Close Enough To Be Exciting: The 2019-2020 Warriors Story (open thread)

That was a fun game. Here’s a quick summary.

The Other Quick Takes

In-Game Notes

  • Well, this is a season of moral victories and I’m going to take being up 8-6 vs LAL, with GSW running out the post-meteor extinction young mammals plus Wiggins who has only had time to find his locker and eat ten steaks immediately on Kerr’s orders.

  • YOOOO Ky Bowman got hassled disrespectfully by Avery, shook him with a behind the back dribble into an alley-oop Chriss smash

  • YOOOOO Wiggins hit the open corner 3!! My expectations are so low that the most basic NBA plays are getting me pumped

  • Jesus, this is literally Looney and the Santa Cruz Warriors. And the Sea-Dubs are absolutely hanging with the Lakers, who look a bit like The Boulder conflicted about fighting a small child before getting his butt whooped by the Blind Bandit

  • Hahahahaha Smiley going for the Jordan FT dunk and falling about three feet short, but I ABSOLUTELY YELLED OUT WITH JOY at the guts

  • Followed immediately by stuffing Kuzma on a dunk. Smiley definitely on track to being a cult hero

  • OMFG Smiley with Oscar-winning fake call for a dribble pitch, then surprise pivot into a big dunk. Who knew Smiley was such a hot dog

  • Okay, it’s interesting to see how completely lost Norville is in the system. I mean, of course, he’s new. But the other SC Warriors have been running the same system as GSW, so they aren’t lost. ZN is not seeing open cuts and is cutting open and not getting seen. Time should fix this.

  • Despite the lostness, Zach is playing within himself and has canned two open threes, which is a really really weird sight this season. Then he gets a hustle steal, and then gets MJax complaining about him on a drawn foul, so basically, ZACH IS NOW OFFICIALLY A SPLASH RELATIVE

  • LAL will 99% likely blow them out, but without Bradley’s hot shooting, GSW would be ahead in the 1st half

  • This is probably the most fun I’ve had watching a half that the Warriors lost by 7.

  • I’m going to miss the second half, where I expect it all to go downhill

Servant Of Luna’s Notes

Top players:

Lakers:

Davis: (+4, 1st place)

27 points 9/14 FGs 9/13 FTs

10 rebounds (2 off.) 4 assists 2 turnovers 3 steals 1 block

Bradley: (+7, 1st place)

21 points 7/11 FGs 5/7 three pointers 2/2 FTs

4 rebounds (1 off.) 2 assists 1 turnover 2 steals

James: (+6)

22 points 7/17 FGs 3/8 three pointers 5/6 FTs

8 rebounds 11 assists 7 turnovers 1 steal

Howard: (+7)

12 points 5/7 FGs 2/5 FTs

8 rebounds (4 off.) 1 turnover

Honorable mention:

Kuzma: (-3)

12 points 4/8 FGs 4/4 FTs

2 rebounds (1 off.) 6 assists 4 turnovers 3 steals

Rondo: (+1)

11 points 4/8 FGs 3/5 three pointers

4 rebounds 4 assists 4 turnovers

Warriors:

Chriss: (-7)

26 points 12/15 FGs 1/2 three pointers 1/1 FT

9 rebounds (2 off.) 1 assist 1 steal 2 blocks

Wiggins: (-2, 2nd place)

24 points 8/12 FGs 3/4 three pointers 5/9 FTs

2 rebounds (1 off.) 3 assists 4 turnovers 5 steals 1 block

Poole: (+3, 2nd place)

19 points 8/12 FGs 3/7 three pointers

2 rebounds (1 off.) 3 assists 1 turnover 1 steal

Norvell Jr.: (+10)

7 points 2/4 FGs 2/3 three pointers 1/1 FT

4 rebounds 2 assists 1 turnover 2 steals

Honorable mention:

Smailagic: (-10)

10 points 3/5 FGs 1/2 three pointers 3/4 FTs

1 rebound 1 assist 1 turnover 1 steal 1 block

Final stats:

Lakers:

52.4% shooting (43/82 FGs)

14/29 three pointers

25/34 FTs

47 rebounds (12 off.)

29 assists

24 turnovers

11 steals

2 blocks

Warriors:

51.7% shooting (46/89 FGs)

13/32 three pointers

15/23 FTs

33 rebounds (8 off.)

31 assists

18 turnovers

15 steals

6 blocks

Points in paint:

Lakers: 52

Warriors: 60

Fastbreak points:

Lakers: 16

Warriors: 26

Points off turnovers:

Lakers: 19

Warriors: 27

Bench points:

Lakers: 41

Warriors: 49


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