If the Golden State Warriors win two out of every three games they play this season then they would finish the year with a total of 55 wins, eight more than their 47 win total last year.
The first three games have had countless ebbs and flows as the Warriors dominated the Los Angeles Lakers, lost a shootout to the Los Angeles Clippers, and cruised by the Sacramento Kings Saturday night.
On Saturday night, the Dubs led by 27 points from Klay Thompson and a 22 point, 12 assist game from Stephen Curry were able to handle a Kings team that had a total of 22 points from its starting five. Coach Mark Jackson played injury-prone center Andrew Bogut a mere 20 minutes in which he accumulated only six points and six rebounds. The Warriors played a lot of small-ball Thursday night as veteran center Jermaine O’Neal missed the game with a right foot contusion.
Klay Thompson played another stellar game tallying 27 points but more importantly gathering seven rebounds. One of Thompson’s flaws is his inability to affect the game in other ways except for scoring. For his career, he averages only 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.
Stephen Curry attained his first double-double of the young season scoring 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting with 12 assist to match. Curry did have seven turnovers, two nights after having eleven against the Clippers in the Warriors 126-115 defeat Thursday evening.
Andre Iguodala did a bit of everything having five points, five assists and six rebounds and did not look for his shot as much as he did against the Clippers earlier in the week. Iggy is able to get his shot when he wants and his versatile game will only add more to the Warriors .
Curry and Thompson rested most of the fourth quarter Saturday night and watched the reserves close out the victory. The Warriors allowed only 59 points through three quarters before giving up 28 in the final period. “Our defense is what won us the game,” shooting guard Klay Thompson said. “Anytime you get a stop, it’s easier to score on the other end.”
The Warriors bench scored only 23 points Saturday night, 21 less than the 44 they scored against the Lakers in their season debut. Bench scoring will be crucial for the Dubs this season and once small forward Harrison Barnes returns from his toe inflammation, the second unit should see a boost.
Barnes participated in Saturday’s morning shootaround and could return as early as Monday night when the Warriors travel to Philadelphia to take on the Sixers.