Tuesday night you could say that the Golden State Warriors’ offense looked much like the Denver Broncos’ offense in the Superbowl last Sunday (awful). During Tuesday nights match-up vs the Charlotte Bobcats the Warriors offense came out flat (and that’s putting it mildly), being that the game was in Oracle Arena, it was surprising to see the Warriors shoot that poorly in front of home fans, they shot a lowly 31% as a team, and they shot 4-20 from 3 point land, the team ended up scoring just 75 points in the shocking loss to the Bobcats.
As a jump shooting dominant team you’d expect some nights were the jump shot isn’t going but nobody would suspect they would have shot the ball that badly if one of those nights did happen, and well…it did.
Thursday nights match-up vs the Chicago Bulls however was a different story, as the Warriors offense came to life, even without the services of David Lee and Andrew Bogut. After being down by as many as 15 in the first quarter, Stephen Curry like he often does, took it upon himself to lift the team, scoring 16 points in the second quarter and Warriors were able to grab 50-46 at halftime after being down 29–16 at the end of the first quarter.
Curry dazzled fans once again as he went for 34 points (13-19 from the field) and 9 assists, and Klay Thompson who had struggled very mightily the last 5 games (shooting 29%), finally broke out of his slump, going 8-16 from the field and canning 3 three pointers, as the Warriors opened up a double digit lead of their own in the 2nd half and ended up with a 102-87 victory.
Now the Warriors are faced with another task tonight as they face one of the more pleasant surprises in the NBA to date, and a division opponent to boot, the Phoenix Suns.
Before the season many people (including myself) thought the Phoenix Suns (29-20) would be one of the front-runners for the 2014 draft class sweepstakes, but Phoenix’s new rookie head coach Jeff Hornacek (my pick for coach of the year) has made the most out the Suns roster, he has got them playing fast and playing with all-out effort, Goran Dragic is playing at an all-star level (didn’t make the all-star game due to the depth of the Western Conference) and the bench (led by the Morris twins) for the Suns has been playing past expectations and Gerald Green has been having a career year, not to mention their best player, Eric Bledsoe, has been out due to a knee injury.
So far both teams have split the season series at a game a piece, both teams are fast paced jump shooting teams and the match-up should be entertaining to say the least but the lately question is always one thing, which Warriors team will show up? It seems like lately a different Warriors team steps out the court every game, the team who can’t stop anybody, the team that comes out flat offensively, or the team that many people projected them to be, which is an elite ball club.
The Warriors need to get some momentum going into the all-star break.