Feb 29, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (5) fights for a rebound with Golden State Warriors small forward Dominic McGuire (5) at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Big “W” vs Hawks


Warriors win 85-82 @ Atlanta

I know I’ve been on Darrell Wright for having several big donuts throughout the season. This includes Andris Beidrins. Then, surprise starter (I didn’t put him down for probable starting 5) Dominic McGuire steps in, has no points but plays tremendous defense and here I am praising him. What’s the difference? Well the difference is that McGuire isn’t a regular starter. He’s regulated to the bench for a reason. He is suppose to come in do his job (play great defense) and do it well. Any scoring he provides is just a bonus. When he was inserted into the line-up, the Warriors were looking for extra scoring from him but his main assignment was to stop Joe Johnson. And stop he did. Johnson did get his 18 points, but he had to work for every single one. He shot just 6-17 from the field. McGuire also snagged 15 rebounds in his 36 minute effort.

David Lee continued his normal pace with 22 points and 12 boards, while rumor filled Monta Ellis finished with 24 points and eight assists. Nate Robinson, Ekpe Udoh and Klay Thompson all came off the bench and contributed with 10, 12 and eight points respectively.

The Warriors were playing without Stephen Curry, who only entered in the game for the last three seconds. He is still listed day to day with a strained right tendon. They held the lead until the last 52 seconds when Zaza Pachulia scored a bucket to tie it up 78-78. Lee would drive on Pachulia later to give the Warriors a lead that they did not relinquish. After that, it was a game of free throws as Ellis and Robinson each knocked down a few to keep the lead.

The win was a great turnaround for the Warriors. Usually they win based on their offensive power, but last night, they didn’t have that touch. They only shot 1-12 from behind the arc. But their lack of threes were made up with great field goal shooting (41%) and free throws (94%). They also out-rebounded the Hawks 53-50.