For the second time in three nights, the Golden State Warriors overcame a double-digit halftime deficit to win a blowout. This time they have been down 11 on the half to the Los Angeles Clippers, earlier than a staggering 42-16 third quarter utterly flipped the script. You by no means would have guessed when LA went to the locker room in full management that Ty Lue can be waving the white flag with a whopping eight minutes remaining within the recreation.
Unreal. One of the perfect efficiency of the 12 months, and the Dubs are taking part in maybe their finest basketball of the 12 months, regardless of lacking two starters, together with the face of their franchise. Permission to be optimistic granted.
Now, let’s grade the fantastic of us who obtained it completed. As at all times, grades are weighted based mostly my expectations for every participant. A “B” grade represents the typical efficiency from a participant.
Note: True-shooting proportion (TS) is a scoring effectivity metric that accounts for threes and free throws. League common TS is 58.0%.
29 minutes, 11 factors, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 turnovers, 4 fouls, 5-for-7 taking pictures, 0-for-1 threes, 1-for-2 free throws, 69.8% TS, +19
Had this recreation not had a lot rubbish time, Green would have had his first triple-double of the season. But that’s not what I wish to speak about.
We want to speak in regards to the protection. This was maybe the perfect defensive effort of the season for the Warriors, although it’s price noting that they have been aided by an unsustainably-poor taking pictures night time from past the arc by LAC — Paul George, Eric Gordon, and Norman Powell gained’t be combining to shoot 3-for-25 from distance once more anytime quickly, even when they’re blindfolded. But even such, the protection was large.
Green is on the coronary heart of what the Warriors do defensively, at all times. He was immaculate on this one, sagging 15 ft off of Russell Westbrook (who had extra turnovers than made pictures) and taking part in a rover position on protection that might make an All-Pro security proud.
Post-game bonus: Led the group in assists.
25 minutes, 11 factors, 8 rebounds, 1 help, 4 fouls, 4-for-7 taking pictures, 0-for-1 threes, 3-for-4 free throws, 62.8% TS, +17
Looney has been dominant on the glass currently, however Mason Plumlee obtained the higher of him on this one, profitable the middle rebounding battle 20-8. His protection was nonetheless incredible, and he had some offensive highlights, nevertheless it was nonetheless stunning seeing somebody do such work towards him.
half-hour, 19 factors, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 7-for-16 taking pictures, 3-for-8 threes, 2-for-2 free throws, 56.3% TS, +16
Klay has been conserving the Warriors afloat currently along with his taking pictures. But on this recreation it was his all-around play that obtained the job completed. Despite Looney dropping the middle rebounding battle by double-digits, the Dubs nonetheless outrebounded the Clippers 60-47, partly as a result of Klay had a career-high with 11 boards. He had a few of his higher passes of the season, and his protection seemed incredible.
It’s not usually that Klay has a extremely good recreation that doesn’t contain burning by the nets, however this was one.
Post-game bonus: Tied for the group lead in rebounds.
31 minutes, 5 factors, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 2-for-10 taking pictures, 1-for-6 threes, 25.0% TS, +22
It was an uncharacteristically poor offensive night time for DiVincenzo, who couldn’t purchase a bucket and completed with out an help. And but he nonetheless made a large affect on this recreation.
Like Klay, DiVincenzo was in every single place. He rebounded like his job trusted it. His protection was completely phenomenal … he was requested to protect a a lot bigger All-Star in Paul George, and held him to 3-for-15 taking pictures and simply 4 free throws.
Sometimes folks give me flak for placing an excessive amount of inventory into how the offense or protection appears with a participant on the court docket, moderately than their tangible contributions. But for those who watched this recreation, you perceive what I imply after I speak about that. DiVincenzo’s stats look extremely mediocre, however rattling … the Warriors simply labored when he performed.
Post-game bonus: Tied for the group lead in rebounds, finest plus/minus on the group.
32 minutes, 34 factors, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, 1 foul, 9-for-20 taking pictures, 5-for-12 threes, 11-for-12 free throws, 67.3% TS, +19
Poole had a reasonably tough first half, however he was nothing in need of a famous person within the second half. In a recreation that includes 5 future Hall of Famers, Poole spent the second half being the perfect participant on the court docket, and racking up 25 factors on 6-for-10 taking pictures.
Maybe I shouldn’t excuse the poor first half or the sheer variety of warmth checks he fired off, however for tonight I’m going to. It was a reminder as to only how dynamic Poole could be, how artistic his scoring and playmaking could be, how properly he can steadiness attacking the rim, attending to the free throw line, and bombing in threes, and in addition how a lot defensive potential he has.
Post-game bonus: Led the group in factors.
29 minutes, 19 factors, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers, 3 fouls, 7-for-12 taking pictures, 3-for-4 threes, 2-for-3 free throws, 71.3% TS, +19
This recreation was the whole bundle for Kuminga. Perhaps his most well-rounded recreation so far. He shot. He drove. He minimize. He handed. He obtained out in transition. He set screens. He rebounded. And he defended as if his sole aim was to make Draymond proud.
He’s actually coming into his personal. Not solely is that massive for the Warriors, nevertheless it’s an absolute pleasure to see.
5 minutes, 0 factors, 1 foul, -2
The second straight recreation the place JMG obtained a short stint within the second quarter, after which by no means returned. After a superb stretch of video games, he’s largely out of the rotation proper now. Hard to be upset about that given how properly Looney, Kuminga, and Draymond are taking part in.
27 minutes, 5 factors, 2 rebounds, 1 help, 1 block, 2 fouls, 1-for-7 taking pictures, 1-for-5 threes, 2-for-2 free throws, 31.7% TS, +9
I’m standing by my level from Tuesday’s recreation, which is that Lamb has actually gotten rather a lot higher at discovering methods to assist the group, even when his stats are ugly … as they have been on Thursday.
It wasn’t a superb recreation for him, however he was considerably higher than the stat sheet would point out. His shot is basically struggling proper now although: in his final 10 video games, Lamb is taking pictures 5-for-27 from three-point vary.
Patrick Baldwin Jr.
9 minutes, 4 factors, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 2 fouls, 2-for-6 taking pictures, 0-for-3 threes, 33.3% TS, -5
For the third straight recreation, Baldwin obtained some honest-to-goodness rotation run. Not quite a lot of it, however a few of it. It’s enjoyable to see, and he does appear firmly forward of Moses Moody on the depth chart proper now.
His three-point shot didn’t fall on this one, however we noticed extra of his all-around recreation than we’d seen earlier than. He moved the ball properly, minimize properly, and performed in all probability the perfect protection of his younger profession. Plus, the printed revealed that he’s grown two inches because the draft, and is now 6’11”!
Post-game bonus: Worst plus/minus on the group.
20 minutes, 4 factors, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1-for-6 taking pictures, 0-for-4 threes, 2-for-2 free throws, 29.1% TS, +6
A tough taking pictures night time for Jerome, however a powerful recreation working the offense mistake-free.
5 minutes, 3 factors, 1 rebound, 1-for-2 taking pictures, 1-for-2 threes, 75.0% TS, 0 +/-
Just rubbish time for Moody once more.
Thursday’s inactives: Steph Curry, Andre Iguodala, Gary Payton II, Lester Quiñones, Ryan Rollins, Andrew Wiggins