Warriors bounced back after loss against Kings, beating the Lakers in an overtime thrilla. Kevin Durant exploded with 29 points. Splash Brothers unleashed a wave as Steph Curry sizzled with 28 points while Klay Thompson with 20 points put Brandon Ingram’s 32 point performance in vain. It was a tough offensive battle, Lonzo Ball dished out 10 assists and 15 points but it was the defending champs that stood tall after a 48 minute plus five more.
Behind this victory, of course it would not be possible without the Warriors’ triple threat who all scored beyond 20 points. But there is something concealed in the shadows of this superstars.
Zaza Pachulia shot a smooth 100% from the field. Not that impressive when it comes to a tiny 11 point production but it is far from his previous bad performances. And just to spice it up, He only played a total of 14 minutes and scored double digits in that short span? That is far from impressive. Zaza showed a huge improvement during the Lakers game.
Pachulia also did a great job in covering the big guys of the opponent. Brook Lopez with 17 minutes of play finished with only 6 points while Bogut barely had a time to play and scored only 2 points. Despite a not so high scoring, still he had the highest production compared to the other big guys.
Zaza may earn extra playing time with this impeccable performance he had shown. He has already done a bit of his part in scoring and it will surely make an even stronger Warriors if he’ll be consistent in the remaining games.
Aside from scoring, he needs to be more focused on rebounding, they have no problem in offense because they have a lot of scorers especially beyond the arc. With his rebounds, outside shooters will be more comfortable to take even the most crucial of shots.