The rookies are stepping up and carrying the load of the missing veterans. Last game, Thompson matched his career high with 31 points. Against the Blazers, rookie Charles Jenkins carried the Warriors. But unlike Klay, he did not lead the Warriors to a victory, but he still had a good outing. Filling in for Nate Robinson, who is out with a strained hamstring suffered against the Kings, he lead the Warriors charge with 27 points and six assists in 40 minutes of good work. Thompson and David Lee each had 16 points while Lee collected 16 boards to go along with four assists. Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush contributed off the bench with 14 and 10 points each respectively.
The Warriors did not give up an astounding number in the paint but they did lose that battle, 24-12. They also shot 43% from the field and 95% from the free throw line. But they did shoot 10 less free throws and only lost by three. They final won the battle of the boards but they lost out on fast break points, only managing two buckets for four points. The Blazers did no better, as they scored 12 fast break points.
The game was tight and the Warriors even led by three with about six minutes to go. Unfortunately, even with all the trades the Blazers made, they had just too much fire power for the Warriors. Raymond Felton for the Blazers hit four threes, including the one that put the Blazers up ahead for good with about 5 minutes to go.
Stephen Curry sat out for his eighth straight game. He was suppose to get his ankle checked out again this week. Hopefully he will get good news and get cleared to play. However, they shouldn’t rush him as this will help the Warriors in two different ways. One, it will give time for Curry to not only rest that ankle but strengthen it so that he can have better durability. Secondly, and probably the most important reason for this season is that it will help the Warriors continue to tank the season and score the lottery pick. Now management has said that they would try to keep that lottery pick and work out some trade with Utah, as that pick belongs to Utah if the Warriors did not fall in the top 7 lottery, so that they could keep that pick. But if the Warriors continue to tank, then it won’t be an issue.
The Los Angles Lakers visit the Warriors on Tuesday at Oracle. Tip off time is 7:30pm.