On Wednesday night in an overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Warriors, without Stephen Curry for the second time this season, played an offensive style of basketball that was far more like their opponents’ than their own.
The Warriors most frequent offensive play on was not the pick-and-roll, nor was it was not a series of spot-ups and shots off screens, but rather nearly 20 percent of the Warriors’ offensive plays last night were post-ups.
Golden State was 8-of-17 on such shots for a total of 47.1 percent. Andrew Bogut got a chance to showcase some of his offensive acumen, shooting 6-of-8 from the field for 75 percent.
David Lee was also far more involved on the offensive end of the floor. Lee shot 9-of-17 to couple with eight rebounds but struggled defensively. Lee also received far more touches than usual 30.8 average as a result of Curry’s absence.
The Warriors featured Lee and Bogut last night in a grind it out style of offense. In the photo above, Andre Iguodala dribbled the ball up the floor and fed Lee in the post. Lee then took two dribbles and made a running hook shot in the lane.
With Curry out, Iguodala was forced to take most of the point guard duties. Iguodala did a superb job feeding his teammates and getting them involved. Iguodala finished with 14 assists, which was only three assists shy of the entire Grizzlies team. Iguodala’s scoring, though, was sacrificed as a result. He finished with only seven points on a dismal 3-of-14 shooting performance.
One of the most positive signs from Wednesday night’s loss was the solid play of second year small forward Harrison Barnes. After missing the beginning of the season due to injury, Barnes played his most complete game of the season finishing with 16 points, five assists and eight rebounds in 49 minutes of action.
Barnes frequently went to the post as well. For the entire season, almost 25 percent of Barnes’ shots come from the post. Barnes’ most efficient offensive weapon this year, however, has been his spot-up jumper. Barnes is shooting 70 percent on spot-up jumpers and came out firing on Wednesday night. Barnes took four spot-up jumpers in the first quarter alone coupled with five post-up shots.
If all goes well tomorrow, then Curry will return to action against the Los Angeles Lakers. Curry participated in a light on Thursday, but only in non-contact drills. If Curry is symptom-free as of Friday morning, then he must pass the next part of the concussion protocol by participating in Friday morning’s shootaround in some contact drills such as three-on-three action.
If Curry does return, then look for the Warriors offense to feature far more transition 3′s then post-up hook shots.