Hello All-Star Break. It could not come at a better time for the Warriors who seem to be all out of sorts over the past 5 games. They dropped another game to the Rockets, a game where they never really seemed be able to get over the hump. The Rockets seemed confident from halftime on as it became mostly the Chandler Parsons’ show. He took over the game after James Harden rolled his ankle midway through the third quarter. Parsons has 21 points to go along with 9 assists (you read that right) and 8 boards. He seemed to be all over the court on offense with backdoor cuts/dunks and corner threes while disrupting the Dubs by deflecting passes and contesting everything on the defensive end. Harden to return to the game following his ankle roll and finished with 27 points. For it being Asian Heritage Night, Jeremy Lin did not really show up with 14 points on 3 for 11 shooting in his homecoming.
For the Dubs, early foul trouble limited a lot of the starters’ minutes. They were led by Steph Curry with 27 points. For the lone All-Star, David Lee struggled to find his range in the lane with his patented hooks and other ambidextrous junk in the lane finishing 2 for 9 fgs with 10 rebounds. Jarrett Jack made his return after missing the last three games with 22 points off the bench. Other than that, the bench was rather silent as Jefferson, Landry and Draymond Green combined for 9 points (7 from Green).
The defense and rebounding has gone into hiding over the current slide for the Dubs. In addition, you do not win many games where you go five minutes in the fourth quarter without a field goal. For all the celebrating for Blake Griffin airballs early on in the season, the Warriors bench has not had anything to cheer about over this current stretch. Maybe its the schedule. Maybe its the rotation being adjusted with Bogut. Maybe its the fact the Dubs missed Bob Fitzgerald calling games. Ok, probably not the last one, but it makes you wonder what is ailing the Warriors. They just seem sluggish and not as engaged on both ends of the floor as they did early in the season. Hopefully, the break will rejuvenate what has been a good first for the Dubs but the results over the past five games is a little worrisome for fans who have starting buying into the hype.
Turning Point: Back to back dunks by Marcus Morris of all people extinguished any hopes of a Dubs’ comeback as the momentum swung firmly to the Rockets in the fourth quarter for good.
Going Forward: Find your swag. Refocus. Watch the All-Star Weekend festivities. Watch tape of the first 25 games. Get back to work.