The Warriors proved they’re who we thought they have been, with an emphatic Sport 1 win over the Clippers.
The Warriors had no reply for Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams. They turned the ball over 21 instances. They obtained horrible protection from DeMarcus Cousins and simply 12 factors from Klay Thompson on 5-of-14 taking pictures. They noticed Patrick Beverly take up residence in Kevin Durant’s head, finally sparking a short confrontation that noticed each gamers get ejected.
And so they nonetheless received by 17.
Such is life if you make use of probably the most proficient roster within the league and nonetheless have Stephen Curry. The Clippers didn’t catch each break however that they had quite a lot of issues go their approach and this recreation nonetheless by no means actually felt shut. The Warriors are nonetheless very a lot the Warriors.
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Boogie goes to be an issue for the Warriors. In a recreation the Warriors received by 17, they have been outscored by 21 within the 17 minutes that DeMarcus Cousins was on the ground. He regarded a bit out of types on offense, taking pictures 4-of-12 from the sector and including 6 turnovers however the large downside (SURPRISE) was his protection. The Clippers repeatedly exploited his passive confusion and lethargy in pick-and-roll protection and he was the one evident weak spot in an in any other case acquainted Warriors win. Golden State is sweet sufficient to shortly dispatch the Clippers, even with out Curry going supernova, however because the matchups get more durable it’s going to be more durable for them to maintain Cousins on the ground.
Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams are one thing particular. The 2 main candidates for Sixth Man of the 12 months Award occur to be teammates with a outstanding synergy. Williams and Harrell have been the one issues that basically labored for Los Angeles on this recreation they usually mixed for 51 factors, 11 assists, Eight rebounds, Three steals and a couple of blocks on 22-of-36 from the sector. Their pick-and-roll chemistry helped play Boogie off the courtroom within the first half and, towards smaller defenders, Harrell was capable of do much more injury together with his dimension and power across the basket. The Clippers will want much more to make this a aggressive collection but when good issues are going to be taking place for the Clippers, they’ll in all probability be in the course of it.
Stephen Curry. It took eight 3-pointers however Curry celebrated the Warriors win by turning into the NBA’s all-time chief in playoff 3s, passing Ray Allen. It was a signature Steph efficiency with deep 3s, lightning fast drives and a way of jubilant inevitability. He completed the sport with 38 factors, 15 rebounds and seven assists, taking pictures 8-of-12 on 3-pointers. Curry received’t be part of the NBA dialog this season however tonight he made positive his identify received’t fall out of any dialogue of the most effective basketball gamers on the planet.