Indiana Pacers 94 Final

Recap | Box Score

91 Golden State Warriors
David Lee, PF 38 MIN | 4-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -14David Lee – Lee was aggressive early, shooting his usual elbow jumper, posting up and driving to the basket early. One problem: they weren’t going in the basket. Lee was the Warriors best (and only) rebounder totaling 14 for the game. Lee and West got into it a few times in the paint in a very physical matchup. West ended up with the better game in a rather mediocre game for both starting forwards.
Dorell Wright, SF 31 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | -2Dorell Wright – The 2010 Wright may finally have come back to life. Wright established himself early with some quick three’s and stayed aggressive throughout. 4-7 on threes in the contest was the positive, the negative was the defense played on Danny Granger. Still, Wright has earned his starting role back after the early clamor for Rush to take his spot in the lineup.
Andris Biedrins, C 24 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5Jay-Z said it best: “What More Can I Say?” Biedrins, the starter by default, proved once again he isn’t capable of starting in the NBA. An absolute atrocious stat line, Biedrins looked soft and out of place on the floor tonight. His body language also told a story of a man who didn’t seem interested and/or knew he was outmatched. Hibbert grabbed 16 rebounds tonight in what easily could have been a better stat line for Hibbert had Indiana fed him in the post more often. Biedrins fear of finishing near the basket is evident and Mark Jackson has to seriously consider starting Udoh or trotting out Earl Barron for a while. It really can’t get much worse.
Monta Ellis, SG 35 MIN | 11-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 25 PTS | -9Monta Ellis – What a change of events in the 4th. While Monta was making tough basket after tough basket on his way towards a potential Warriors victory, he commits the biggest “turnover” of the game with the crossover turned three point play for George Hill. His stat line is impressive and Monta played pretty solid defense throughout. This was turning into a Monta-esque type game, than it just turned into a Warrrios-esque type loss.
Stephen Curry, PG 29 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -4Stephen Curry – Warriors fans were cautiously optimistic upon hearing the news of Curry’s return to the floor. We’ve become so accustomed to seeing him in a suit it was a shock to actually see him playing. Steph was clearly rusty early playing very tentatively and not yet being in game shape. Curry did make himself known in the 4th quarter with seven straight points. We shouldn’t expect a fully healthy Curry for a game or two, assuming that’s even possible anymore.

Three Things We Saw

  1. A bad game from the Warriors bench tonight. Only 26 points from the bench (they average 37 for the season) and Nate wasn’t his usual self. I credit the strong Indiana defense for most of this but it was just a bad shooting night as a whole. McGuire made a couple defensive plays and Klay is coming into his own on offense, but they were mostly overwhelmed by the Pacers second team throughout.
  2. Speaking of bad shooting nights. Whew. Not sure it can get much worse for a “shooting” team like the Warriors. They combined for 37-80 and a 46.3% shooting percentage, but it seemed so much worse than that while watching. I could classify this as your prototypical “lockout” game but it’s been almost one month since the season opener. The reality is quickly setting in.
  3. This was the first of six straight home games for the Warriors. We all know the Warriors play better at Oracle, so it’ll be interesting to see how they perform against the likes of Memphis, Portland and Oklahoma City and Utah.

Grades by Jordan Ramirez