The Golden State Warriors They were without Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and Otto Porter Jr. on Friday (plus Klay Thompson and James Wiseman), but They still managed to get their 14th win in 16 attempts, squeak by Detroit Pistons 105-102.
It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but a win is a victory, especially on the road, in the back end back to back, half of the team seems to be seated.
So who is responsible for W? Let’s rate all the players, keeping expectations in mind.
37 min, 27 points, 5 rebounds, 1 pass, 2 steals, 1 block, 4 turns, 1 foul, 9 for 19 shot, 1 for 4 triples, 8 for 11 free throws, +8
You’ve talked a lot lately about how much better the Warriors get when Wiggins scores the ball efficiently, which he’s been doing more of the past few games. After pressing for a bigger role with Curry out, Wiggins was still fit for the job.
It’s not been a highly proficient game like he’s had a few of lately, but 27 points around league average proficiency is still a huge positive. There are other areas that need improvement – the assist-to-reverse ratio is the problem – but Wiggins did what the Warriors needed on Friday.
Grade: B +
Juan Toscano Anderson
37 min, 2 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 spin, 3 fouls, 1 for 6, 0 for 2 triples, +2
Someone had to do a Draymond impression in Green’s absence, and it should come as no surprise that the JTA was to blame. Toscano Anderson made an impression that would leave Saturday Night Live Proud, get many passes like the following four The highest combined warriors.
Give me all the great defense in attacking play with the power of shooting assist.
Grade: B +
Post-game bonus: He led the team in assists.
27 min, 2 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 2 turns, 4 fouls, 1 for 6, +6
Looney’s bounce continues to soar head and shoulders above what it was in previous seasons – and literally head and shoulders above its opponents often.
With Carrie and Greene out, Looney struggled a bit to score, but it was a good game from him overall.
Post-game bonus: He led the team in rebounds.
37 minutes, 32 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 turns, 4 fouls, 13 shots for 22, 4 for 8 three-pointers, 2 for 2 free throws, +18
If you don’t know who’s been sitting out this game, you can look at the JTA and Poole stats lines and think the Warriors have some pretty standard games from Green and Curry.
Poole set the tone for Dubs, scoring 11 points in the first quarter, and racking up some big shots as Golden State jumped to an early lead 17-4. He kept his foot on the gas from there, and served as the team’s offensive mover through the night.
It had a few heat checks, and a few tough transitions, but it was one hell of a performance.
Post-game bonus: He led the team with points and plus / minus.
Gary Payton II
29 minutes, 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, 2 fouls, 4 for 5 shots, 3 for 4 triples, 1 for 2 free throws, +18
Hopefully we don’t have to see Curry sitting on the bench to play a full game again anytime soon, but I have to admit that I was It’s so much fun to see Payton slip into the starting role and play big minutes.
He wasn’t necessarily doing guard things, as he didn’t score any assists, but his hilarious defense went on, his white shirt was hot and, as usual, the team looked strong with him.
Post-game bonus: He led the team in plus / minus.
21 minutes, 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 4 flips, 1 foul, 5 for 8 shot, 2 for 4 three-pointers, 2 for 2 free throws, -3
With Porter, Green and Iguodala out, I kind of expected more Bjelica minutes. But his minutes were powerful. Perhaps he tried to fill the green-sized void in the toy industry a lot, because he would want to improve transformations in the future.
Otherwise, it was a good match from Bailey, and the rebounds were great.
Grade: B +
12 minutes, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 fouls, 1 for 6 shots, 0 for 2 triples, 4 free throws for 4, +1
I’m sure a lot of fans were hoping to see a heavy dose of Cuminga’s minutes given the number of players that came out, but the playing time was mediocre, accompanied by a mediocre performance.
Kuminga wasn’t very effective, but he had good moments attacking the basket and was aggressive. It continues to fill in the other parts of the stats sheet.
16 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 spins, 3 fouls, 0 for 2 shots, 0 for 1 three, -11
The nice thing about Lee is that even when he has bad games he rarely does much damage. He didn’t make really bad decisions in this game, or do anything to spoil the team. He just didn’t have it, didn’t give much.
8 minutes, 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 vs 3 shots, 0 vs 1 triples, -9
It was good to see Moody do some shots, and it was good to see him enter the arc for an easier look. These things are related!
16 min, 6 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 spin, 3 fouls, 2 for 3 shots, 2 for 3, -13
Chiozza got his first long minutes during Dubs’ time, and the results were mostly good. It wasn’t the kind of performance that would make Steve Kerr find a way to get him to spin on a regular basis, but he was catching himself, throwing the rock, and making some triples. That’s all you can ask for.
Grade: B +
Post-game bonus: The worst plus / minus in the team.
DNP for Friday: Andre Iguodala, Otto Porter Jr.
Friday idle: Steve Curry, Jeff Dooten, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, James Wiseman
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