The Golden State Warriors have limped through the first two games of the season with a gaggle of wide-eyed youngsters flanking Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and D’Angelo Russell. Both contests resulted in blowout losses that were learning experiences for the team and coaching staff, while simultaneously serving as frustration for a Warriors fan base used to domination.
But tonight, Golden State has no time to feel sorry for themselves because they face another injured, winless team, the 0-3 New Orleans Pelicans.
WHO: Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans
WHEN: Monday, October 28th; 5:00 PM
WHERE: The Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
WATCH: CSNBA, NBATV, FSNO
Blog buddy: The Bird Writes
Golden State - Alec Burks (DTD, ankle), Kevon Looney (out, hamstring), Alen Smailagic (DTD, ankle), Wiley Cauley-Stein (out, foot), Klay Thompson (out, knee)
New Orleans - Jrue Holiday (DTD, knee), Zion Williamson (out, knee), Darius Miller (out, Achilles)
Oleh Kosel of The Bird Writes shared some insight into the Pelicans state of mind after their third loss:
With Jrue Holiday (left knee sprain) and Zion Williamson (right knee meniscus surgery) sitting the contest out, the Pelicans were missing their two best players, but they still very nearly managed to pull off the surprise upset anyway.
For a third consecutive game, New Orleans made key errors and couldn’t quite close the deal in crunch time. However, the talent on this roster is obvious and eventually they are going to figure some more things out — especially if they keep displaying that fiery spirit which refuses to back down from any opponent.
“You know, like I said, we’re a work in progress,” said Alvin Gentry in postgame media. “I love the effort we played with. I think we did a good job. We put ourselves into position to win against a really good team. That’s all I can ask them to do... It’s going to turn. It’s not like we have 10 games left; we have 79 games left. The way we’re playing and the way we practice, it’ll all come together for us.”
Coach Gentry was an assistant on the first Warriors team to win a title with Curry, so he understands what a dominant team looks like. The Pels are a young team with new faces, fighting through injuries and adversity, and Gentry is patiently waiting for the squad to gel over the course of the season.
New Orleans is sixth in the league in points per game, lead the league in made three-pointers per game (17.3), and are eighth in 3PT% (38%).
This will be an excellent challenge for the Warriors defense, which is ranked dead last in the NBA in efficiency. In two games, Golden State has allowed their opponents to shoot 51% from beyond the arc. LMAO WHAT!
Compounding those defensive woes is the cluelessness the Warriors have displayed offensively. Did you know they are the worst shooting team in basketball, shooting an abysmal 36% from the field?
I’m excited for this game, as we have two young teams fighting for their first win without some of their biggest weapons. Yet, the Dubs still have three All-Stars, hopefully that should give them an edge?