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Dub Hub, Daily Warriors Links for 5/3/23: Warriors encourage Jordan Poole despite late miss in Game 1 loss

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Good Morning Dub Nation,

Unfortunately, Game 1 did not go the way that the Golden State Warriors were hoping as they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 117-112, to begin the Western Conference Semifinals. The game was close throughout the night, but the Lakers slowly pulled away in the second half. A 14-0 Warriors’ run made things interesting late in the fourth quarter, however, they just couldn’t get over the hump as Golden State guard Jordan Poole missed the open deep three with a little over 10 seconds remaining. Despite this, the Warriors voiced their support for Poole who, otherwise, played a great game.

If Golden State had one thing going for them, it was their three-point shot-making. As a team, they shot nearly 40% from deep on 21-of-53 attempts. However, it was more out of necessity as Lakers big man Anthony Davis led a rugged Los Angeles defense which deterred any shots at the rim. Davis was dominant, finishing the game with 30 points, 23 rebounds, and 4 blocks. As a team, the Lakers finished the game with 10 total blocks.

The lack of shots at the rim also explains the large free throw discrepancy. The Lakers mostly scored at the paint, while the Warriors attacked from distance with jump shots. One of the biggest stats going into the game was that the Warriors foul at the third highest rate in the league, meanwhile the Lakers are number one in the NBA at drawing fouls. The trend was clear on Tuesday night as Golden State shot 6 free throws to Los Angeles’ 29.

The good news is that it is still very early in the series. The Warriors will make adjustments, and more importantly, their confidence isn’t wavering as they now look to bounce back for Game 2 on Thursday.

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