In front of an NBA record crowd of 68,323, the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry dominated the San Antonio Spurs 144-113 to start their five-game road trip off strong. The Spurs had the weakest defense in basketball going into the game on Friday. It goes without saying that Golden State will have considerably tougher opposition on their path to returning as champions, even before the postseason gets underway in April. But it’s still encouraging to see the Warriors return to their offensive strengths given how plagued by sickness and injuries they’ve been lately.
Defensively, San Antonio had no answer for Golden State. The Spurs’ inexperience was on full display from the first tip. When Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were actively involved in the offensive efforts of the Warriors, it was most clearly and frequently the case that they caused fear and uncertainty in the thoughts of the Spurs defenders.
San Antonio consistently sent two defenders to the ball in an effort to prevent the Splash Brothers from having space to unleash catching off screens. Thompson was prepared for it right away as shown by the silky passes to Kevon Looney on the roll for a pair of dunks after luring Jakob Poeltl to the sidelines. Looney, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala aren’t the only Warriors who can be playmakers from the post in split situations now that Curry is back. Of course, with all the emphasis on Curry, Andrew Wiggins and Donte DiVincenczo had an easy time passing and making decisions.
Warriors are a whole different beast with Stephen Curry
With a victory over the San Antonio Spurs on the road on Friday, the Golden State Warriors returned to .500. Eight of the ten Warriors who entered the game scored at least 12 points. Jordan Poole leads the way with 25 points. Off the bench, Donte DiVincenzo contributed 22. Curry was out for over a month due to a left shoulder subluxation. He scored 15 points in 23 minutes on 6-of-12 shooting. Curry may score 15 points in only 23 minutes with an efficiency that is much over league average, and yet our initial reaction is to say, “Well, he’s still shaking the rust off,” which is funny. But he really is that talented. The three assists don’t really do justice to how expertly he managed the offense.
The Warriors’ season has been up and down; they entered Friday on a three-game losing streak after winning their previous five games. But for a team that needed some positive momentum, Friday was a stunning offensive effort. Golden State had a lead of up to 39 points and shot 54.5 percent from the field. Post-game, Twitter commended their efforts.
Ishaan Tewari loves the game of basketball. Since the 9th grade, he has played and watched basketball; ever since then, ball has been his life. Stephen Curry is his role model. He enjoys Football, Cricket, and Cars in addition to basketball.
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