Post game party thread: Warriors pick up road win #2!
Huge 1st quarter blitz gives Golden State enough cushion to carry through for a relatively easy win
The Golden State Warriors just doubled their total road wins, knocking the stuffing out of the Minnesota Timberwolves 137-114. If it’s possible, the game wasn’t as close as the final score makes it seem. Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green all helped dominate this game in different ways; but the real haymaker came in the form of a nasty 47-27 point advantage in the first quarter.
Curry (25 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists) was everywhere tonight - leading the team in both scoring and rebounds. But Wiggins was the player that seemed to be at the focal point of early tone setting today. Here’s the very first play of the game:
That’s a one-handed power dunk, around 10 seconds into the game and it only got worse as the first quarter progressed. The Warriors dominated with an efficient 76% shooting as a team.
From there, it was a push for most of the rest of the game. Golden State keeping the Timberwolves at arms length until a late push in the 4th got the lead down to 10. But there was only the slightest of irregular heartbeats for me. It just felt like one of those games that the Warriors weren’t going to allow to end in a loss.
I’ll leave the detailed breakdown for my fellow DNHQ authors, but we are starting to see some of the early concerns getting brushed over in expected ways. There was an absolutely bonkers late three from Klay Thompson (21 points, five made threes) that made zero sense, but was an absolute momentum killer for the Minnesota comeback attempt. We also got some very interesting and good spot minutes for Kuminga off the bench. His combination of size, athleticism, and willingness to play team basketball are going to make it easier and easier for the coaching staff to find minutes for him.
Jordan Poole scored 24 off the bench, and has really shown the effects of the rotation change that pairs his primary minutes with some combination of Wiggins and/or Green to help with the playmaking and scoring duties.
Golden State is off tomorrow before facing Luka Doncic and the Mavericks on Tuesday.
Otto, GP2, Beli: total combined minutes this season = 146. Otto hasn't played for two weeks and GP2 has yet to return from his operation. If this trend continues, the Dubs' medical/training staff need a retroactive award for squeezing 70-ish games each + playoffs out of those guys... or keep around whatever lucky charm/voodoo magic we used last season.
I’m sorry to have been so harsh about your defensive failings this year. I want you to know that I have noticed your progress on that end and wish you all the best at continuing your improvement as the season goes on.
Another moment from last game made me realize I need to acknowledge that JMG is moving his feet better on D as time goes on. Still the last man down the court by a mile a couple times but it was on O instead of D that I noticed.
Maybe he’s still playing his way back into shape and his D isn’t as doomed as it has appeared for most of this season. 🙏