Saturday, October 30, 2010

Warriors beat Clippers 109-91

The Warriors are 2-0 for the first time since the 1994-1995 season. Like the win over Houston, Golden State shared the ball, played sound team defense, and secured rebounds to win.

Key stats: The Warriors tallied 32 assists on 43 made baskets. The ball movement was apparent as Warriors players found open jump shots and found success in the screen and roll game. Dorell Wright shot 6-8 from three point range and Monta Ellis dished out 11 assists. Most impressive about Ellis' approach is that he didn't force anything on offense. The Clippers game plan was to limit Ellis as a scorer by double teams and zone defense. Ellis only attempted 12 shots, but he made six, three of those makes were beyond the arc. Ellis should be applauded for smart, selfless play in that he found the hot hand in Dorell Wright and found his low post players under the rim for high percentage shots. A+ for Monta.

The Warriors defense held the Clippers to 38 percent from the field. The Warriors let the Clippers come back in the end of the first quarter on a 12-0 run, fueled by the absence of Andris Biedrins in the low post and sloppy turnovers. The third quarter was the turning point, as the W's went on a 21-2 run to begin a boat race. Overall, the Warriors made quick rotations on help defense and David Lee did a great job limiting the explosive Blake Griffin. The Warriors still need to limit personal fouls, as they committed 25 to LA's 16. Foul trouble will be the Warriors' demise against a savvy veteran club like the Lakers.

The Warriors out-rebounded the Clippers 46-40, and grabbed 37 on the defensive side of the floor. This improvement is still sinking in for Warriors fans who have long suffered watching shrimpy Warriors teams get man handled on the boards. Isn't it amazing how important rebounding is to winning? It doesn't matter if you play great defense. If a team fails to collect the board, it's back breaking. The Warriors new commitment to attack the glass is the main reason why this club finds itself 2-0. The rebounding department will get a big shot in the arm when Louis Amundson and Epke Udoh get healthy. With physical players like that on the floor, I think Baron Davis will think twice before clubbing Stephen Curry like he did.

The Warriors held the Clippers under 100. The Don Nelson era is officially over!
Of Note: Steph Curry re-injured his right ankle in the third quarter. Curry stepped awkwardly on Blake Griffin's foot as the big man set a high screen for Eric Gordon. Curry writhed in pain on the floor, but walked to the training room unassisted. It is undetermined at this point if Curry will play against the Lakers at LA on Sunday Oct. 31.

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