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Game 57 rewind: Warriors feeling good after beating Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — This could be the start of the Warriors threatening to make a major move up the standings.

They’ve run in place at times. Busted a tire with some losses that shouldn’t have happened of late at home. But now at this stage in the season, the Warriors are 13 games over .500 and looking for more after a 104-96 win at The Palace.

There are positive vibes you sense when a locker room is going well. Andrew Bogut is back. The bench players are contributing. Jermaine O’Neal is playing like an All-Star.

“It’s a great win to kick off the six-game road trip,” O’Neal said.

Take away LeBron James’ devastating game-winning shot before the All-Star break, and this would have been six-game winning streak for Golden State as it looks to solidify its playoff position. The Warriors’ defense has won some of those on nights when Curry hasn’t had to score 30.

Steve Blake has shown he can contribute to the Warriors, hitting big shots and providing a dependable ball handler. And meanwhile, it’s apparent Jordan Crawford has been motivated after Blake’s arrival.

“I know if we come in and help the first unit, we have a good chance to win,” Crawford said.

From whomever is in Mark Jackson’s patchwork starting lineup given the injuries of late to the subs who combined to score 42 against Detroit, guys are feeling good about themselves as they should.

Diamond Leung

  • Howard Benner

    Looking from afar bazemore had 32 points combined his first two games as a Faker. He has been playing SG so he hasn’t had to worry about ballhandling & initiating the offense.

    However, Blake provides handles, distribution skills, leadership & toughness to the second unit. Then he can mix & match as the W’s go small & Steph moves over to the 2 guard. . .if he, O’Neil & Green can add their combined toughness, frit & “glue guy” skill set to the W’s. . .

  • Stan

    Why did you have to mention the Heat game? another Lisinopril….

  • Howard Benner

    Bazemore goes for another 23 as a starting wing for the Fakers. Jackson miscast him as a PG; one more reason he might not be back next year. what if he played Bazemore @ the backup 2 & told him to concentrate on defense, getting out on the break & just “do his thing?”

    It’s obvious Jackson didn’t realize what Bazemore’s skill set is. He is too mechanical & afraid to make mistakes @ the point; when he is allowed to let the game come to him he can be an offensive & defensive playmaker. . .

  • BAFan

    Sounds like the Bazemore/Blake trade was a win-win. Baze wasn’t going to get time at SG and clearly he wasn’t the PG we needed. We got that in Blake and Baze gets playing time where he can shine.

  • Stan

    I didn’t see much in Bazemore. So,its hard to miss what I never saw. Lin? I saw hard charging,learning fast guy. Blake’s age? He’s like O’Neal..for today,not the future.
    Time will tell. Look at Monta. Not missed here..but Milwaukee sank like a rock.