The Golden State Warriors lost 104-95 to the Los Angeles Lakers in their first preseason outing of the 2013-14 season. The loss was marked by impressive performances from the bench on both sides. Klay Thompson scored 26 points on 61 percent shooting from the field, making 11 of his 18 attempts, with two of them coming from beyond the arc.
Thompson displayed a growing game, not one just limited to stroking threes and playing D. He was able to finish at the rim in traffic, something that was considered a weak point for the Washington State University product. The rest of his statline was a little bare, as he just grabbed one board and one steal, yet he seemed as though the third-year player was ready to breakthrough from role player to all-around swingman.
Xavier Henry on the Lakers started the game on the bench and ended it on Cloud 9. He scored 29 points on 60 percent shooting, making 9 of his 15 attempts. His final statline of seven rebounds, two steals, and 29 points was the best of the game.
The biggest headline coming into the game was that Coach Mark Jackson had decided to start Harrison Barnes over Thompson in the lineup and it seemed as though that decision added a little fire under the feet of the swingman while the now-sophomore crumbled under the pressure. Barnes posted 10 points on a dismal 3 of 14 performance. Despite his poor scoring, the Black Falcon managed to grab seven boards, dish three dimes, and grab two steals.
Unfortunately, Barnes wasn’t the only Warrior who couldn’t find their shot. Stephen Curry made only two of his six attempts, missing all four of his three-point attempts and only posted five points in the game. The only highlight of Steph’s performance was his dunk, something Warriors’ fans weren’t used to seeing.
In his first game in blue and gold, Andre Iguodala put together a pretty statline. Dre put up 15 points on six of even attempts, missing just one three-point attempt. He racked up three boards, one assist, and two steals. His highlight was a put-back dunk off a missed Barnes’ layup. Overall, it was a solid performance and definitely one that he would have wanted as his Warriors’ debut.
Losing is never a good feeling, especially to a team whose best players did not touch the ball, but it’s better to lose in the preseason than the regular season. Hopefully the Warriors make the necessary adjustment before their next game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday.