With their 100-93 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors are only one game behind the fifth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference.
But while that is a positive coming from their win over the Grizzlies, a few more negatives came out of it.
For starters, Andrew Bogut is hurt. The Australian center left in the first quarter a mere four minutes into the game with a pelvis contusion. Right now he is day-to-day but he is yet to take a MRI and will get re-examined this weekend. Because there are only 10 games remaining in the Warriors season, any possible long-term injury to Bogut could be detrimental to the Warriors playoff success. Last postseason, when the Warriors lost David Lee to a hip flexor injury, they were still able to be successful thanks to solid interior defense led by Andrew Bogut and the contributions of Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green. But if the Warriors were to lose Bogut, their defense would take a major step back and the 2013-14 Warriors only hope of advancing would be by winning games 125-1115.
Friday night was just the latest example of Harrison Barnes’s disappointing season. Barnes played a mere 18 minutes and shot 2-of-7 from the field for just four points. Barnes also only hauled in one rebound and dished out two assists. He can’t wait for the month of April as this March has been by far the worst month of his career.
But Barnes’ struggles also coincide with the continued emergence of Draymond Green. Green played 32 minutes and was 5-of-11 from the field for 12 points. He was also one rebound short of a double-double and when on the field the Dubs had a plus minus of plus 10. Green versatility continues to be an advantage for the Warriors as his unique ability to guard shooting guards and power forwards allows the Warriors to play either big or small lineups.
Green has played more minutes than Barnes in three of the Warriors last four games and looks to have drastically cut into Barnes’ minutes. While the Warriors defeated the Grizzlies Friday night, the possible effects of the win may actually come back to bite the Dubs.