Post Game Party thread: Dubs annihilate Pistons
The Splash bros look real splashy
The Golden State Warriors blasted the Detroit Pistons in their joyful return home after a tough road trip. For the first time since coming back from injury, Klay Thompson looked just as dangerous as Stephen Curry as the Golden State juggernaut was simply too much for a rebuilding Pistons team to keep up with.
I think my favorite part was this Thompson finishing move that closed the first half in a dominant fashion:
And yes, I’m going to be on the lookout for some high quality images of the Splash Brothers reactions right when the shot fell.
There were tons of contributions up and down the roster, Jonathan Kuminga looked amazing as a starter, there was definitely some chemistry between Andrew Wiggins and Thompson, and Kevon Looney set a new career high for rebounds in a quarter (8 in the 1st).
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One final thing to watch for in the post game interviews (and beyond), Curry hurt his hand after getting it smacked by a defender swiping at a pass. It was initially taped up, but then Curry took an early exit. The Warriors have one day off before hosting the Indiana Pacers on January 20th.
Anyway … I liked seeing Kuminga start in Draymond’s place. Classic injury opportunity. A bit earlier than I expected based on Kuminga’s progress (and hoped that wouldn’t be necessary because Dray would deliver an iron man season). As many have pointed out here, a chance to play with the starters represents excellent developmental opportunities. And what we saw was pretty satisfying. Yea, dumb fouls, defensive gaffes; but more than made up for by some beautiful interactions with the starters, savage rim attacks, and high effort defense. 10 boards? Well done. For a guy who was derided for a lack of effort on the boards seemingly just a few weeks ago, it’s great to see him responding quickly.
I love how Kerr is being so blunt about why he’s playing Kuminga in this spot now: "With Draymond out, it feels like a good time to play JK with Steph and Klay and Loon. We really want to see what he looks like in that starting group...He's earned this." Earning the spot has gotta be motivating for Wiseman and Moody.
In other news, the Splash Brothers (now Splash Triplets??!?!) are back. So beautiful to see Steph, Klay and Wiggs dissect the defense, nail the open jumpers, and generally show top form. Yea Detroit kinda sucked, but still. This is what I, as a fan, have been longing for.
Not sure why you guys are ragging on Moody so much. He’s gotten very little playing time with the Dubs so far, not even getting to practice with the team much because he is either down in SC or traveling there. How is it surprising that he’s not a smooth cog fitting into the beautiful complexity of the offense? When he actually gets to play he figures out stuff fast and contributes. He’ll be there eventually. I’m really psyched that we got him in addition to Kuminga.