So, we very nearly got the win, and lost it in double overtime. Is there a medal for moral victories, for being able to hang with the Warriors for this long?
Having missed most of the game live, I went back and caught the full game on replay (gotta love League Pass). Here’s the box score for reference.
Have to say, the team has taken a serious step forward in growth this season. We’re not fully there yet; defensive rotations stutter at times, ATO plays look wonky, and there’s the occasional hero ball (hello there 7-for-22!), especially when the ball stops moving. BUT, we’re making huge strides as far as defense is concerned, and like all of us know by now, it’s got to be a 48 minute operation with all hands on deck. A few lapses could have us earning another loss easily.
First off, top props to Bradley for the first quarter onslaught, and to guys like Crowder, KO, Lee, Turner, Sully and Lee for doing their part. Young too, but more on that later.
1. We got slaughtered on the glass
Box out, people. If we can’t defend our own rebounds, we don’t deserve to win.
The Warriors out-rebounded us this game, 67-51. The differential in defensive rebounding was +10 to Golden State, and they got 17 offensive rebounds.
I like the number 17 when it refers to the number of championship banners, not the amount of offensive boards we surrendered in a game.
Sidetracking a little, I’m thinking of coach Steven’s spoken preference towards small ball. That in turn calls for a lot of aggressive gang rebounding, something Golden State has been able to accomplish even with their small ball lineup of death.
We have to get this rebounding thing right, before our small ball becomes a real weapon.
2. Transition defense did not exist
21 fast break points for the Warriors, plenty of ill-defended (or even undefended) layups were made.
We can’t afford to give points away like that.
3. The Warriors are a scary outfit
Captain Obvious here, but the point was just highlighted once more this game.
Brandon Rush looked comfortable out there as a starter, and Livingston/Barbosa were playing their roles to perfection. Despite missing two key players in Thompson and Barnes, the Warriors still looked pretty good. Good enough to close the game out anyway.
And of course: Draymond Green who clinched a 5×5 (24 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals, 5 blocks) while chucking 3-pointers, defending guards and forwards with equal ease.
I guess it’s different if Green was the missing player, but seriously, solid contribution from the reserves.
4. Still loving the good times with Mike and Tommy
I’m not sure how many more seasons we got, but from the bottom of my heart, thanks to you two fine gentlemen for all these years of commentating, it’s been a lot of fun listening to you.
Hey, what can I say? I’m a C’s fan, and I love listening to Celtics homer talk, raging on lousy whistles and the like.
5. Bradley is still getting killed by whistles while playing elite defense
Yep. That’s a foul, come on. I feel like AB’s earned a reputation over the years for getting quick whistles on his aggressive defense, which in turn has made him less effective.
Nothing we can do about it, but it just frustrates me when he gets quick whistles and loses playing time.
P.S. James Young actually looked better than I thought he would be
He gave good effort on defense and on moving the ball the right way during offense this game.
The numbers look decent too. 5 points on 2/3 shooting, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and only 1 turnover in nearly 20 minutes of play? It’s not All-Star, but I’ll take it.
Keep it up Young!
To wrap things up, here’s a moment I thought was pretty fun: IT snatching a rebound away from Bogut, and dishing it out to AB for a quick three.
Onwards to the next game.