Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 125-94 win against the Chicago Bulls:
1. The Warriors play with chemistry and trust. Those are the qualities of the team that Leandro Barbosa cited when I asked what would give him license to throw up an underhanded lob pass to Andre Iguodala for a dunk. That low-percentage pass might not thrill the coaches, but the Warriors are playing with that much confidence in each other.
2. Steve Kerr likes that the Warriors are moving the ball around as he would have liked. He noted to the team after the win that over the past two games, it had combined for 71 assists and 18 turnovers. “That’s an unbelievable stat,” Andrew Bogut said.
3. The bench has bounced back. It had a rough go in the wakeup-call loss at Detroit, but was in fine form in Chicago. Barbosa gave the Warriors a lift on offense. Andre Iguodala looked spry throwing down an up-and-under dunk. Shaun Livingston was 6-for-8 from the field.
4. The Warriors avoided injury for the most part. Draymond Green passed the NBA’s concussion protocol. Andrew Bogut’s back spasms are a recurring issue and didn’t keep him out of the game long. Stephen Curry was icing his shins, but got right back up after Derrick Rose crashed into him.
5. Harrison Barnes played well. He might not yet be 100 percent after missing so many weeks with a sprained ankle, but he scored points on 8-for-13 shooting, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range. When he’s a threat to score, the Warriors have an embarrassment of riches on offense.