|David Lee, PF 33 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -20
Lee took some ill-advised shots and also had trouble converting at the basket as the Rockets routinely met him there and made his shots difficult. The Florida product failed to impose himself on the glass and his teammates followed suit as they were dominated on the boards tonight.
|Dorell Wright, SF 19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -17
Dorell’s night can be summed up as such: the 2011-12 regular season. A couple of 3-pointers, and little else from the Warriors starting forward.
|Jeremy Tyler, F 12 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -14
Jeremy Tyler did not get much time on the floor but also left much to be desired on the interior and thus saw some of his minutes go to Dominic McGuire, as Mark Jackson looked for a semblance of interior defense and some toughness.
|Nate Robinson, PG 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -20
Nate Robinson had a forgettable night and yet still had the most memorable play of the game: a borderline dirty hit on a breakaway lay up that prompted the Houston announcers to refer to the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal. Nate was called for a flagrant 1 foul.
|Klay Thompson, G 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -19
Klay struggled for most of the night to get quality looks and also had trouble converting when he finally was able to go get good opportunities to shoot the ball.
Three Things We Saw
- The Warriors weak side defense was non-existent for most of the night as the Rockets kept moving the ball and cutting on the strong side and then reversing course and throwing it to the weak side for wide open looks from midrange and at the basket.
- Golden State’s zone defense looked completely clueless, especially in the third quarter as players struggled to identify their assignments and gave up open looks both from long-range and from inside the paint.
- The offense struggled to make shots in the second half as Houston forced Warriors players towards Dalembert who challenged shots at the rim and forced misses. Also, Golden State was far too reliant on isolation basketball to sustain any semblance of a good offense throughout the game.