Warriors No Longer Undefeated, Lose to Lakers, 107-83

Golden State Warriors take on the World Champions without Stephen Curry. Reggie Williams set to step In his place as point guard. Head over to Golden State of Mind to get the latest scoop and fan opinion on the Golden State Warriors.

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Golden State of Mind Link Dump On 107-83 Loss To The Lakers

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:

Monta Ellis on playing without Stephen Curry:
“His presence was missed, but like I said we were getting open shots, they just wouldn’t fall.

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.”

David Lee on the Warriors struggles to initiate offense:
“We missed Steph tremendously, but we still should have played better,” Lee said.

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.


Jeremy Lin Scores His First Two Points Of Career

Midway through the 3rd quarter, Dorell Wright fed a streaking Lin ahead of him for an easy layup.

Jeremy Lin is geting the most burn against the Lakers’ starters. Lin has shown good hustle on defense, getting a steal off Gasol and diving for a ball and taking it away from Lamar Odom.

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.


Pau Gasol Is A Certified Warrior Killer

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.


Warriors Close Gap With Second Unit

Coach Keith Smart is throwing in his second unit and their producing points and rebounds against the Lakers“Renegades.”

Gadzuric, Bell, and now Rodney Carney are leading the Warriors second quarter charge outscoring the Lakers 13-2 so far.

Will we see Jeremy Lin early on?


Lakers' Second Chance Points Destroying Warriors

Marcus Thompson said it best on Twitter just now:

gswscribe, Marcus Thompson:Warriors getting crushed already at the very thing they’re hanging their hat on: rebounding (16-8 Lakers)

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?

You betcha.

It’s not as if the Warriors don’t have the size, it looks like a struggle with boxing out.

The Warriors thus enter the second quarter, going deep into their bench with defensive minded and hustle-oriented players such as Dan Gadzuric, Vladimir Radmanovic, and Charlie Bell.

Dorell Wright is still in, but maybe his special orange "Halloween Shoes" are affecting his shot: 1-5.


Warriors Not Defending Perimeter, Down 11-2

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.


Lakers' Coach Phil Jackson Eyeing Stephen Curry's Bum Ankle

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.

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