No focus, no brooms - Starters get blown out, but bench comes back to make it interesting
Bad vibes and poor shooting swing that series back towards San Francisco
Nope, not tonight.
The Golden State Warriors are shipping their brooms back to the bay area after the Dallas Mavericks woke up to deny the sweep. The starter for Golden State got blown out of the water, to the point where coach Steve Kerr just pulled everyone but Poole and went with a full bench unit.
…and it worked?
Personally, I would have let the unit that caught up just continue to fight for the win, but at least it was close enough to make it interesting as the Warriors closed to within ten and brought the starters back in the 4th.
What a weird game. The tragedy that unfolded earlier in Texas, the Mavs suddenly all found their shots at the same time, and then the double rookie bench unit that struggled early in the game coming back to win it was all very surreal. Plus, the extended rain delay as the roof leaked in Dallas? Weird.
That’s a 39-20 run in the 4th quarter that may cause Kerr to look a little bit harder at his bench. With no Otto Porter, Andre Iguodala, or Gary Payton, it was feeling like the cupboards were painfully barren, but maybe that new ramen is okay after all.
The Warriors will travel home and try again on Thursday. Good game, good effort.