The Golden State Warriors took a lead into halftime, but couldn't quite hang with the Philadelphia 76ers. The story of the game though (at least for Golden State) was Dante DiVincenzo. DDV, as he’s lovingly referred to, showed all the way up tonight: 16 points on (13 shots) with 10 rebounds and 6 assists!! Not too shabby.
Add another road loss to the pile. As short-handed as they were though, I'm claiming moral victory. Neither of my two featured players shined, unfortunately. Klay Thompson in particular had a rough shooting night - and some really bad turnovers. Both he and Poole will need to be better. Maybe we can bring Mark Jackson back in for a motivational speech where he just strolls through the locker room, player by player. “Klay Thompson, you gotta do bettah!”
Gutsy of you on Mark Jackson. Nonetheless, he was the ''caterpillar'' that motivated and developed this dynastic core and converted the team to a defensive culture. I guess it is easier to develop young guys when you do not have to defend a championship and playing time/experimentation opportunities are plentiful. Imagine going in the playoffs with ''Playoff Barnes, in his rookie year, rookie Ezeli, rookie Dray, a soph Klay, a 60 percent recovering Bogut, a hobbled Curry, and losing your dependable David LEE, smallball center/PF, after the 1st game, 1st round....Of course, you've got two super-vets named Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, coming off-the-bench, that would lead the team to the second round, nearly knocking out the eventual Finalists Spurs....
Klay came back from all those injuries and won another title.
I’m still there.
Anyway. Wake me up in a few months when I can start getting ready to care again during the home stretch before the playoffs.