By Marcus Thompson
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 at 9:35 pm in Uncategorized.
Aside from going cold for a stretch and nearly blowing a 31-point lead, and 11-for-19 shooting from the free throw line (57.9 percent) the Warriors played a nearly flawess offensive game. They were shooting 60 percent with one minute remaining. They were 11-for-21 (52.4 percent) from behind the arc, taking smart shots from distance and making them count.
The biggest stat, the one that illustrates how well they followed the game plan, was the 29 assists. What made that total so special was that 16 of them didn’t go to Baron. Stephen Jackson had 8, Monta had 7, Harrington had 3, Foyle and Kelenna had three each. That’s a product of ball movement and unselfishness. That’s the sign of a team not relying on one player to make it happen for everyone. They had 29 fastbreak points and 52 points in the paint, which means they pushed the tempo and they weren’t settling for jumpers.
That’s how the Warriors have to play top have a shot at winning, especially while Baron is out. Of course, they have these type of games here and there. The question is can they do it consistently. Guess we’ll find out after the All-Star break.