He wouldn't be a hall of famer if he couldn't minimize Stephen Curry's greatness. And that should make tonight's romp over the New York Knicks that much harder to swallow.
The Golden State Warriors dismantled a woefully inferior Knicks squad at home Wednesday, giving them 50 straight home victories. And for a change, the Warriors didn't mess around with a lesser team: they went straight for the jugular. Brilliant shooting, particularly from Curry, helped to push the Warriors lead as high as 33 points. But this game was never in doubt.
The Dubs jumped all over New York early, and wouldn't let up. Curry, Klay Thompson and Marreese Speights drilled shot after shot from range, opening up the restricted area for a bundle of alley-oops and backdoor cuts.
For a team missing its sixth man, and reigning Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, the Warriors bench looked terrific. Not only did Speights stake his claim as a member of the Splash Brothers (3-for-5 from three!), but Shaun Livingston continued his stead play. Leandro Barbosa was white lightning off the bench, and Brandon Rush had a few nice plays as well. The loss of Iguodala was supposed to stretch this squad thin, but instead, we've only seen the remaining bench players step their game up even higher.
It wasn't really necessary tonight, though. Curry (34 points, six rebounds, four assists on just 20 shots), Draymond Green (six points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds) and Klay Thompson (19 points and seven rebounds) made sure of that. Golden State would lead by 12 after just one period, and their lead would grow every quarter from there.
Defensively, the Warriors were locked in all night. The Knicks started 3-of-16 from the field as a team, and never really threatened to score enough points to make a game of this one. How bad was it? Carmelo Anthony was the only Knicks starter to make more than one (ONE) field goal all game. Seriously!
The Knicks flat out surrendered sometime in the third quarter. It was that kind of night. Buckle up for an epic Texas two-step: the Warriors have St. Patrick's day off (uh-oh) and then head to Dallas to play the Mavericks on Friday, followed by a date with the Spurs in San Antonio on Saturday. Should the Warriors sweep, even the most hardened haters will realize the obvious: this is a great, great team.
By the way...
- The Warriors are 69-1 at home in their last 70 home games. That's pretty good.
- Steve Kerr's first play of the second half was a designed feed for Harrison Barnes. Anything to get the struggling forward off the snide.
- Good night, Manhattan. Good night, Queens. Good night, Hoboken New Jersey. These are the sounds of James Michael McAdoo three pointers, raining in the night.