Steals, blocks, capitalizing on turnovers with easy buckets on the other end is what characterized the ‘We Believe’ teams defense. The Warriors won’t hold the other team to a low scoring effort, nor do they frequently get a stop when needed, but they do play a brand of defense that can be exciting.
Last night’s game against the Lakers was an example of Warriors defense. 9 steals, 10 blocks, 5 of them by Randolph helped ignite the Warriors fast break. The W’s had 30 fast break points and 16 off of turnovers.
Curry isn’t credited with any steals but there were at least a few plays where he got his hands into the passing lanes and deflected the ball to another Warriors player. Curry doesn’t have the size or speed of other guards, but he has a Mullin like ability to get his hands in the right place at the right time to force a turnover.
CJ Watson had another solid game both on the defensive end, and shot a high percentage from the field going 4-6 from the field and 4-5 from 3 point land.
The Warriors season is lost with injuries, front office chaos, and Nelson’s erratic coaching style, but there is more talent here than in the ‘dark years’ from 96-2002.
The Warriors will still get crushed by more disciplined teams like San Antonio and Utah, but their style of play, combined with emerging talent will keep them in most games. Frontcourt size, and rebounding still stands between the Warriors and a legitimate shot at the playoffs.