Postgame party thread: Klay goes nuclear, Poole sets new career high in assists
What if everything's just ok?
The Golden State Warriors thoroughly blew out the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight, showing that they still have plenty of talent to get wins - even without Stephen Curry. Sure, it’s not the upper echelon of the NBA’s elite or anything, but the Warriors controlled the game, got everyone involved, and throttled their opponent’s hopes away with some high powered shooting and stout defense.
Felt a bit like the old times.
…no, not that old, just like a few years ago or something. We don’t dip too deep into the archives for good vibes here in Golden State.
Thompson couldn’t quite break his own record, but 42 Points on 68% shooting - and 12 THREES (!!!) is pretty darn nice.
There’s something really satisfying about trusting in a system that managed to come through for you, and watching Poole, Thompson, Green, Looney and Wiggins handle did something for me emotionally. GREAT win. On a lot of levels. The Warriors needed the W, but the mental sigh of relief from this squad being able to take care of business without Curry is a beautiful feeling.
Plus, we even got some fun James Wiseman minutes in garbage time!
Gotta be Klay. Sorry.
Great point guarding from Poole. Fantastic defense from Green. But nah, this one was all about the fact that Klay just went nuts. One of those nights that makes you realize this is why some of us can’t get too nervous about this team yet. Proive me wrong and make me sad, but I’m not going to do it for you.
I know it’s only Monday, but since it’s Bruce Lee night, allow me to share some Bruce Lee band - featuring guest of the DNHQ vidcast, Mike Park.
Kudos to Poole from Joe Viray
“ The Warriors run “Angle” — a high ball screen with a spread floor. Looney sets the drag screen and flips the angle at the last second to catch Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. But what intrigued me was how patient Poole was in letting Looney cook with his screen — a departure from his tendency to reject screens and opt for blazing speed rather than calculated pace.
Poole uses a behind-the-back crossover to shake Gilgeous-Alexander, and all that stands between him and the rim is Muscala in drop coverage. He’s more than entitled to take Muscala all the way and score, draw a foul, or both. But he sees Donte DiVincenzo in the corner being freed up by a Green pin-in screen, opts to snake the pick-and-roll for a paint touch, and kicks out to DiVincenzo, resulting in a highly efficient corner three.
Poole using the full potential of his downhill explosion — coupled with the kind of decision making and advantage creation that garnered him a sizeable extension during the offseason — is what makes it hard to pass up on his potential despite all the warts and struggles.”
Klay channeled his inner Steph before yesterday’s game…
From our ‘unofficial’ team doctor on Klay…
Dr. Nirav Pandya, M.D.
Klay Thompson…..I think his ACL and Achilles are healed