Asleep at the wheel. Playing lazy. Call it what you will, the Golden State Warriors are off to an uninspiring start to the 2017-18 season. The Los Angeles Clippers on the other hand are looking strong to very strong.
Warriors at Clippers
Monday, October 30
WATCH: NBCSBA, NBA TV
RADIO: 95.7 The Game
The Los Angeles Clippers have a new look - and it’s working for them!
During the offseason, the Clippers traded away arguably their best player and biggest star when Chris Paul sign-and-traded himself to the Houston Rockets. At the time, yours truly was predicting that the Clippers were actually going to be ok. Yes, they lost Paul’s dynamic playmaking, but the also lost his chippy mouth and penchant for post-season disaster. On top of that, the trade returned a solid point guard in Patrick Beverley who seems to be a good fit defensively. And on top of that, they added sharp shooting wing Danillo Gallinari - finally completing a design flaw that has plagued the Clippers for years.
So now, the Clippers are re-born. I haven’t seen them play yet this year other than highlights, so I’m excited to take a look at one of the top teams in the West to assess the threat.
The Warriors have pretty much the same look, but it hasn’t been working
The Golden State Warriors brought back the majority of their rotation, but seem to have traded their focus for memes or something during the offseason. Coach Steve Kerr is tinkering with lineups and rotations, looking for a solution to whatever malaise plagues the Warriors.
Tonight, Kerr will be re-activating Jordan Bell and de-activating Kevon Looney, according to Anthony Slater.
Jordan Bell is back active for the Warriors tonight. Kevin Looney slides to the inactive list.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 31, 2017
While they’ve been shooting and scoring well enough, it is hard not to look at the Warriors core players as the source of the problem. So far, the same old classics just aren’t working for us. Draymond, throws a pass in the opposite direction of a Klay Thompson cut; Curry fumbles the ball into a double team; Durant tosses a lame pass to no one. These are all plays that we have seen work time and time again but for whatever reason they are just coming up short more often than not.
GSW three most used lineups— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 30, 2017
Starters: +26 in 85 mins
Liv/Klay/Iguodala/KD/West: +4 in 35 mins
Hamptons 5 crew: -4 in 22 mins
Yes, the turnovers are a problem, but I’m more concerned with the Warriors 22nd ranked defense. If the Warriors can summon some of their historical defense on that end of the floor, tonight’s game would be an excellent time to do so.
Thankfully, these are still the Warriors and it is only October. But still, I’m hoping they wake up and get back to business soon!