Reactions: Warriors 85, Wizards 88
|David Lee, PF 32 MIN | 2-10 FG | 7-10 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -12Not sure to give Lee an incomplete or not for Tuesday night, but as Jackson said after the game if he’s on the floor there should be no excuses. So, Lee gets what he gets. Lee has received anti-inflammatory shots before each of the last three games, and while it wasn’t a problem against the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge on Sunday, it was clearly a problem against the Wizards. If Jackson goes by his logic, maybe Lee shouldn’t be out there in the first place and instead have Barnes start at his best position (as was seen on Tuesday for the first time in awhile). Unlike Sway, the Wizards just had the answers for most of the night. When Lee made a driving layup with 1:47 to go in the game, Wall (after an offensive rebounds) drills a three to get that back up three. Lee doesn’t play well against physical, active bigs, and Nene is exactly that. Lee was hindered by his shoulder, but Nene would’ve handled Lee anyways. This just wasn’t a good matchup for the frontcourt, and with an elite power forward (Griffin) and improving center (Jordan) coming in on Thursday, they’ll have to recover quickly.|
|Andre Iguodala, SF 33 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -8After two games where Iguodala showed some of the offensive prowess that had many fans frustrated in last year’s playoffs, Andre had another disappointing effort against the Wizards. Andre played facilitator again, but with much less success that normal. Even when his point output isn’t high, he manages to have double the amount of assists than he did on Tuesday on any given night. He was just not active on the offensive end and also looks to be avoiding contact at times (most likely to avoid shooting FT’s). His biggest contribution was on the glass, picking up for an injured Lee with eight rebounds of his own.|
|Andrew Bogut, C 29 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -11Bogut was a beast on the glass, grabbing 14 rebounds (only two of them offensive) to lead the team in that department. Rebounding, as Jackson reiterated postgame, is very much a team effort night in and night out. Whether it’s the players not getting in the right positions or too eager to get back on defense, the Warriors are having problems in the rebounding department lately. When the other team has seven more offensive rebounds, it’s a lack of effort from the group. The Warriors were out-rebounded 56-47 by the 14th best (+0.9%) rebounding team in the league (based on rebound differential). When you shoot 37% from the field, grabbing only five offensive rebounds makes the night that much worse. Bogut can’t be classified simply by the box score, and he played well on Marcin Gortat, an underrated center who can’t seem to find a home in the NBA.|
|Stephen Curry, PG 38 MIN | 8-23 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 23 PTS | -9Neither of the Splash Brothers were on Tuesday night, and the Wizards made sure to make life hard on Curry especially. We know this team lives and dies by their outside shot, but the Wizards played Curry well. Give credit where credit is due, the Wizards were fighting through screens and trapping Curry whenever they could, making life incredibly hard for the All-Star starter. Curry lived in the paint on Sunday night but never found the will to drive in this one. Part of that is due to the athletic bigs waiting for him in the paint, but the athletic combination of Wall and Beal (with the always pesky Trevor Ariza too) wreaking havoc, this was a night to forget.|
|Klay Thompson, SG 40 MIN | 5-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +2Thompson doesn’t hit the D-range simply because of his defense on Bradley Beal for most of the night. Thompson played exceptional defense on him in the first half, limiting him to 1/7 from the field for two points. But like we’ve seen a lot this season, Thompson gets tired in the second half and lets his guard down just enough to let his player start cooking. Beal was 7/12 in the second half for 18 points and five rebounds. Offensively, Thompson channeled his inner-Kevin Durant, without the making the shot part. Jackson has mentioned his players getting the green light, but passing is too often a lost art in Thompson’s game. There were a few instances in this one where Thompson decided to chuck one instead of making the extra pass. With a shooter like Thompson it’s tough to see him pass up open shots, but when a player is in the vicinity sometimes the best shot is the one not taken.|
Quote of the game:
I think we’re too comfortable coming into games. I think we’re just coming in and thinking that the crowd is going to win us the game. We come out with inconsistent effort from game to game to start games, the stars included, everybody. Then we just have lulls for four or five minutes where we just disappear mentally, especially defensively and it seems like we want to just shoot our way back into ballgames and when shots aren’t falling you can’t do that. — Mark Jackson
Looking ahead: The Warriors need to recover from this loss quickly as the Los Angeles Clippers come into town Thursday night (TNT) in what will be a heated game. They then travel to Utah to play the Jazz the following night in an interesting B2B to wrap up the week.
Your #FullSquad shot chart of the night:
Terio was right (via Lerry Suarez):
Your second-unit update: Lo and behold a productive night from the bench! While Harrison Barnes didn’t revive his entire offensive game, his passing ability was put on display, and considering his recent struggles from just about everywhere this was indeed progress. What continues to be bad is Barnes’ defense. He’s often caught sleeping and allowing his man to cut backdoor or is simply slow rotating. Whether his fault or not, the final play of the first half is indicative his defensive struggles: John Wall is isolated on Barnes at the top of the key as the clock is winding down, Wall makes his move left, gives a slight head fake and blows by Barnes for the layup.
Jordan Crawford, better known as “Steezus”, is giving the Warriors exactly what they thought he would. He can score, run an offense at times but won’t be seen during crunch-time. He’s not a pure point-guard and despite his improved assists numbers he probably will never be, but his job is to spell Curry when he needs the rest and not be completely dumbfounded like Toney Douglas and Kent Bazemore were when they were given that same opportunity. As things have gone thus far, I’m not concerned when Crawford checks in, and he’s shown his scoring abilities on numerous occasions. The question is whether he can help lead a decrepit second-unit to keep and (preferably) extend leads instead of lose them.
How Draymond Green only received 17 minutes is another example of one of Mark Jackson’s growing faults of the season. What more does he have to do? We have to start thinking of this from Green’s perspective: why come back to a team (and coach) that won’t play me more when I’ve clearly outplayed his bench counterparts? This is down the line of course, but it’s growingly frustrating to see Green sit on the bench when he could be guarding anyone from the 1-5 positions. Green played Marcin Gortat tonight! Jackson has always favored offensive lineups, which might be why Green sits more than he should. If that’s the case, someone needs to get in his ear about it, it’s getting inexcusable at this point.
Mo Speights hit a three-pointer tonight. The End.
Tweets of the game:
In this one, Draymond Green probably should’ve played more than 17 minutes. I could say that in almost every game. — Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) January 29, 2014