The Golden State Warriors season of experimentation rolled through the unfriendly confines of the the Houston Rockets last night, giving the Bay Area’s team of youngsters a firsthand look at one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA.
The dynastic Dubs have owned Houston over the last five years, but the contests are usually fraught with drama and intensity. Last night, the Warriors rolled out a rotation that (aside from Damion Lee) had previously never felt the competitive fire that a Houston-Golden State matchup brings. We were able to get an idea of which players could see rotation minutes in a playoff series if/when these two Western Conference titans meet again.
Which Warrior’s effort in defeat impressed you the most?
Burks has been a revelation off of the bench since his return from injury, and he had his finest game as a Warrior with 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting, 3-of-8 from downtown. He also added 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. At 28 years old, he’s the elder statesmen on this current group, and his veteran leadership is having a positive impact on the court.
Burks: “It ain’t been tough.... I like the culture. I like Steve, Bob. And I like the people right here that’s playing. We’ll eventually get those guys back. Doesn’t matter if we win or lose, it’s just building a culture. I’m glad where I’m at. I’m proud I made a good decision.” https://t.co/5mgMLA4oZg— Eric Apricot (@EricApricot) November 7, 2019
Glenn Robinson III
I was surprised to see GRIII’s plus/minus was a ghastly -28 vs Houston, considering he contributed to a lot of good Dubs basketball in the Toyota Center. He tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds (including five offense), on 6-of-13 shooting from the field (3-of-6 from downtown). Even though those numbers came in a losing effort, they bode well for Robinson’s future prospects for the team as a hustle guy who can stretch the floor.
This guy is worth the price of admission, even when he struggles from the field (6-of-15 shooting, 2-of-4 from beyond the arc.) His bullying ways got him an and-1 layup over James Harden, culminating with him turning to the Warriors bench and shouting “HE’S FOOD”.
That probably also started Harden’s devastating second quarter scoring binge, but hey, at least Paschall came to compete! He also added six rebounds and three assists, while knocking down all five of his free throw attempts.
Eric Paschall makes driving dunk (Jordan Poole assists) pic.twitter.com/xOtnfKMaNK— Live Sports Clips (@clips_live) November 7, 2019
The second year power forward had a quietly stellar performance, scoring 13 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the field. He also added 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals in 18 minutes of playing time. Spellman’s mid-range jumper looks like money, and he was unafraid to throw his body around in the paint.
What really sold me on his night was his postgame reflections about how the Warriors got seduced into playing iso-ball like Houston. Such wisdom! This guy is definitely a keeper.
Omari Spellman said he felt like the Warriors lost sight of their motion principles tonight: pic.twitter.com/S7uCpvkORo— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) November 7, 2019
Who was your Warrior Wonder in the loss to the Rox?
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Glenn Robinson III
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