Good Morning Dub Nation,
Just like that the Golden State Warriors got the regular season started with a dominant opening night win against the Los Angeles Lakers by a score of 123-109.
The night began with a celebration as the Warriors distributed their championship rings while raising the franchise’s seventh banner in the Chase Center rafters. The ceremony featured speeches by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and GM Bob Myers as well as a touching video montage highlighting the Warriors’ journey back to the top of the NBA mountain.
As for the game, the Warriors dominance over the Lakers came down to one key factor: continuity. Golden State played Tuesday night’s game returning 10 of their 15 players from last season’s championship roster. The chemistry built amongst the core of this team over the past decade was obvious – especially compared to a Lakers team that has consistently undergone massive roster changes from year to year; this season being no different.
In the end, the Warriors were able to cap the night of good vibes and celebration with a win. Curry was the leading scorer of the game with 33 points while shooting 4-of-13 from the three-point line. Andrew Wiggins was next with 20 points followed by Thompson with 18 points and Jordan Poole with 12 points.
With this win, Golden State begins the season 1-0 as they prepare for their next matchup against the Denver Nuggets on Friday.
Here are the rest of today’s stories:
In case you missed it from Golden State of Mind:
Player grades: Warriors vs. Lakers
Check out our Game thread to see everyone’s live reactions during Tuesday’s matchup
Draymond Green’s new show includes the Jordan Poole punch, and it reeks of pro wrestling
JTA shows off his championship ink
Other Warriors News:
EXCLUSIVE: Steph Curry on Draymond Green, Warriors’ repeat chances, his future, and playing til he’s 45 (Mercury News)
Draymond ‘never knew’ how much leaked punch video went viral (NBC Sports)
Why the Warriors appear to have broken projection models (KNBR)
Back in action for Warriors, James Wiseman looks ready to deliver (San Francisco Chronicle)
What makes Warriors’ 2022-23 championship rings so unique (NBC Sports)
Top 10 Storylines of the 2022-23 NBA Season (Bleacher Report)
Bill Russell honored before Celtics’ 2022-23 season opener (NBA)
5 takeaways from the Celtics’ season-opening victory over 76ers (NBA)