There were a lot of negatives to take away from this game, as the Warriors played sloppily, yet scrappily. They looked like different guys out there, but in a good way.
Luckily, despite Stephen Curry and David Lee both making two shots each, the Warriors were able to pull away with a huge victory on the road. A morally needed one, and as long as the Warriors finished with a higher score than their opponents, it’s a win and they’ll take it.
Andrew Bogut, despite many questions, ended up starting tonight, which is good to see. In the 18 minutes that he played, he made a huge impact with his presence defensively, as well as his eight points. His supposed PIC Stephen Curry, however, had no such night. In the time he played, Curry scored 5 points with seven assists, but shot the ball 16 times. He missed two crucial freethrows late in the game, which would have sealed the victory for the Warriors. Luckily, Shannon Brown’s shot at the buzzer was too late, giving the Warriors the 87-85 victory.
The deciding factor wasn’t Klay Thompson or even Harrison Barnes tonight. It was two bench players who were expected to make a huge impact. Brandon Rush and Carl Landry played their hearts out today. Rush wasn’t as aggressive as he was in foul trouble. Landry bumped the Warriors back into the lead, with his tough dunk in traffic and his jump shot late in the fourth quarter. His stroke looked beautiful.
There weren’t many positives to take away from this game, but the Warriors were thankfully able to pull off the very slim victory. It was a hard fought victory, despite the Warriors 33% shooting. Rarely this season will you see the Warriors do that. Nevertheless, it’s a victory and the Warriors will take it.
The Warriors play the Grizzlies on Friday at Oracle for the home opener. Stay tuned!