The Golden State Warriors had a pretty decent start against the Washington Wizards, going back and forth with them the whole quarter and eventually trailing by one, 33-32.
Head Coach Keith Smart made a slight change to his starting lineup putting rookie Ekpe Udoh in for the struggling Andre Biedrins, moving David Lee over to Center to begin the game. The Warriors are were hoping for a spike in defensive energy for giving up some size with BIedrins on the bench, but not much changed as Udoh played 8 minutes for no points or rebounds in the first quarter.
The Warriors were using a well balanced attack offensively; David Lee had 4 points and 4 boards, Stephen Curry had 10 and Dorell Wright added 8. Monta missed his first four shots but finished the period with 8.The W’s had only 2 turnovers while getting to the line 7 times (a lot for them) in the period which will hopefully continue throughout the game.
For the Wizards Andre Blatche started well with 10 points ,while Nick Young added 11, John Wall had 6. The Wiz got to the line 14 times in that first quarter, way too many for a team like Washington. Let’s see how the Warriors fare the rest of the game.