To be fair, the Magic came off a huge ego-boosting win against the Lakers. The Warriors, who were on a three game winning streak came into the game feeling good about themselves. Perhaps too good.Much to their surprise, Orlando came out and started hot. They pulled away from the Warriors, who could never really get a strong lead back. The next thing you know, the Warriors’ five-game home winning streak was snapped, and the game was in the books.
Last night, some apparent holes came out, showing the Warriors’ Achilles’ heal without Andrew Bogut. They’re going to have to find some way to cover these holes up during the lengthy road trip, where the Warriors are favored to win most of their games, with the exceptions of the Nets, the Heat, and possibly the Magic, where they look for redemption. All these teams are manipulative, and will attack the Warriors’ weakness if they can find it.
The holes are..
1. Rebounding: Glen Davis was a huge problem for the Warriors. Although his nickname is Big Baby Davis, he didn’t look like a Big Baby as he completely took over the matchup with David Lee. He was on the glass, getting and-one shots, and even hitting his jumpers.
2. Strength: The Warriors were getting pounded inside with no center to clog the middle. On offense, Andris Biedrins and Festus Ezeli were pathetic at creating their own shots. Neither can make free throws or have much of a post-move. They also don’t have great passing skills, whereas Bogut is a 4-5 assists per game type center.
3. Closing Games: Once retaking the lead in most games, the Warriors decide that all will be easy from then on, allowing opposing teams to make runs of their own. The next thing you know, you’re going to the locker room with a loss. I don’t think that a big-men combo of Carl Landry and David Lee can rebound and make smart decisions in crunch time, which why the Warriors always lose their composure in the third quarter.