clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Warrior Wonder: Strength in Numbers on eve of Cousins return

The champs delivered the final victory of the Pre-Cousins era to a grateful Oracle Arena.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It was the game before “Boogie”, and all throughout Oracle

Pelicans were flying, Mirotic was balling historical

But as usually happens, New Orleans ran out of breath

And were hunted down by Looney, Green, Durant and Steph

It’s tough to pick a single standout on nights where the Golden State Warriors fuse together into a war machine like they did against the New Orleans Pelicans in a rousing 147-140 win. I’ll need your help Dub Nation.

Perhaps we should start with the young Splash King Stephen Curry for activating a “Curry Flurry” in the third quarter. His scoring barrage kept the casket door from closing on the weary-legged champions, almost single-handedly erasing a 17 point deficit. He invigorated his teammates and sparked the crowd to playoff level intensity; poor New Orleans has been on the wrong end of so much joy weaponizing in Oracle over the years.

He finished with 41 points and became the first player in NBA history to make eight or more threes in three straight games.

Honorable Mention

Kevin Durant just quietly slapped together 30 points and 15 rebounds. Durant is like the hella cool roommate who wakes up before everyone else and cleans the kitchen before he goes to work. When you stagger out of your bedroom after a late night of Call of Duty and beer, you hear the dishwasher running and smell the faint scent of Pine-Sol. The gratitude washes over you, but then suddenly you get anxious as you remember he still hasn’t signed that leasing agreement the landlord emailed y’all three weeks ago about keeping the apartment for another year.

Draymond Green has been ridiculed over the last two seasons for shooting like he’s wearing a heavy backpack on his shoulders. Last night, he shed the book bag and pulled out a good ol’ can of whup-ass. 17 points, 14 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 made three-pointers was his box score, looking much like the Olympic gold medalist he was in 2016.

Poll

Which All-Star was the Warriors Wonder?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Steph
    (237 votes)
  • 2%
    KD
    (8 votes)
  • 8%
    Dray
    (24 votes)
  • 1%
    Klay
    (4 votes)
273 votes total Vote Now

Golden Sidekick

Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala gave us a reminder of their playoff forms, as they ran up and down the floor like it was 2015, looking very comfortable in the track meet that was last night’s game. Alfonzo McKinnie was a solid +14 plus/minus.

However I gotta give Kevon Looney some major love off of Twitter mentions alone!

This was Looney’s last start before the return of superstar DeMarcus Cousins to the center position. Looney has been a revelation this season, filling in for alleged center of the future Damian Jones. The UCLA product has been fearless, battling 7-footers in the paint, corralling off slashing wings, and shadowing guards way out beyond the arc on switches.

His offensive IQ has perked up, as he is routinely lurking around the basket to clean the glass or finish dunks in traffic like this one over the great Anthony Davis.

Now that Looney is being reinserted into a reserve role, Golden State knows they can count on him to unselfishly go to war whenever they need him. Who said we don’t have depth??

Poll

Which role player was the Golden Sidekick?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Shaun Livingston
    (14 votes)
  • 28%
    Andre Iguodala
    (72 votes)
  • 64%
    Kevon Looney
    (166 votes)
  • 1%
    Alfonzo McKinnie
    (4 votes)
256 votes total Vote Now

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Golden State of Mind Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Golden State Warriors news from Golden State of Mind