By Marcus Thompson
Sunday, October 7th, 2012 at 10:24 pm in Uncategorized.
The Warriors dominated the Los Angeles Lakers 110-83.
Ok, they didn’t dominate against the Lakers starters. Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace were all on the bench for the Warriors’ second half surge — courtesy of a 35-0 run. But still, the Warriors, who trailed by seven at the half, found a lot positive to hang their hats on Sunday.
Here are some news and notes from Fresno.
Harrison Barnes. He finished with 13 points on 5 of 11 shooting. But what was impressive was how he got his buckets, by finishing difficult shots with some strength.
One play signified the kind of night he had. Posting up Kobe Bryant one-on-one, Barnes turned towards the middle for a pull-up. He powered through Kobe’s slap of his wrist and still got the shot off, dropping it in for a 3-point play.
But more important for coach Mark Jackson, Barnes was active.
“When he competes like that on the defensive end,” Jackson said. “There is no question he can score. But he plays with an edge. He gets after it defensively.”
It seems Jackson is going to have a hard time keeping Barnes off the floor.
Kent Bazemore. You could see the eyes of GM Bob Myers light up. Bazemore drove hard left, stepped back with a slick dribbled and smoothly nailed the pull-up jumper. That was after he easily drove to the basket twice.
Sure, the game was decided and it was against players who won’t see much action. But Bazemore showed some stuff.
“I’ve got a little something,” he said with a smile. “But that’s not my role.”
Charles Jenkins. Really, seven assists in fewer than 15 minutes is pretty impressive.
The NOT-SO IMPRESSIVE
Andris Biedrins. He played 11 minutes, totaling 4 fouls and zero rebounds, missing his only shot. It just doesn’t look like much is different with Biedrins. This was a game he should’ve been able to do something in. He was only going up against Robert Sacre, who is no Dwight Howard.
Jarrett Jack. He had five assists in 27 minutes, starting place of Stephen Curry. But he had a hard time keeping up with Steve Nash early on. It certainly wasn’t the defensive prowess you expect from Jack.
Jack said he’s getting his legs under him. A foot injury this offseason slowed his offseason training. He said he’ll be fine. He’s a pro. No reason to expect otherwise.
35-0 run. Since 2000, the longest regular-season run came Dec. 6, 2009. Cleveland ran off 29 straight against the Milwaukee Bucks.
“I remember that,” Andrew Bogut said. “That’s when they had Shaq.”
Jefferson, bringing veteran perspective to the mix, accurately pointed out a 35-0 run against the Lakers’ reserves in the preseason doesn’t matter. He cited the second-half defensive intensity as the real positive of the night.
Jackson, though, was pretty impressed with the Warriors’ jaw-dropping run.
“I don’t care who’s on the floor,” he said, “that’s awfully impressive.”
Klay Thompson. He started out the game in full attack mode. He put his head down and got all the way to the rim three straight times in the first quarter, against Kobe.
Eventually, he began stroking it from outside, knocking down 4 of 6 3-pointers for 18 points. But his aggression driving the ball is something he’s been working on all offseason. He’s clearly better at it.
Carl Landry. He took 10 shots and 4 free throws in 15 minutes, 45 seconds. The guy is instant offense.