WHEN: Monday, October 14th, 2019; 7:30 PM PST
WHERE: Staples Center — Los Angeles, CA
WATCH: NBATV, NSCA, SPEC
Blog Buddy: Silver Screen and Roll
A little over a week ago, the Golden State Warriors welcomed the Los Angeles Lakers to the brand spankin’ new Chase Center in San Francisco. It was set to be a friendly exhibition that would christen the very first time an NBA game was played on the swanky arena’s shiny new floors.
Stephen Curry, the living legend who owns a 5-1 all-time head-to-head postseason advantage vs teams with LeBron James or Anthony Davis, nonchalantly started the festivities off with a silly trick shot attempt.
Steph still gotta get used to the Chase Center pic.twitter.com/K8hxH5bQFp— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 6, 2019
The Lakers wouldn’t be messing around that night, though. They showed off their superior frontcourt potential in a bludgeoning, physical, 123-101 reboundfest against the Dubs. The Warriors didn’t have Kevon Looney or Willie Cauley-Stein available, and the shorthanded squad looked rather, well, SHORT against the massive height of the Lakers.
James, Davis, Javale McGee, and Dwight Howard played bully ball, leading the Lakers to a 66-36 advantage on points in the paint. But what I found most entertaining was the way the Lakers celebrated the victory, with James and Davis roaring and flexing as if they were delivering the nail in the coffin in a Game 7.
The Warriors bounced back behind a Curry Flurry
The reigning West champs from the Bay responded by beating up the Minnesota Timberwolves in their next preseason game, led by Curry dropping a scintillating 40 points in 25 minutes.
Rookie Jordan Poole is seizing advantage of extra playing time in the absence of the rehabbing Klay Thompson. He’s come off the bench in the first two games to provide a spark, averaging 18 points on 47% shooting, 43% from downtown.
Still, with Loon and WCS nursing injuries, we aren’t yet getting a chance to determine the Dubs real front court potential. That’s the biggest question mark headed into the season.
Lakers come back from China with two L’s
The Lakers are shooting an anemic 28% from beyond the arc so far this preseason, one spot away from dead last. But with their massive frontcourt, they also lead the league in offensive rebounding. If the Warriors don’t finish out their defensive possessions by boxing out, it won’t matter how many the Lakers miss.
This rivalry is heating back up and it should be a fun little taste of the bloodbath that is to come in the Pacific Division.