@ Charlotte (L) 112-100
@ Detroit (w) 99-91
First two games of a four game road trip is done. The record. A do-able 1-1. A convincing win against the Pistons and a poor showing against the Bobcats. With a team that is somewhat reliant on the 3pt game, it is difficult to win when you shoot 20 threes and only make five, while the other team shoots 13 and makes seven. Statistically, the Warriors dominated almost every category including 25 fast break points and eight steals. But they gave up 38 points in the first quarter and did not take advantage of the height differential. David Lee continues his impressive complimentary role, scoring 24 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Monta Ellis only had 18 points on a dismal 6-26 from the field and 1-4 behind the arc. He also did dish out 6 assists. It seems that Dorell Wright finally has the lightbulb fixed and contributed with 12 points but not much else. Again, Nate Robinson continues to carry the offensive load from the bench, this time scoring 12 points.
The Warriors did not look like they were ready for the game and it showed as the first quarter was dominated by the Bobcats. The lead ballooned up to 22 points but the Warriors chipped at the lead and fought their way back to a six point deficit. But lack of focus and determination by the Bobcats, they managed to erase the comeback effort and grew the lead back up to 10, sealing the deal.
The second game of the back to back was a trip to Detroit. Like the Warriors, the Pistons have been floundering and only managed to snap their six game losing streak to the Bobcats, who just defeated the Warriors the night earlier. With a chip on their shoulder, the Warriors looked in control both sides of the court. Again, David Lee led the charge. His streak of doubles doubles was halted at six games. But he dominated inside the paint, scoring 17 of his 24 points in the first half, while collected six rebounds. And when they needed some scoring punch in the second half, Monta Ellis awoke from his slumber and shouldered the responsibility. Ellis finished the night with 22 points and seven assists. Dorell Wright continues to fill his complimentary role rather well scoring 11 points and collecting 11 boards. From the bench, Brandon Rush, Nate Robinson and Ekpe Udoh gave contributing efforts with 12, 10, 10 points respectively. Shooting 50% from the field certainly helped for the cause as the Warriors only shot 20% from behind the arc. But their defense showed up, virtually outscoring the Pistons in nearly every quarter but the second.
There is a rumor that Stephen Curry may be back on Tuesday. But I wouldn’t read into too much as it is a rumor. Also, it won’t help that fact that last time Curry had this much rest, he just sprained it again, twice. It will take more than rest to help him get back on his feet and be comfortable on how he moves again.
The Warriors conclude this road trip with a stop in Cleveland and New Jersey before coming home.