|David Lee, PF 30 MIN | 8-17 FG | 7-7 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 23 PTS | -13
I don’t want to sound like Lacob 2.0 here, but I can’t find enough good things to say about the team MVP. He’s the only Warriors player that continues to show effort on both ends of the floor regardless of opponent. Sure Lee will have a head-scratching turnover here and there, but you can take that when his point output and rebounding continue to impress.
|Dorell Wright, SF 27 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -14
Dorell played well tonight, especially considering he was given the ho-hum chore of guarding Kevin Durant. Durant got his usual numbers, but Dorell impressed on the glass — 11 rebounds, five of them on the offensive side — and found some resemblance of a stroke from beyond the arc.
|Andris Biedrins, C 14 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5
Same play, different game for the lost Latvian. Andris is the saddest excuse for a starting center in the NBA. I don’t want to see Andris fail – we’ve seen him succeed in the past – but it’s simply hard to watch this awful play game after game. I understand Kwame Brown got hurt – an undeniably huge blow to the team – but for the Warriors to stand pat and do nothing afterwards is abysmal. It’s a shame the Warriors have to start every game in a five on four scenario. This ship should have sailed long ago.
|Monta Ellis, SG 30 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | -16
Ironically, Monta and Steph both shared the same FG numbers tonight – both 4-13 from the field – to complete their inconsistent play from the backcourt. The effort was there, the execution wasn’t. Credit the Thunder for their defense as well, but Monta wasn’t on his game tonight. The reported hyper-extended knee is surely a concern for the future (trade value anyone?), but in the meantime, don’t be surprised to see Klay Thompson make his second career start on Saturday.
|Stephen Curry, PG 28 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | -12
Just another peculiar performance by the starting point guard tonight. Even when Curry plays I can’t help but wonder how the ankle is hurting him – both physically and mentally. The constant debate between Warriors fans is whether Curry is a part of this team’s future. Does Curry have the skills to be a successful guard? Absolutely. Can he achieve his potential on this team? That’s another question.
Three Things We Saw
- Ekpe Udoh continues to impress on the defensive end of the floor. Four blocks tonight as he continues to show why the Warriors drafted him #6 overall in the 2010 draft. You would like to see his rebounding numbers improve slightly, but you can’t ignore the constant energy Udoh brings every night. The improving forward deserves more minutes.
- Nate Robinson clearly tried to prove something to his old team tonight. 1-6 from the field and a measly assist is not what you’re looking for from the backup point guard. I know Mark Jackson loves Nate’s energy, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Charles Jenkins get some more minutes when it counts. He played well pre-Nate and really, what do we have to lose?
- Stephen Curry will be the lone Warriors representative at All-Star weekend as the point guard will defend his title in the Skills Challenge. Brandon Rush – leading the NBA in three-point shooting at 54% — was overlooked for the three-point shootout. Klay Thompson was also overlooked for the BBVA Rising Stars game. Does this surprise me? No, Golden State players usually go unnoticed in anything related to All-Star weekend. Still, it’s hard not to gripe and feel for Brandon Rush, who is having a career year and has been a key contributor for this team. In the grand scheme of things the snubs mean very little, but it does show where the Warriors are in the scale of national significance. Hint: not high at all.