There were three things that enabled the champs to splash. Anew
After a surprising loss to the Detroit Pistons, Stephen Curry and rest of the defending champions, Golden State Warriors quickly went back to work against the Los Angeles Clippers who are enjoying some sort of success during the early goings of the season despite losing former star point guard, Chris Paul who is now with the Houston Rockets but is currently injured.
Yesterday (Manila time), the Warriors started out splashing through in the first quarter and never looked back as they scored the highest number of points any team has scored this season, so far, en route to a 141-113 victory at Staples Center.
While GSW fans have grown accustomed to this kind of dominance by their team, this is different considering the mere fact that they've already dropped 3 games to open the regular season and that's huge for a team that is loaded with stars, primarily heavy scorers. Now, speaking of scorers, let's check the numbers that enabled GSW's super scorers to run away from the Clippers:
Yep, folks. As mentioned above, that's the highest score any team has scored this season and it's not surprising at all that the Warriors were the ones who able to do it considering that they are averaging 121 points per game- the best in the NBA.
4 of the 5 starters of Steve Kerr finished in double figures led by Curry who had 31 points who shot 7 of 11 from the three-point line, Kevin Durant had 19 while Draymond Green added 16 points to go along with his 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Klay Thompson, despite missing 3 of his 4 attempts from deep, scored 15. That's 81 points from 4 players alone, folks. Keep in mind that every player Steve Kerr had sent against the Clippers had scored at least, 3 points. Now that's how you dominate.
Attacking the Paint= 64 Points
Sure, the Warriors attempted 29 shots from rainbow distance, making 14 of those shots. But that doesn't mean they don't know how to attack the shaded area because we all know and we all have witnessed them demolish defenders when they are attacking the paint.
Against the Clippers, the Warriors scored 64 points in the paint, alone- a far cry to what Los Angeles managed which is 40 points.
See? The Warriors have both an inside and an outside offense which makes them a scary team to play against despite their 5-3 record heading into their next game against the free-falling San Antonio Spurs.
58% Field Goal Shooting= Efficiency
If there's one thing that the Warriors can perfectly do even during their sleep, it's taking shots that have a high probability of hitting their targets. Sure, they shot 57% in the field against Detroit and yet they lost. Why? They only shot 37% from deep.
Against the Clippers, they made 58% of their 89 attempts. And they shot 48% from outside. Result= a big win.
The Clippers are still among the dark horses who can dethrone the Warriors come playoff time and yes, they will definitely get better after receiving such a heavy pounding from the champions.
For the Warriors on the other hand, a win on Friday against the Spurs- regardless if Kawhi Leonard finally plays or not, will send a message to the rest of the NBA that GSW is still very much capable of demolishing any team, at any given court, on any given schedule and if that 141 points that they've produced against Los Angeles don't worry you, then you are doomed.
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