The foremost goal of the preseason is to stay healthy. The Golden State Warriors didn't accomplish this for the second consecutive game, as Andrew Bogut broke his nose after a collision at the hoop with the Houston Rockets' K.J. McDaniels at the end of the second quarter.
It's the third (!) time he's broken his nose, but it's probably not too serious: Bogut was hanging out on the bench for the second half with his teammates. He joins Harrison Barnes, who is day-to-day with a bone bruise, on the injured list, but expect both to be ready for the season opener. We'll see if Bogut decides to rock a terrifying face mask!
On the court, the Warriors came out hot and led by double digits for most of the game. The Rockets sat James Harden, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, and Ty Lawson due to various injury precautions, and it showed. The Warriors' rotation players looked noticeably better than their competition; every single one of the Warriors' starters ended with a plus/minus over +17. Stephen Curry demonstrated his ability to find open shots and drive into the lane at will, finishing with 19 points on seven shots. Even Brandon Rush looked better than he ever did last year, scoring 12 points and hauling in five boards. The Warriors defense, which frustrated Draymond Green this preseason with its poor play, was incredibly sharp, causing turnovers and blocking everything.
After the game, Juwan Staten was waived, according to Marc Spears. He's expected to play for the Warriors' D-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors.
10:00: Who is this Rockets' starting center Joshua Smith? He's HUGE and incredibly slow.
9:15: Bogut with the nifty assist to Klay. Next play, Klay's layup gets smacked by KJ McDaniels in a highlight-reel block.
8:28: Patrick Beverley can hit his threes. He's probably one of the best backup point guards in the league.
7:56: Brandon Rush with the open corner three, but jacks up a terrible clank. Right after, he hits a three after Curry destroys the defense with his handles. If anybody can resurrect his career, it's Steph!
6:38: Hey, Jeremy Tyler is on the Rockets! Rush gets an and-1 in the paint.
6:13: Bogut gets the alley-oop from Klay after great ball movement. Blocks, passing, and finishing from Bogut; he looks great.
5:35: Rockets have no offense without Harden or Howard. Turning ball over, no ball movement, bad off-the-dribble midrange shots.
3:27: Festus Ezeli midrange jumpers are still rough. Edit: He ended the game 7-for-9 from the free throw line, which is good!
2:22: Green has forced 2-3 turnovers so far solely from having such quick hands! He attacks bad passes and dribbling with no mercy.
1:53: Barbosa with the steal and the fast-break layup. He's still fast!
Overall, good first quarter. Defense is great. Gave up a few too many offensive boards. Offense is cleaning up vs. the Rockets' bench.
10:40: Terrence Jones falls down during a spin move after James Michael McAdoo pulls the chair out from under him, travel violation called. McAdoo really moves his feet well.
10:19: Marreese Speights draws a charge from Tyler. He's been instant offense in this quarter so far.
9:12 JMM (McAdoo) missing free throws, 0-6 from the line so far.
8:29 JMM gets the strip on Terrence Jones and finishes the fast break fluidly.
Shaun Livingston's fishing for his chance to take an open three.
7:05: Thompson looks behind, sees defender leaping, jumps backwards into defender while throwing up an almost no-look jumper. Gets the basket and the foul. Would love to see Klay get to the line more this year.
5:48: Joshua Smith "has a great NBA body", according to Reggie Miller. Really?
5:40: Warriors run weave set after timeout, but some sort of miscommunication occurs as Klay gently lobs pass out of bounds.
4:27: Rush hits three after Corey Brewer midrange brick. Dubs at 10/11 field goals for the quarter
3:18: Steph hits Bogut with the alley-oop, then gets an easy layup. He's cooking.
2:10: Warriors up 27 as Rush gets the drive through the lane
0:50: McDaniels tries to dunk over Andrew Bogut, hits his nose. Bogut heads to locker room. Hope his nose is all right.
0:20: Steph with 18 points on 7 shots, Klay hits three as quarter expires. Dubs up 29.
12:00: Steph's up to 19 points after a Brewer technical during halftime. Ian Clark, Jason Thompson, Chris Babb get first playing time.
11:03: Rush air-balls a three pointer coming off a screen. Jason Thompson having trouble guarding Terrence Jones, allows a 3 and rim penetration on consecutive plays.
9:30: Rush hits corner three, Bogut shown just chilling on the bench as David Aldridge announces his nose is broken.
8:41: Festus Ezeli takes a painfully obvious, painfully painful charge from Joshua Smith.
6:57: Ian Clark looks really quick with the ball, makes a nice contested finish. Looks like he's the favorite for the 15th spot on the roster.
3:27 JT (Jason Thompson) hits a difficult fadeaway turnaround jumper. Not a high percentage look, but hits it clean.
2:26: Speights with the fancy spin move to bank shot. Shades of Tim Duncan?
1:01: JMM is now 0-for-8 from the line. That's a problem.
11:18: Speights with the leftie hook. Looks polished and quick down low.
8:35: Speights in garbage time is a joy to watch. He bricks a three.
7:35: JT cleaning up on the block against the Rockets’ scrubs. Scoring down low with ease.
6:59: Rockets’ Chris Walker throws up third or fourth absolutely boneheaded shot.
5:15: Ezeli tears down Walker’s dunk, JT hustles to knock ball off Walker as they all go out of bounds. JT and Ezeli look good together, especially on defense. But JT needs to hit his midrange shots to establish spacing, which he hasn’t been doing tonight.
4:19: Offense looks sloppy in the most garbage of garbage times, but the defense is super solid. Ezeli swats Joshua Smith in the post.
3:39: Jason Thompson shoots a three, goes in-and-out.
2:21: Ezeli gets another block on Joshua Smith. He's at 5 blocks for the night!
1:26: Jason Thompson threads the needle to Jarell Eddie for the and-1 finish. Passing big men are essential to Steve Kerr's system; if Thompson can facilitate the ball on offense, he'll get playing time.