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The Warriors played bad, scary bad (obligatory Halloween joke).
Golden State of Mind provides their updated link dump for every game and their comprehensive linkage shows that the Warriors struggle lead to their injured point guard Stephen Curry. Several players commented on Curry’s absence:
Jeremy Lin on his performance:
“I’m not going to really talk about what I did personally when we lost by twenty-four. That’s just a tough game to play defending champs in their hometown and without Stephen Curry. But we’re going to learn a lot at different games and we’re just going to get ready for our next game.”
The offensive woes ranged from struggles to initiate the offense, to missing wide open jump shots, and repeated turnovers with poor ball handling. On some occasion, the Warriors were just unlikely as the ball just never seemed to bounce the right way as shots rimmed out or tipped rebounds always seemed to find their way into Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol’s hand, which they collectively accounted for 42 points and 26 rebounds.
The Warriors struggles on the defensive end could be attributed to David Lee’s off-night, who from jump never seemed to establish any sort of rhythm on either end of the floor. Attempting only 3 shots, Lee at times struggled to establish position. Against Odom and Gasol, Lee’s post plays turned into turnovers as he was called for travelling and a charge call.
Midway through the 3rd quarter, Dorell Wright fed a streaking Lin ahead of him for an easy layup.
A decent showing so far from Lin but bad timing on 3 on 1 pass ruined a short run that could have gotten the Warriors within 11.
But the most interesting image of the night might have been seeing Jeremy Lin guarding Kobe on a few occasions. If that was me, I would probably be scared sh!tless.
The Warriors second unit pulled within 11 at one point in the second quarter against the Lakers second unit, which coach Phil Jackson clearly had seen enough. Putting his starters back in, the Lakers offense continued to run drive and dump passes to Pau Gasol for easy 1 foot buckets.
No matter what, Gasol is in the right place at the right time. And possibly he’s getting good position against the Wright people — Brandan and Dorell. Neither has been affective in putting a body on him and when they do, its usually putting Gasol on the line. Give Kobe and others credit for drawing multiple defenders. The Warriors porous perimeter defense against Lakers penetration has left the Warriors bigs, like David Lee and B. Wright exposed down under. In less than half a quarter, Gasol tallied 10 points, finishing with 16 points in the half.
But David Lee is also having a terrible night on the offensive end, committing 4 turnovers alone. Even more shocking statistic? The Warriors have yet to take a free-throw attempt and are an ice cold 2-10 from downtown.
Marcus Thompson of Inside Bay Area explains what Wright and Radmanovic have in mind with this get-up.
So no, apparently they're not paying ode to the San Francisco Giants World Series run. No Bay Area solidarity from the Warriors here.
Nevertheless, whey're doing with those Nike Hyperfuses could draw a fine from the NBA, since all of the team players are supposed to wear the same colored shoes. If that does happen, at least they're giving up their money in the name of style.
Wright is coming off a 24 point night against the Clippers, but tonight has started only 1 for 5 with two points. He's kept Ron Artest scoreless, but the Warriors still trail by double digits to the Lakers heading into the second quarter. Radmanovic is faring worse. He's 0 for 4, and the two have combined for more turnovers (two) than field goals (one).
Will we see Jeremy Lin early on?
Marcus Thompson said it best on Twitter just now:
On almost every Laker possession, the Warriors have gotten good position in the paint allowing, yet still allowing easy put backs by Gasol, Odom, and Kobe. One particular possession highlights the rebounding disparity. As Odom’s shot ricocheted of the rim, Gasol seemed to rise above the rest, tapping the ball out. Artest took a shot, which the Lakers were again able to secure the ball. Third times a charm?
It’s not as if the Warriors don’t have the size, it looks like a struggle with boxing out.
Dorell Wright is still in, but maybe his special orange "Halloween Shoes" are affecting his shot: 1-5.
Early on, the Warriors are struggling to get a hand in the face of any Laker on the perimeter. On several occasions so far, Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, and Lamar Odom have gotten wide open looks, in large part because of effective screens set by their teammates.
The Warriors on the other hand have come out cold, missing open layups and jumpers. The Lakers transition defense is also taking away the Warriors run-and-gun game.
The Los Angeles Times youtube channel posted interviews with coach Phil Jackson and shooting guard Shannon Brown, which the clip is edited to focus on how Jackson will create defensive schemes on whether Monta Ellis slides to point guard or not.
From the clip, Ellis and Curry are definitely on coach Jackson's brain. How could they not considering how Ellis lit up the Lakers for 46 points in both of their final preseason games.
But one of these unbeaten teams will have to lose tonight at the Staples Center. The Warriors are without Stephen Curry who rolled his already tweaked ankle for the third game in a row. Here's what Stephen Curry had to say about the injury and whether Eric Gorden literally "broke his ankles":
"My heel clipped (Griffin's) shoelace," Curry joked. "I watched it in slo-mo. It was just enough to get me off balance. Gordon's crossover was 20 percent, and Griffin's shoelace was the other 80."
For precautionary reasons, the Warriors are holding Curry out from tonights game, which is a huge blow to a team that is finding its chemistry and groove as we've seen from their commanding, albeit shaky at times, performance against the Los Angeles Clippers (0-2).
David Lee is the double-double machine that the Warriors expect him to be, averaging 16 points and nearly 14 rebounds a game. Fellow newcomer Dorell Wright has also played well, shooting over 50% from the field and knocking down 9 out of 14 three-point attempts in the first two games of the season.
But the Warrior face the World Champions tonight and the preseason meetings showed why the World Champions are the World Champions. The Warriors are definitely going to need to have another performance as spectacular as their effort against the Clippers to have a chance. The Lakers are the biggest test thus far for the Warriors this season.The Lakers will be without Luke Walton and Andrew Bynum. This is a relief. If only Kobe Bryant wasn't playing.