset and were able to score in bunches. However, the offense fell apart in the second half when the vets were taken out. Golden State finished the game on 22% shooting from downtown, some percentage short of a Splash Brother.
On the defensive end, the Warriors held the Rockets to 90 points. Steve Kerr was not happy with Friday's defense against Miami in which the squad gave up 115 points. Tonight, the only problem was putting the ball in the basket and a couple more things in which will be discussed in the Takeaways section.
- The Warriors' youngsters displayed signs of potential although it was clear that there is still a lot to learn. One particularly bright spot was watching Nedovic run the point in the absence of Curry. The Serbian sophomore took the point guard reins and finished the game with 16 points and 5 dimes, making a case for the back-up PG position. He handled the ball with pace, finding cutting bigs and finishing in the lane. Should one of the point guards on the roster go down because of injury, Golden State will have reasonable depth behind Curry with Nedovic, and Leandro Barbosa, and Shaun Livingston.
- Justin Holiday is another young player who had a solid outing, scoring 18 points on 7-13 FG in 19 minutes. If Holiday were to make the roster, the shooting guard would be a nice spot-up shooter in Steve Kerr's offense.
- On the contrary, turnovers and low 3PT% played a key role in the loss. With many inexperienced guys in addition to adapting to a new offense, it is common for the ball to be thrown away at times. However, turnovers should not be a major nightly-basis issue for the team if they can play with patience.
- In terms of shooting, the Warriors definitely missed Steph and Klay. In spite of this, Golden State still managed to generate 27 assists on 33 FGM. Keep in the mind, the Warriors averaged 23.3 assists/game last season according to ESPN. The new offensive system has allowed effective ball movement where players are constantly cutting to the basket and curling around screens. When the offense runs through the big man at the high post, there is no reliance on a ball handler and this allows great spacing for shooters and cutters.
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