Stephen Curry had an electric 50/7/10 to put away the Atlanta Hawks on the back half of a back-to-back. We used Q3 to completely turn the game on its head outscoring the Hawks, 41-20. Also, Bob Rathburn and Nique (Hawks Commentators) were beyond salty when Curry got his standing ovation for getting his 50th point. I just had to laugh as they said "what’s the big deal" as the NBA world stood and watched greatness again.
- The Hawks have had the 3rd toughest schedule in the league behind only Memphis and Detroit. They are now 4-7 through the early stretch of this season and are simply just disappointing to start the year. Yeah, it’s a tough schedule. But you guys were in the conference finals last season and want the boringness of the regular season to subside. Well, you got to make sure to get back into the playoffs if you feel the postseason, is a different beast.
- Trae had a 20-point H1 and was matching Curry bucket for bucket. The H2 was not kind to Trae as he finished with 28/3/9. His efficiency was solid, but he also only attempted 3 FTs in his 33 MP. The aggressiveness just isnt the same as it was the last two years.
- John Collins had 19 points and 6 rebounds. He hit 6-7 FGA, but the aggressiveness was not there from Q1.
- Bogdan had 17 points hitting 3 threes. He is rounding into shape as the season goes on.
- Capela had a lackluster game with 2 points on 5 FGA and got shot on by Steph for his 9th three-pointer of the night.
- And the final starter, DeAndre Hunter, had another no-show with 11 points in his 23 MP.
- Huerter came off the bench for 11/3/2 shooting 3-6 3PM but was also in the blender constantly from Poole and Curry in Q3.
- Gallo had 4 points but on 1-7 FGA, including 0-4 3PA. Gallo needs to hit threes off the bench to beef up the bench scoring.
- Coach McMillian experimented with his rotation with early appearances of Solomon Hill and Delon Wright. I am a fan of Wright due to his versatility, but Hill doesn’t need to be playing 13 minutes.
- This Hawks team just can’t stick with the big dogs this season. It seems they lack the cohesiveness they had last year, and I don’t know what needs to happen to change their fortunes. Maybe Trae regaining his aggressiveness, Collins not taking nights off, and some consistent energy off the bench can turn their fortunes.
- Curry led the game with a 50 bomb. He hit 9-19 3PA and scored the first 13 points for the Warriors. The 10 assists and 3 steals showcased his all-around effort tonight. He hit a three against Capela and a three in the right corner that were the main highlights of the night. He finally washed off some of the rust and broke through with his season-high in points.
- Jordan Poole only had 16 points on 17 FGA but proved that his ancillary scoring sets us apart this year. Especially, in the Q2 when we went down 15 points his offense driving to the rim kept us in the game. Overall, wasn’t his most efficient game but still was our 2nd leading scorer.
- Draymond’s offense wasn’t there tonight with 4 points on 2-8 FGM but did have 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Collins and Green got into it after a hard slap down by Draymond and the fans fed off his energy. The electric energy made the game so much more exciting.
- Wiggins had his usual 13 points and Looney had 6 points and 6 rebounds.
- The bench was just as great as they’ve been all year. Damion Lee and JTA led the bench in scoring with 11 points apiece. GPII did foul out for picking up some ill-advised fouls (like pushing Trae down) but still had 3 steals.
- Iggy had 6 points on 3-5 FGM and Bjelica had 7 points including one deep three.
- The Warriors are now 9-1 through the first 10 games and the strength of schedule is increasing this week. They sit atop the conference and the league. Tonight’s performance should make all NBA onlookers realize that the Warriors are actually back.