Andre Iguodala is fitting in perfectly with his new team. It helps when you make buzzer beating shots against fellow contending teams like the one last Thursday night against the Thunder. After Westbrook hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining, Iguodala answered with this baseline fadeaway for the win to cap off the most entertaining NBA game of the season thus far.
Jermaine O’Neal seems to resist rushing the court to avoid further injury (I just assume he is always hurt)
Iguodala provides this team balance, averaging 14/5/4 and 2 steals a game. He also leads the league in adjusted field goal percentage, shooting 52% from behind the arc, and gives the Warriors a perimeter defender the team lacks otherwise.
Since a quick injury scare to Stephen Curry and two straight losses on the road to San Antonio and Memphis, Curry and the Warriors have rebounded by winning four straight. Golden State is a perfect 5-0 at home, winning by an average of 15 points.
Through 11 games, the 8-3 Warriors are led by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, who are averaging 20 ppg a piece and are the top two in the NBA in 3-point FGs made. Golden State’s official Twitter account likes to refer to them as the Splash Brothers…a lot. We can do better than that. Any suggestions?
Harrison Barnes has returned from his toe injury and gives the Warriors a much needed spark off the bench. Minus his 10 ppg, the bench has struggled to score. Great glue guys like Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are more than capable of solid minutes, but thus far haven’t produced enough scoring to keep the pressure off the starters.
Golden State has struggled against the Grizzlies as of late, losing a staggering 10 straight to the Griz, including a 90-108 defeat earlier this season. One concern for the Warriors going forward is their inability to handle athletic guards and physical teams, on both ends of the court. Point guards Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and Mike Conley have had their way attacking the basket against Curry and the Warriors. Offensively, physical defenders like Tony Allen of the Grizzlies can frustrate Thompson. Memphis also outscored Golden State 54-18 in the paint in the last matchup. Golden State will look to correct these issues and put an end to that streak Wednesday when the Grizzlies come to ORACLE Arena.
If you aren’t excited about the Warriors yet, this should help.
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(Stats from Espn.com and nba.com/warriors)