Grading the Golden State Warriors In Game 1 Loss To Denver Nuggets

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Bench: C

Mark Jackson played four bench players and with the exception of Jarrett Jack and a little Carl Landry, nobody really played too well.

Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack (2) is fouled by Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos (41) during the second half of game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won97-95. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Jarrett Jack ended up being two rebounds shy of a triple-double, as he posted 10 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds. He was able to run the point nicely when Curry was either on the bench or playing off the ball, and he set his teammates up for some nice looks.

Landry scored 14 points to along with five rebounds, but his performance will be (and should be) plagued by his repetitive missed mid-range jumpers, shots that he normally always knocks down. He made some key buckets down the stretch, including back-to-back layups during Golden State’s quick 7-0 fourth quarter run, and should be credited at least a little bit for that.

Draymond Green and Festus Ezeli combined for three points and five rebounds on the night and failed to make much of a contribution. Aside from the numbers, Green allowed Miller to sneak past him for the game-winning layup late in the game, a play that sunk the hearts of every single Golden State Warriors fan.

But to be fair, Green also deserves a ton of credit for forcing himself onto the veteran for the last possession, as Miller was hitting everything from all over the court, and Green wanted to guard him. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the result that the Warriors wanted but credit the rookie for wanting to go one-on-one with the 37-year-old veteran.

The Warriors sure lost a heart breaker tonight in Denver, but they will look to even the series Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.