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Golden State Warriors 74 FinalRecap | Box Score 76 San Antonio Spurs
David Lee, PF 36 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +3Another double double for the double double machine that is Mr. Lee. Despite being frustrated all night by Tiago Splitter and whoever else the Spurs brought out of their European closet, Lee still was useful on both ends tonight. Yes, that includes the defensive end. His 10 rebounds are nice, but only one offensive rebound is worrisome.
Andre Iguodala, SF 44 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 9 PTS | +3The points won’t impress, and for the team’s starting PG tonight the assist totals won’t either. But, as stated before, Iguodala gives you so much more than what can be recorded in a box score. He shadowed nearly everyone on the defensive end, disrupted numerous passing lanes and did an admirable job running the offense in replacement of Curry. Sometimes he’s too unselfish for his own good, forgoing his own physical gifts for a lesser shot to a lesser skilled offensive player. But, the Warriors aren’t in this game without his presence on both ends.
Harrison Barnes, SF 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -10Barnes is still nursing his inflamed left toe despite his insertion into the starting lineup tonight. I expected a much heartier stat line from Barnes given the situation, but the aggression just isn’t there yet. The Black Falcon stays grounded for now.
Andrew Bogut, C 32 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -3Everyone will just have to get used to Bogut’s inefficiency on the offensive end. He’s just not the same player on that side of the floor that he once was, showing poor touch and little low-post moves when given the chance. But, the Warriors didn’t sign him to a three-year extension for his offensive output. Defensively, Bogut did a fine job of limiting Tim Duncan all night and was sorely needed on the glass. The Warriors wouldn’t mind five assists a night however.
Klay Thompson, SG 39 MIN | 5-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -1Thompson was off all night, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Shadowed by playoff nemesis Kawhi Leonard, Thompson just couldn’t find any open looks. Often doubled, he was often forcing shots he would normally pass on and clearly struggled without his fellow Splash Brother creating space for him. Since Game 2 last season vs. SA: 11/49 FG, 27% from 3PT, 8 TO’s.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Toney Douglas wasn’t impressive in his first five games as a Warrior, but in the absence of Curry the sixth-year guard shined: 8/14 from the field, 5/9 from 3PT and zero turnovers in 28 minutes. Douglas was initially listed as the starting PG until Coach Jackson pulled his usual niftiness and switched him out with Iguodala last second. One game won’t prove his worth to this team, but it doesn’t hurt either. The Warriors wouldn’t mind more scoring efforts like this off the bench as the season progresses.
  2. If someone told you the Warriors would only score 76 points against the Spurs in San Antonio, you would think they lost by 30+ points. But, the team proved once again why they should be considered an above-average, dare I say elite defensive team. This is the first time the Warriors have lost while holding an opponent to 76 points or fewer since 1955.
  3. The team no travels from one House of Horrors to another. The Warriors haven’t won a game in Memphis since April 4, 2008. The status of Stephen Curry is unknown, but even if Curry does play it will take a true team effort — and more than 74 points — to take down the Grizzlies.