Reactions: Warriors 110, Nuggets 108
|Harrison Barnes, SF 43 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | +2
Barnes was lost in the first half of the contest but rebounded in the final two periods by scoring 13 of his total 19 points. He was assertive, found the open spaces on the floor and his teammates rewarded him for it. His defense must improve though, he was late on a few rotations and left his guys out to dry.
|Andrew Bogut, C 29 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-1 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +5
His stat line won’t impress but his presence was certainly a huge factor. The Dubs outrebounded the Nuggets again thanks partly to Bogut. He was incredibly physical throughout the contest with Faried and kept him mostly off the glass.
|Jarrett Jack, PG 42 MIN | 10-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 7 TO | 23 PTS | -1
The Warriors don’t win this contest without Jack, but they also win the contest relatively comfortably if not for three costly turnovers in the fourth quarter. Nonetheless, his 10-point first quarter helped keep the Dubs afloat when the game could have gotten away from them.
|Stephen Curry, PG 38 MIN | 8-17 FG | 9-9 FT | 6 REB | 11 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 29 PTS | +13
Steph’s decision making was questionable in this one given some of the weird fouls he committed. Offensively though, he was just as spectacular as in Game 2 and gave the Nuggets fits off the ball and in the pick-and-roll.
|Klay Thompson, SG 36 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 6 PTS | +7
Thompson simply didn’t have it tonight. His individual defense was stellar at times and he spaced the floor beautifully. But his jumper betrayed him in this one and his awareness was seemingly absent based on some of his turnovers.
During the contest, ESPN aired some of Jackson’s comments to his team and they were golden. He implored his unit to attack Denver’s double-team by calling it reckless. His words certainly seemed to carry weight as they did just that and scored 110 points. The one issue with the Warriors coach: the late-game offense-defense substitutions can be problematic in terms of scheme and communication as seen on Wilson Chandler’s corner 3-pointer late in the game. It almost brought Denver back. Have to clean that up.
Three Things We Saw
- Carl Landry was a man’s man tonight and his teammates knew it. They fed him on the block and in the pick-and-pop with the intent of not only getting him going but also getting some of the Nuggets’ big people into foul trouble. He put in work.
- Draymond Green’s offense has been a mystery this season. His jumper’s been an issue throughout the year but he’s found ways to contribute nonetheless. In this one, he gave Curry some relief by streaking to the basket when his man trapped his point guard and even connected on a long-range shot. If Green continues to make defenses pay for leaving him open, his teammates should benefit from a little more single-coverage.
- Remember that guy that tortured the Warriors in Game 1? Andre Miller scored seven points and missed 11-of-13 shots tonight. The Dubs kept him on the perimeter and whenever he did go to the basket, he was met with someone that contested his shot and forced a miss.