Two games, back to back, and one win. One first win for rookie head coach, Mark Jackson. And it came at the expense at Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. Both teams were lucky enough to be selected to play on Christmas day. While Chicago stunned the Lakers in a win, the Warriors were blown out by the Clippers.
Last night was a great way to open up the NBA season. First, it was Christmas. Merry Christmas everybody. I hope everyone was good this year and go whatever they wanted from whomever. Obviously, the second gift for NBA fans and basketball fans is that basketball is back and back with vengeance. Five games to start the season on national TV and the nightcap was the Warriors and the new looked Clippers.
Monta Ellis finished with 15 points and 8 assists after the death of his grandmother earlier in the day. David Lee came out to play and chipped in with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Stephen Curry, who was a game day decision, shot 2 for 12 and only had four points. Every time the Warriors made a run or cut the lead down close, the Clippers had an answer. While it was a picture perfect game for the Clippers, they managed to beat the Warriors 105-86. But while the Warriors could be disappointed in their disappearing act in the fourth quarter, they didn’t have to dwell on the negative as they played the Bulls tonight in the first of many back to backs.
The Bulls were coming off an impressive victory against the Lakers, opening night. And the tiredness showed. Derrick Rose had a horrible game, finishing with only 13 points. The Warriors, however, had their superstars come out to play. After only scoring four points the previous night, Curry bursted out with 21 points and 10 assists. Fellow battery-mate, Ellis had 26 points of his own. David Lee followed up his previous night’s performance with another 20-point game finishing with 22 points and seven rebounds. The Bulls trailed as much as 19 points before a late surge pulling them within five points. A couple of free throws later and the Warriors got their first win of the season.