For the first time in three and a half weeks, the Golden State Warriors She has a winning streak. thanks for the One of their best offensive performances this seasonDubs beat Toronto Raptors 129-117 to win their second straight game, climbing above . 500 again.
It was a remarkably encouraging and entertaining game, and now it’s time to take stock. As always, the scores are based on my expectations for each player, with the “B” representing the average performance of any given player.
Note: The true shooting percentage (TS) is a measure of scoring efficiency that accounts for threes and free throws. Going into Friday’s game, the average TS value in the league is 57.9%.
33 minutes, 5 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 turnovers, 1 foul, 2-for-4 shooting, 0-for-1 three-pointers, 1-for-2 free throws, 51.2% TS, +4
One of the things I was looking for in this game was for Green to take care of the ball. The Dubs were really terrible in the spinning department in their last game, and they needed Dray to set the tone at that point in the game.
It’s safe to say he did just that. He had seven assists but it felt like 20, and was a spur behind the Warriors’ 40 assists on the season. And only turnover at that time? Oh yes.
It wasn’t Golden State’s best defensive performance, but it wasn’t the reason for it. Very powerful game.
24 minutes, 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 fouls, 6-for-7 shooting, 0-for-2 free throws, 76.1% TS, +12
Looney is back in the starting lineup, and his stats are impressive. Bugs were, unfortunately, a big problem. He hit three before half-time, and Steve Kerr trusted him to stay grounded and not pick up his fourth before half-time. He didn’t reward that confidence, and as a result, he didn’t start the second half due to a bad problem. Foul in the fourth quarter.
But against a massive Toronto team, Looney did a solid job of keeping Dubs on the glass, and being an inside presence on both sides of the ball.
Post-game reward: Tied to lead the team in rebounds.
39 minutes, 35 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, 1 fumble, 13-for-21 shooting, 4-for-8 on shots, 5-for-5 free throws, 75.4% TS, +13
after a day He is named an All-Star starter For the ninth time in his career, Curry reminded the world why. Just an absolute master. With Nick Nurse’s defense trying to keep Curry off the three-point line, Chef was more than happy to beat Toronto in other ways. Cutting back into oblivion in the first quarter, the Raptors used his three-ball threat to beat the defense to the edge. He worked his way up to 20 points while attempting only two long range shots.
Eventually Toronto started trying to take Edge off, then Curry backed away and reminded them why they were trying to eliminate all three in the first place.
And along the way he made 11 assists, almost all of which showed how well he saw the game.
Post-game reward: He led the team in points and tied for the team lead in assists.
38 minutes, 29 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 11-for-24 shooting, 6-for-14 three, 1-for-1 free throws, 59.3% TS, +6
While the Raptors worried about keeping Curry off the three-point line, the other Splash Brother kept finding ways to open up for deep shots, while also getting his fair share of backhand cuts.
And with Andrew Wiggins missing his second consecutive game due to a non-Covid illness, Thompson stepped up in a big way on the glass, helping the Dubs only lose the rebound fight by a three board, despite being undersized.
Watch out, world: The otherworldly Splash Brother is officially back. Over the past few weeks, Thompson has looked as if before his ACL and Achilles tendon injuries.
Post-game reward: Tied to lead the team in rebounds.
24 minutes, 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 turnovers, 4 fouls, 4-for-8, 1-for-3, 56.3% TS, -13
For an extended period early in the second quarter, the Warriors were falling apart. Paul then saved them with a series of big plays.
But other than those few minutes, he had a really bad game in just about every area.
Post-game reward: The worst plus / minus in the team.
23 minutes, 15 points, 2 assists, 1 block, 2 turnover, 3 fouls, 5-on-7 shooting, 4-on-6 triples, 1-on-2 free throws, 95.2% TS, +9
Even in games like this, where six of Kuminga’s seven shots are outside the arc, his improved patience on offense is on full display. He’s aggressive, he’s smart, and he’s waiting for the right play to develop… In this case, the right play happened to be some open threes (a few were in the corner, which is great to see), and he happened to drain them.
Going 23 minutes without rebound is a bit unforgivable, though it was a lot more active on the mug than a donut might suggest.
There’s no way around it: Kuminga has become a staple of the bench rotation, and the Warriors are even better for it.
16 minutes, 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 foul, 3-for-5 shooting, 1-for-3, free throws 3-for-3, 79.1% TS, -1
Green seems to be Public Enemy No. 1 with people in The golden state of mind Comments SectionBut I dunno… games like this make him feel like a very important part of the team!
11 min, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1-for-4 shooting, 0-for-3 three-pointers, 25.0% TS, +6
Kuminga’s appearance certainly made Lamb’s role a lot smaller. For a while it felt like a lock until his contract was converted, but a healthy Wiggins and Cumminga make Lamb a little less important, and if the Warriors can get anything from Andre Iguodala or Musa Moody, we could see Lamb finish the season on a two-way contract.
I love scrolling this one, but it didn’t do much.
33 minutes, 12 points, 3 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 5-for-10 shooting, 2-for-5 triples, 60.0% TS, +24
It’s hard to believe that a large portion of the fanbase has been so low on this signing for a while. Where would the Warriors be without Divincenzo?
DDV has become the most trusted player out of the starting line-up…even more than Poole, I would argue. He hit a career high in this game, while having only one turnover. However, perhaps his finest moment was when the broadcast showed him benched, raised the mic, and coached by James Wiseman.
I don’t know how the Warriors can keep him after this year, but damn… I sure hope they can find a way.
Post-game reward: Tied for the team lead in assists, and led the team in plus/minus.
DNP for Friday: James Wiseman
idle on friday: Patrick Baldwin Jr., Andre Iguodala, Ty Jerome, Moses Moody, Ryan Rollins, Andrew Wiggins