It’s that time of the season again! NBA basketball is back and the Golden State Warriors are following one of their best seasons in recent memory. Beating the Los Angeles Lakers, contrary to what many think, may not be such an easy task, however. Last night, the Lakers manhandled the Clippers, yes the Clippers, in an offensive explosion. The final score of the game was 116-103.
The Lakers went berserk to the tune of 41 points in the fourth quarter, stunning all of Los Angeles and all of the NBA. The Warriors may have a harder start to the season than expected, as they have to play both the Lakers and the Clippers, who will be looking to take their anger out on someone. The Warriors’ biggest advantage, as we’ve seen in the playoffs, is their home court.
I think that the Warriors are going to do exceedingly well in this opening game, simply because they have the firepower. The interesting thing, however, is that more of the Lakers’ scoring on opening night came from their bench. The Warriors, on the other hand, work strongly off their core. They may not have Harrison Barnes, but other bench players do have the ability to step up and give the Warriors some solid minutes.
The finishing units are hard to predict, but the Lakers could end up playing all their bench players towards the end of the game. It’ll be a curious battle. The Warriors may get the jump start on the Lakers early on, but when the second units are battling each other, the Lakers may pull back up.
It’s hard to predict a winner to this game, but if I had to choose, I would say the Warriors are going to come away with the victory. I don’t think the Lakers’ bench will be as solid as it was against the Clippers.