The Warriors have a respectable three game winning streak against three Western conference playoff teams, the latest against the champs...the dreaded Lakers. The game started with an ominous feel for the Warriors as LA opened with a 10-0 run. The Warriors overcame offensive trouble with hard-nosed, energetic defense to keep themselves in the game until the offense picked up.
In the middle of the Warriors energy was David Lee, who has been playing out of his mind lately. Lee is the Warriors emotional leader. He challenges his team mates and exhorts them to pick up the intensity when needed. Lee sets a tone of high intensity that has been contagious and put on a rebounding clinic. Lee went for 22 points and 17 rebounds against the Lakers, to follow up his 29, 20 game in Portland Apr. 5. David's intense personality is similar to Kevin Garnett's, although not as ornery. Their games are different, but both players are not only skilled, but set an example of hard work on the floor.
The Warriors have also shown more confidence in the pick and roll game, using Lee as the finisher as well as Lou Amundson. With the chemistry built this year, I expect the Warriors to use the pick and roll as the go-to play in half court (other than give Monta the ball and go away).
In regard to Lou Amundson, I hope Andris Biedrins is taking notes. Amundson struggled shooting free throws this season, but never stopped attacking the rim. Now Lou has regained his free throw stroke. If Biedrins had Amundson's heart, he'd be Tyson Chandler.
In each of the past three wins, the Warriors have looked like a fearless David in the face of Goliath opponents. They have played with aggression the entire game, rather than play to "not lose." The Warriors showed focus when executing plays as if the other team is not on the court and it's just like practice. This is the kind of demeanor that has been on display all season in San Antonio, Boston, Chicago, and the like.
This strong finish gives Warriors fans reason to believe this team will be better next season, especially with a bolstered bench.
Warriors Record Dorell Wright surpassed Jason Richardson's record for three point makes in a single season set in 2005. Wright now holds that mark with 184.