Lets face it. The Warriros should not have won last night. The Wizzards got some incredible contributions from serveral unlikely sources. Like Roger Mason going for a team high 32 points. Mason was 5 of 7 from three point range. Nick Young provided a surge off the bench late in the game as the Wizzards' starting line-up began to tire. The And the starters played incredible, it seemed that everything was falling.
The Warriors didn't play particularly poor on defense, however; followed the recent trend of sloppy defense in the first quarter, alloing 37 points. The Wizzards tried to keep up at the Warriors lightning pace, but their injury riddled roster showed as a fatigued DeShean Stevenson fell victim to the Warriors' ball pressure in the last minute of the game.
Stephen Jackson finished with 41 points, one point off his career high. Monta Ellis and Harrington both contibuted 22 and 21 points, respectively. Baron Davis had 19, but it seems that Baron has been struggling in the last few games, at least to his high standard. He didn't shoot the ball particularly well against Chicago and he got into foul trouble against Sacramento. After losing to Chicago, the Warriors rebounded to win a scrappy game against the Kings that could have gone either way. The same goes for the thriller against the Wizzards. The Warriors are most deadly at home in the fourth quarter if they can keep the score close enough to get the Oracle fans on their feet. The Warriors take in that energy and translate it into suffocating defensive pressure and more often than not can steal close wins.
Tonight the Suns come into town, but Shaq will most likely not play. I would rather have Shaq play so the Warriors could take advantage of the adjustment period that Shaq will have in his first few games. Either way, the Suns are going to try and run away with this game early, so it is critical for the Warriors to stop the lackidazical first quarter defense.