The Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Detroit Pistons last night was so ugly and disjointed in retrospect that dignifying the game with a Warrior Wonder is more of a formality, a default versus performances that stands out in earnest.
Last night’s game did not reveal anything about the Warriors that’s not already known, Strength In Superstars replaced Strength In Numbers. We know this. All last night’s debacle did was highlight this fact.
Now, with that said, the core of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson obviously can play and has played better than what they played last night. However, their efforts were not bad enough to forego the distention of Warrior Wonder. Three of these guys have a case to earn the distinction of being the lone diamond glistening in heaps of coal and ash.
Curry’s gritty return
Whenever Curry miss extended time due to injury, he usually explodes in his first game back in the lineup. But that wasn’t exactly the case last night. Curry missed all of his three point attempts in the first half and ended up with seven points in the first half. Curry admitted that he was eager to impact the game
Stephen Curry conceded that he was a bit antsy in that first half after missing 11 games with a groin injury: pic.twitter.com/PnenGtkwhh— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) December 2, 2018
Curry eventually shook of his rust in the second half with a few threes and timely drives to the lane. In the fourth, he was up to 25 and could have scored more (and altered the game) with the two and-1s that were called for offensive fouls.
KD steadies the offense.
Granted, Durant didn’t shoot the ball well last night but he was impactful with his playmaking and defense. Durant led the Warriors with 7 assists, second in rebounding with 6 and posted two blocks. In addition to his assists and defense, Durant was aggressive in driving the paint and drawing contact. His free throws in the second half kept the Warriors in striking distance but ultimately it just wasn’t enough. While reflecting on his 1-for-7 night from three after the game, Durant said that it was on the players to create adequate spacing for threes.
Kevin Durant stands up for Steve Kerr and said it’s on the vets to create more spacing for more 3’s pic.twitter.com/0wbZUcsJg3— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) December 2, 2018
Don't Forget About Klay
Thompson was solid in the mid range game. He shot 50 percent from the field and also lead the team in rebounding with eight. Thompson finished the game with a plus 3, the best plus/minus out of the core. He also was active on defense, netting two steals. For most of the season, Thompson’s been streaky from three and against Detroit, he struggled and shot 1-for-5 from deep. After the game, Thompson conceded that the teams’ lethargy was more of a concern than his shot.
Klay Thompson blamed his team’s lack of urgency pic.twitter.com/izjxwsuNzr— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) December 2, 2018
Who was your Warrior Wonder for the loss to the Pistons?
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The Golden Sidekick
As for the Golden Sidekick ... well ... Joe Viray summarized the supporting cast’s weaknesses, which were on display last night already:
Livingston is ineffective the further he strays away from the basket. Iguodala is hit-or-miss from three — with miss being more prevalent nowadays. Jerebko has shown that he can knock down the three, but he doesn’t get many touches. Lee will get less playing time now that Curry is back. Alfonzo McKinnie and Draymond Greenare injured. Jacob Evans is unplayable due to his lack of shooting. Their three young centers don’t even know what a follow-through is.
But as ServantOfLuna pointed out in the comments of last night’s recap, Jonas Jerebko was probably the top non-All-Star last night.
9 points 3/7 FGs 3/4 FTs
5 rebounds (3 off.) 2 assists
So who’s your pick for Golden Sidekick?
Who’s your pick for Golden Sidekick?
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