Post Game Party: Warriors need clutch bucket from Curry, come away with a win
“If you stumble, make it part of the dance.”
Just as we all expected, the Golden State Warriors managed to hold off the Houston Rockets for a painfully close win. While far from pretty, a win is a win, and it sure feels nice that the Warriors put one in the right column after such a painful overtime loss in their last game.
DNHQ member Chasing Rings was one of the first game thread comment and for some reason their comment “If you stumble, make it part of the dance” really stuck with me. There were for sure plenty of stumbles tonight.
Golden State needed every second of this game to figure it out, but it felt like a late foul on Jordan Poole was what lit the final fire.
Also, I’d like to take a small moment to collectively thank Kevon Looney. Dude has been putting in solid work all season, and is on one heck of a tear lately. As far as guys stepping up in Green’s absence, I don’t think I can appreciate Looney more, but he keeps coming through with big effort games and making me like him more.
As always, we will resume our standard coverage in the morning, but tonight, we
celebrate an entirely different 5.3 final seconds of regulation than what we got in the previous Warriors game.
I'm seeing a lot of praise for Poole's game and he certainly scored the ball at a decent rate but I can't get past this play:
Failure isn't an option on a play like this, Poole needs to get that fucking ball. Lee and GP2 would both get that basketball one way or another. If he's not going to out-muscle a 19 year old rookie, how is Kerr supposed to expect him to successfully box out Mikal Bridges in the playoffs?
EDIT: Speaking of costing them in the playoffs, watch the play continue here:
Look at this (awful) foul that Goble almost called on Poole, but they determined the timeout came first so the Warriors dodged a bullet. Of course, they wouldn't have had to dodge that bullet if Kerr hadn't made probably the worst challenge call he's ever made in the third quarter for a fucking possession change when there was 12 on the shot clock (unsuccessful by the way). You almost always need to save your challenge for crunch time and this was no exception. If that foul was called, the Warriors probably lose the game.
At some point Kerr needs to stop fucking going by feel or whatever he's doing and think about the actual effect on win probability that the call has (which will always be bigger in crunch time unless we are talking foul trouble for Curry/Draymond). I'm worried that Kerr's lack of challenge skills will cost the team in the playoffs.
Well with a good night’s sleep and the opportunity for reflection, I have come to these important conclusions:
- I’m glad I watched the game. Pain and pleasure in rapid succession increase the dopamine response. And yea, I just made that up.
- It was fun.
- Baked a cake. Had dinner and a few glasses of wine before the game. Watched on slight delay to skip the commercials. That makes all sports better. Cake also makes sports better.
- Houston scored at will in the paint for much of the game. Until they kinda got tired. Oh Draymond Draymond wherefore art thou Draymond?
- I liked Porter and Poole’s games last night. Not excellent, mind you, and they didn’t carry the team to obvious victory, but the two played well on both ends of the court, hit shots, defended well. OPJ got boards. Poole hit 50% of this threes (on 4 attempts, but that’s ok). He also had 4 TOS. Lee had a lot of hustle and took good shots.
- GP2 is a mad wild dervish of a baller. Love watching him play.
- Looney is also playing well, but his in the paint offense, while it works sometimes, is pretty ugly to watch. At least this game when he got triple teamed his teammates ran to to the weak side to take outlet passes.
- The Kuminga as a Starter Era ended awfully quickly. He did get some quick minutes but I think his lack of impact is less on him and more on the coaches for not designing at least a few plays around him for the team to run. This needs work.
- Message from Mr. 3rd Quarter to 2nd Half Curry: Hey Bro nice to see you. Please come back from your wandering in the desert and set up a nice little bungalow here in Splash Land. Stay a while! And Ms. 1st Half would like you to visit more regularly.
- Yea that Curry game winner was exciting. We few dedicated fans watching exploded with cheers. The rest of the house came running. Replays ensued.