The Warriors are injury plagued, but thank goodness it’s only temporary. Tonight, the Warriors were without 4 role players in Carl Landry (12 PPG), Stephen Curry (21 PPG), Harrison Barnes (9 PPG), and Andrew Bogut. The Dubs, however, were able to pull off a huge win thanks to Klay Thompson’s 31 points and the leadership of David Lee.
In the first quarter of this game, the Warriors started very hot. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, looked very sluggish. The Dubs had jumped out to a 13-4 lead to start. All of a sudden, however, the Warriors’ defense faltered, giving the Cavs an opportunity to strike. Despite some good activity from Andris Biedrins, the Cavaliers closed the gap, 19-17, ending in a 23-23 tie at the end of the quarter.
The Short handed Warriors were really starting to play the Cavs well. In the early second quarter, both teams started to look sluggish on the defense and offensive ends of the court. The Warriors executed well, and David Lee was able to get Klay Thompson 11 early first half points. He wasn’t done there, as he really picked up the pace and scoring lack for the Warriors. Other guys such as Charles Jenkins and Kent Bazemore were also making good contributions. Thompson finished with 18 points at the half, and the Warriors lead 55-44.
At the beginning of the second half, both teams played bad defense. For the Warriors, however, that was no problem because they were absolutely rolling on offense. Klay Thompson refused to miss in the third quarter, and he had 28 going into the 4th. Even his Partner in Crime, Stephen Curry, was smiling on the bench. The Warriors lead 84-68 at the end of the third.
Despite some good efforts by the Cavs to close the gap, the Warriors were just too much. It was more of the same in the fourth quarter, as the Warriors put away the Cavs. Klay Thompson was able to outshine Kyrie Irving, who beat him out for rookie of the year last year. Thompson held him to 14 points on 5/17 shooting, while he scored 32 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.