With the Warriors losing Andrew Bogut for 7-10 days, they are looking for some offensive combo that works while guarding big men. Last night, they didn’t do anything offensively. Not that they had trouble guarding Dwight Howard, but they were blown out by a team that they forced into shooting 38% from the field. That’s just not going to work – especially against the Lakers.
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry both shot well, but they were the only Warriors having any kind of offensive night, both scoring in the double digits. Tonight, they face a huge challenge against the Nuggets. The Warriors have a lose-win situation where they lose one and then win one on the back-to-back. With the Nuggets’ depth, this will be hard to do.
The problem has been the rookies.
Draymond Green has not scored a single field goal in the NBA. Harrison Barnes is playing decently, but he isn’t playing as a scorer, like the Warriors expected him to be. He was supposed to be a 10+ per game scorer. Festus Ezeli is playing very well, but he needs to muscle up and not be afraid of some big names like Dwiget Howard. If Bogut is out, the rookies are going to have to step up to provide for the lack of scoring and rebounding.
The load is on them, but can they do it?