For reasons that I don't wholly understand, I watched the entirety of last night's game between the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings.
Actually, my bad, no I didn't — I just watched the third and fourth quarter that seemed to drag on forever, DeMarcus Cousins' 40-point performance notwithstanding.
Anyway, my point: I don't see how Brooklyn can possibly compete with the Golden State Warriors for 48 minutes. Just check out this scouting report of the team from a commenter at SB Nation's Nets site Nets Daily:
Teams know the scouting report on the Nets - stop Lopez and you'll be fine
So they double him and force him into a bad game, and don’t have to worry about the rest.
Joe 33% (that’s overall, he’s 21% from 3-range)
These are the "offensive" (yes, very offensive to me!) players. We are supposed to live with their bad defense because at least they can shoot. And Hollins keep riding them. Part of their bad shooting is surely on them, and in some cases age is playing a role. But they are all shooting well below career averages, and below last year even. FGA%, career, last year
I've generally refused to watch Brooklyn more than twice a year since the Deron Williams and ISOJoe era began, but this looks even uglier than that.
So perhaps we should consider this game an opportunity to appreciate the luxury of having both Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli in our post rotation surrounded by Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Harrison Barnes. And Curry, of course, is aiming to pass his dad on the all-time 3-pointers list.
Dell Curry to son @StephenCurry30 of #Warriors: 'Shoot all the 2-pointers u want.' Steph needs 3 treys to pass Dell on all-time list.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleCSN) November 14, 2015
Predicting a score is difficult because you figure the fourth quarter will be garbage time, but let's hope it's an opportunity for the reserves to shine a bit. Unfortunately, two players who will not be available are Leandro Barbosa and Klay Thompson. Barbosa remains out due to a family matter, according to Monte Poole of CSN. Thompson is apparently out due to back stiffness. Poole also reports that the Warriors will honor the victims of the attacks in Paris with a moment of silence before the game.
#Warriors plan to honor victims of Paris attack before Saturday's game https://t.co/arIUn6jUui #WarriorsTalk #NBA pic.twitter.com/FyOgfIergc— Comcast SportsNet (@CSNAuthentic) November 14, 2015