The Golden State Warriors made it nine straight wins on Monday night, besting a very pesky and game Oklahoma City Thunder squad 110-98.
Things started and ended slowly for the Dubs, but in between there was some excellence, especially by a few specific players.
But we’re not just focusing on those players — we’re focusing on everyone. It’s time to grade all of the Dubs, weighting for our expectations of each player.
Otto Porter Jr.
15 minutes, 2 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 foul, 1-for-3 shooting, 0-for-2 threes, -2
Porter made his return to the lineup after missing the last three games, but really didn’t make any impact, and didn’t even play much. It’s unclear if he still wasn’t feeling 100%, or if his conditioning wasn’t back to par, or if he simply didn’t play well so Steve Kerr didn’t call his name often.
Either way, it was easy to miss him out there.
35 minutes, 15 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, 3 fouls, 6-for-15 shooting, 3-for-9 threes, +6
Wiggins did some nice things in this game, but on the whole it was quite mediocre. I’ve spent a lot of time in this space lately praising Wiggins for his improved playmaking, but this game offered up a bit of a reversion in that regard: not only did he turn the ball over three times without registering an assist, but he also took a step backwards in terms of slowing down the offense and stagnating. That was evident in not just his passing stats, but his efficiency ones as well.
27 minutes, 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 3 fouls, 4-for-6 shooting, +2
It’s been fun seeing Looney treated like an actual starting center over the last few weeks, as he’s finally getting big minutes at the position every night.
This game was solid for Looney, who held Derrick Favors in check all night while picking the spots to crash hard to the hoop for easy buckets.
L O O N— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 8, 2022
37 minutes, 18 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers, 2 fouls, 6-for-12 shooting, 4-for-10 threes, 2-for-2 free throws, +4
Curry came oh so close to notching a triple-double, but all he really cares about is the W, and all I really care about is that he’s shooting the ball like we’re used to him doing.
Steph Range— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 8, 2022
Post-game bonus: Led the team in rebounds and assists.
29 minutes, 21 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 2 fouls, 6-for-15 shooting, 3-for-8 threes, 6-for-6 free throws, 0 plus/minus
Klay was having something of a ho-hum game (for his standards) until the final few minutes when the Thunder started to make the game frighteningly interesting. Then, in a moment that will give Thunder fans heart-stopping flashbacks to 2016, he nailed two dagger threes to ensure that the Warriors would head to Utah happy.
KT in the CLUTCH.— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 8, 2022
With this bucket, Klay moves to 18th on the NBA's all-time threes list ☔️ pic.twitter.com/F32YnAmu6v
Killer Klay. Killer instinct.
Also: good defense from Thompson in a game where he saw his minutes restriction raised.
Post-game bonus: Led the team in points.
23 minutes, 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 1 foul, 6-for-11 shooting, 0-for-3 threes, 4-for-7 free throws, +12
Another game that displayed how good Kuminga already is, and how great he can eventually be ... while also highlighting a few things that the Warriors are hoping to iron out as quickly as possible.
With a 6-for-8 performance from inside the arc, Kuminga is now shooting 58.8% on two-pointers ... an absurd rate for a 19-year old wing. The collection of rebounds and assists also showed off how much Andre Iguodala he has in his game.
There were a few moments of tunnel vision, and a some reckless possessions, but watching his evolution is a nightly joy. And my goodness, he’s just flat out fun.
Rook really just about jumped out the building@Kia || Dunk of the Night pic.twitter.com/0PIXPrSpFN— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 8, 2022
6 minutes, 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 foul, 1-for-1 shooting, 1-for-1 threes, +8
The most unfortunate part of the night came in the form of Iguodala. The forever Warrior returned to the lineup for the first time since January 20, and looked absolutely excellent.
But he only played a handful of minutes before discomfort in his back — which was the cause of him missing the last eight games — saw him leave the game, which left people feeling both sad and pessimistic.
Steve Kerr on Andre Iguodala's back tightness: "It's a concern. He hasn't played (in eight games) and then his first game back it tightens up. We need him. You could see how good he was in that first half. He just does so many things for us. So I'm definitely concerned."— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 8, 2022
7 seconds, 0 points, 0 plus/minus
JTA only made it on the court for one possession, as a defensive substitute to end a quarter.
He gets an “incomplete” grade for that, but it’s also a reminder as to how great his attitude is that he stays ready for when the team needs him for 20 minutes, seven seconds, or not at all.
14 minutes, 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2-for-4 shooting, 1-for-2 threes, 1-for-2 free throws, +15
Nothing exciting, just super solid bench play from someone who’s been a super solid part of a super solid bench.
Gary Payton II
14 minutes, 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 2-for-3 shooting, 1-for-2 threes, +4
Every time Payton plays a game I feel compelled to tell you how obscene his defense is. He didn’t play a huge role in this game, but ... my goodness his defense is obscene.
30 minutes, 11 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, 4 fouls, 5-for-8 shooting, 1-for-4 threes, +17
Poole may have come into the league with a three-point reputation, but that was the worst part of his game on Monday. And yet despite that, he played in a way that the Warriors would so happily take every game of the year, and reward him with a massive extension for.
And that’s a testament to how far he’s come, and how hard he’s worked.
Poole flirted with a triple-double off the bench, providing a spark in every area of the game: with scoring, with passing, by crashing the boards, and with solid defense.
Coming in hot— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 8, 2022
As a slight aside, the Warriors really need all the rebounding help they can get with Looney being a little undersized, and no other centers on the roster. Poole and Curry combining for 17 rebounds certainly qualifies as help in unconventional places.
Post-game bonus: Led the team in plus/minus.
9 minutes, 5 points, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 2-for-4 shooting, 1-for-2 threes, -6
Moody returned to the back of the bench after a three-game stint in the starting lineup, and a lot of what he showed off while starting was on display off the pine. Namely the return of his three-point shot, while also not being overly reliant on it.
Post-game bonus: Worst plus/minus on the team.
Monday’s DNPs: Chris Chiozza
Monday’s inactives: Nemanja Bjelica, Draymond Green, Quinndary Weatherspoon, James Wiseman