Down in LA, the Warriors were looking to better their record, coming in with one pre-season loss to the Nuggets. This wasn’t the case on the night. Some of the Warriors weak qualities from last year really showed through, and without Andrew Bogut, these holes won’t easily be covered up.
The Clippers completely dominated the Warriors on the glass, which was the main story tonight. The Warriors were also down in assists without star PG Stephen Curry, who suffered a mild ankle injury. The Clippers also had endless bodies to throw at SG Klay Thompson, who found himself in a shooting slump tonight. There were only a few good things to come of this game.
The first good thing, was that we know now that Bogut is going to make a difference. With his interior presence, and rebounding skill, teams are less inclined to through insane lob passes. DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and even Ryan Hollins (who?) were all getting insane passes from Chris Paul. With Bogut in the middle, along with a hard-working Lee, the Warriors may really make an inside difference. 10-12 rebounds per game extra, could really make a big difference.
Another good thing was that the Warriors got to play the rookies and benchwarmers a lot tonight. Terrance Kinsey and Kent Bazemore both got into the game when Mark Jackson realized that no lineup he put together was going to work out. Unfortunately in the bore of pre-season, Kinsey and Bazemore both shot horribly, and played no good. Jeremy Tyler, although playing just less than 10 minutes, had a, to quote the Clippers’ commentator, “Nightmarish Night”, which really may have demoralized him.
The last good thing I saw on this night was the play of Jarrett Jack. He looked good, solid, and knew what he was doing: where he was going, and why he was doing it. He took many jump-shots, and scored a leading 14 points for the Warriors. He proved that he’s looking good at backup PG, but the main concern is about Stephen Curry. Curry pulled an “Andrew Bogut”, and claimed that the injury was a “fluke”.
Can the Warriors get themselves together before the season starts? We’ll find out: Stick around, stay faithful, and get ready fans, opening night is in just 9 days!