It was quietly kept, but the Golden State Warriors came out as big winners at the trade deadline by acquiring point guard Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors didn’t have to give up much in trading away MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore for a very solid player with an expiring contract at the end of the season. Blake is a defensive-rugged guard that will surely boost the Warriors’ depth on the bench and help shoulder the point guard responsibilities with Stephen Curry.
The 10-year veteran from Maryland is averaging a shade under 10 points this season and brings the needed toughness that the Warriors have been missing all year. Blake is going to be a crucial piece when the playoffs begin because he thrives in the half court set and grind-it-out style of play in the playoffs. He’s also ultra competitive and a huge reason Kobe Bryant was upset in losing a comrade that will battle fiercely every night he hits the court:
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 20, 2014
Bryant’s sentiments should speak high volumes for the type of player the Warriors received and the impact Blake will have on the team this season. Once Blake gets settled with the team, expect him to become the X-factor that will help the Warriors close out games and become a defensive stopper that can match up well against a lot of the elite guards in the Western Conference.