October 15, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) breaks up a pass intended for Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson (11) during the second half at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 104-98. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Preseason: Warriors Handed First Loss by Nuggets

A very winnable game: the Warriors came into Denver, looking to dismantle their future playoff rivals. They couldn’t handle McGee, or Iguodala, who both played sparingly, but brilliantly.

The Warriors, however, didn’t have a totally pointless game, but there were many negative spots. How will they perform  on the road? They won their first 3 home games, but once again shrink away from unfamiliar crowds. Hopefully this won’t be a recurring problem.

One great thing from this game, perhaps the only good thing, is that Stephen Curry rediscovered his stroke, and proved to us that he’s still capable of scoring 25, hitting 4/5 three point shots. Klay Thompson, his PIC, wasn’t far behind while he scored 21 points. David Lee added 15, but other than those three, no one had any kind of offensive night.

The Barnes/Rush debate did not move along at all, as they both scored a miserable 5 points, although Barnes started. Ezeli’s flash of brilliance at Oracle seemed distance tonight, as he scored one free throw for his only point of the night. S

Sounds all negative? Like the Warriors were blown out? Nope. Despite all the errors, mistakes, and fatigue, the Warriors lost only by six: 98-104.

It was close heading into the fourth quarter, until the Warriors’ offense went flat, and they scored only 12 points. Corey Brewer didn’t help the Warriors with 15 points off the bench. Iguodala added 10, Lawson added 10, and Danilo Gallinari lead the way with 18 points.

It was, as the preseason always is, a slow game. Will the Warriors have the talent to finish games on the road? Or is that why that extra boost is coming from Bogut. I guess we’ll find out on the road against Phoenix, on Halloween. Tune in, and sit tight, fans! It’s almost here!

Tags: Andre Iquadala Danilo Gallinari David Lee Denver Nuggets Golden State Warriors Javale McGee Klay Thompson Stephen Curry

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