Reactions: Warriors 83, Bulls 103
|Andre Iguodala, SF 21 MIN | 1-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +1Iguodala was agressive early, driving to the basket and taking shots he wouldn’t normally would. The problem? He wasn’t hitting them, and while seeing aggression from Iguodala is what the Warriors will need on certain nights (aka when the Splash Brothers are off), he still needs to convert on those attempts to even be considered a threat. He led the Warriors in rebounding as well, although that didn’t mean much on Wednesday night. Opposing Mike Dunleavy, we were all rooting for Andre, but like his teammates he was suffocated by the Bulls stifling defense.|
|Andrew Bogut, C 23 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | +2Bogut isn’t overmatched very often, as there are only a handful of centers that can keep up with Bogut’s activity and body inside. Joakim Noah is one of those centers, and he was the much quicker, powerful center during this game. One would think that Bogut would be older than Noah, but they’re actually the same age. Bogut’s injuries have slowed him down a bit while Noah is still the aggressive pest that he’s always been. Bogut made 4/5 of his shots while Noah made only 3/10, but Noah also grabbed 17 rebounds to Bogut’s six. Bogut also played nearly 10 less minutes than Noah, but it was clear who was going to be the more dominant player early. Bogut is due for another tough matchup on Friday with Tyson Chandler.|
|Jermaine O’Neal, C 16 MIN | 4-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -10O’Neal has looked very impressive as of late, showing eerie athleticism for a player his age. His major contributions have come on the offensive end, being both active on the glass and in the painted area. With David Lee not starting, many believed it would’ve been Draymond Green in the starting lineup instead of O’Neal. Instead, Mark Jackson went with O’Neal against the Boozer-Noah frontline. The O’Neal-Bogut frontline actually was productive on the offensive end, making 8/10 of their shots, but JO had trouble limiting Carlos Boozer (15 points on 6/11 shooting and 13 rebounds). Taj Gibson also had his way inside off the bench with 21 points on 7/13 shooting and five rebounds.|
|Stephen Curry, PG 28 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 5 PTS | -12This was undoubtedly Curry’s worst performance this season and quite possibly his worst game as a member of the Warriors (not including injury-riddled games). Bulls hounded Curry all night, doubling above the three-point line and trapping him whenever they could. Curry burned the Bulls for 34 points on 13/19 shooting and nine assists a couple weeks ago, and there’s no doubt Thibs made Curry his highest priority for this game. Curry seemed out of sync early and only made one (one!) field goal in the first half. He’ll throw this game under the rug and head towards an arena that treated him well last season: Madison Square Garden.|
|Klay Thompson, SG 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -18Thompson was actually the more active Splash Brother on Wednesday night as he made 3/6 of his shots in the first half and was getting decent looks due to the Bulls focusing all their attention on Curry. He went ghost in the second half as he only attempted two more shots in 8+ minutes in the second half. Given the Knicks lack of defense out on the perimeter, the Splash Brothers should be back in full force on Friday night.|
Looking ahead: The Warriors four-game winning streak came to an end, and they look to get back on the winning track in New York against the Knicks. They then face Toronto, Indiana and Boston to round out their six-game road trip.
#FullSquad shot chart:
The lone Warriors highlight of the night:
Your second-unit update of the night:
Mo Speights continues to be in the doghouse, only logging in 9+ minutes with a majority of that coming in supreme garbage time. There was actually a Hilton Armstrong sighting, who managed to do even less than what was originally projected of him in his 7 minutes of floor time. With the Clippers picking up Glen Davis and Danny Granger (reportedly), the Warriors are keeping their end of the bench acquisitions in-house with Hilton Armstrong. He won’t be getting any significant playing time, but it’s slightly disheartening seeing your rivals pick up players while the Warriors stand pat.
David Lee came off the bench for the first time in a regular season game as a member of the Warriors, and while he made only 4/11 of his shots, that can be attributed to the tough Bulls defense as opposed to any usual shots from Lee. He looked healthy enough to play even more, but Jackson smartly restricted him to 21 minutes with four more games on the road trip coming up. Barnes looked like his usual self: 3/10 from the field, 11 points and posing little threat to the opposition.
Jordan Crawford was feeling himself a bit too much early, hitting only 1/4 in the first half, but he finished off 5/10 with some of those shots coming in garbage time. Steezus totaled with 16 points, two assists and two rebounds. Steve Blake is quickly becoming acclimated with his new team, racking up 26 minutes off the bench and making a couple baskets to go along with two assists. These lines won’t jump out at anyone, but he’s looked comfortable in his time with the team not including the forced isolation situations out on the perimeter.
I didn’t forget about Dray, but he’ll probably want to forget about this game: 0 points, 0/5 from the field, two rebounds and four fouls in 15 minutes.