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Warrior Wonder: Durant feeds Splash Bros while Green shackles Griffin

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The champs were humming on all cylinders as they combined unstoppable offense with unyielding defense to overcome a tough Pistons team

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Golden State Warriors Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors 121-114 home victory over the Detroit Pistons was a nice sparring match for the champs as they head into the postseason. Detroit is a playoff team in the East, and brought plenty of intensity to challenge the Dubs. This allowed the Warriors to get a great dress rehearsal to practice their habits, and we saw some really beautiful basketball emerge from them.

So, whoever you vote for as today’s Warrior Wonder will tell a lot about what you value as fan.

Do you like deep sea Splashing? Do you love seeing an opposing defense taken out into the deep waters beyond the three-point line and left for dead?

Then you’re probably going to vote for a Splash Bro. Steph Curry, the elder of the Splash brethren, returned from celebrating his wife’s birthday to rain down buckets on Detroit. 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field (5-of-10 on three-pointers). The diminutive guard led the team in rebounds with nine, and put a pair of skates on Detroit’s best player Blake Griffin.

However, it was the younger Splash brother who had the more efficient night, scoring 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 4-of-6 from downtown. Klay Thompson picked his spots and drilled timely buckets everytime it seemed the Pistons wanted to make a comeback. He also was the man who honored former teammate Zaza Pachulia before the game with a 2018 championship ring. I love when the Dubs do that! #strengthinnumbers

But as long as we’re talking about sharing and caring in Oracle, we’ve gotta give a shout out to basketball legend Kevin Durant. A season high 11 assists from KD fueled the Splash Bros scoring, as the “Slim Reaper” morphed into one of his other monkers, “The Servant”. Durant went 5-of-6 from the field for 14 points and added 5 rebounds.

Durant’s focus on keeping the ball moving is a testament to his selfless, team-first attitude, because we all know he could just get to the rim and get buckets if he felt like it.

Then again, perhaps you prefer some defense. Maybe you enjoyed watching Draymond Green go into a cold focus and swarm his old foe Blake Griffin.

Poll

Who is your Warrior Wonder for the win against Detroit?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    Steph Curry
    (44 votes)
  • 10%
    Klay Thompson
    (21 votes)
  • 33%
    Kevin Durant
    (67 votes)
  • 33%
    Draymond Green
    (67 votes)
199 votes total Vote Now

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t factor in the contributions of the following:

  • Andrew Bogut’s harrassing defense on Andre Drummond in the paint really gummed up the Pistons’ post-presence. Bogut looked fresh and nimble, and repeatedly kept the Pistons’ bigs flummoxed.
  • Kevon Looney coming off the bench and joining the big man battle with gusto, scoring 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field, and knocking down 3-of-4 free throws in 13 minutes. Loon is steady proving he can hang with the behemoths in crunch time.
  • Shaun Livingston just humiliating dudes in the paint.

Poll

Who is your Golden Sidekick for the win against the Pistons?

This poll is closed

  • 45%
    Andrew Bogut
    (73 votes)
  • 28%
    Kevon Looney
    (46 votes)
  • 25%
    Shaun Livingston
    (41 votes)
160 votes total Vote Now