Player Focus: Enemy Update
The Golden State Warriors played last night and beat the Los Angeles Lakers in Fresno. The first quarter ended 26-17 for LAL, but the Warriors won the rest of the quarters 32-30, 37-10, and 24-17. The Lakers shot only 39.4 fg% while the "Dubs" shot 56.2 fg%. Do I expect the same thing tonight? I really hope not. Golden State also went 9/16 from deep, and went to the FT line 32 times (but only made 19 of them).
David Lee played 27 minutes and had 19 points and 7 rebounds. Klay Thompson played 26 minutes and had 18 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Together those two guys had 37 points off of 23 shots, that's a PPS of 1.61. That's astounding. The rest of their starting lineup (Jarrett Jack, Brandon Rush, and Festus Ezeli) played good complimentary roles and both Jack and Rush have legit NBA three point shooting range (combined 3/5 last night). Festus, well, he had a much better night than Andris Biedrins. So there's a hope in GS for him.
Stephen Curry did not play last night, but will be playing tonight at home. Mark Jackson is going to keep him out of double headers this preseason, and him not playing against LAL was done with strategic purpose. We'll see how he does tonight against our group of Mo Williams, Randy Foye, Jamaal Tinsley, and Chris Quinn.
Andrew Bogut did not play last night, as he's still rehab-ing his left ankle. But, as pointed earlier, Festus and Andris played 33 of the 46 minutes last night. Golden State may go small, because, seriously, they're the Warriors. I really do hope that Bogut does play tonight. I'm a fan of his, he's a nice guy who used to tweet with fans early on, and I used to quietly root for the small market Milwaukee Bucks back when they had Mo Williams. Also adding Bogut on the floor means less running (hopefully), which goes back into the pace the Jazz want to play. Last season the Warriors had a pace of 92.3, but against the Jazz we grinded them down to a combined 88.5 possessions per game, over the four games we played.
I would be remiss if I did not mention Harrison Barnes in this enemy update. I think he's going to get a lot of touches, and last night played a bit with his back to the basket. He'll get these touches against Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks and any other wing not named Marvin Williams tonight.
So, GSW played last night. Curry will play tonight. Bogut is a question mark to me -- but I'm sure GSW followers and fans will know more about it than I do. That's cool. Harris Barnes will be good. And they'll shoot threes.