Stephen Curry looks super. Big efforts from Wiggins, Green propel Dubs to victory
A tough one, as expected, but Golden State proves too much for the Pelicans leaky defense
It was Marvel Superhero night over at ESPN, so of course Stephen Curry had to don his cape once again and lift the Golden State Warriors to victory over the New Orleans Pelicans by a score of 123-108.
It was a close one.
As expected Zion Williams bullied his way through an under-sized Warriors’ team, scoring 32 points and putting the entire Warriors team into foul trouble.
The Marvel broadcast was on a bit of a delay (understandable given the addition of graphics and post production, but… it was kind of fun?
You’ll probably be seeing a lot of highlights of Curry (41 points on the night) and Williamson scoring - or some of the astute Draymond Green passes or defensive plays as he earned another triple-double, but I’d like to take a moment to honor Andrew Wiggins. Coming in, it wasn’t even a given that Wiggins could play (due to a lingering knee issue), but he was fantastic all game.
As Curry was resting, and the game was still very much up for grabs, it was Wiggins that stepped in and kept throwing jabs at the Pelicans until Curry and Green checked back in for a game-closing haymaker. Maybe it’s the fresh dose of happiness off this win, but I am ecstatic to see Wiggins step up in this game.
All season, the coach has been telling the team to play with maximum intent, and now, finally when the spotlight is shining the brightest, Wiggins came up big for the Warriors.
This game was doubly important for Golden State, as they chase their way to the end of the season in heavy traffic amongst the NBA’s play-in tournament hopefuls. These teams will be right back at it tomorrow, but for tonight, the Warriors can apply a bunch of ice packs and rest well knowing that they shouldered away the Pelicans - who are now trailing the Warriors by four games, with just seven games remaining.
As predicted, the Pelicans killed the Warriors on the glass, and got to the free throw line a ton, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Warriors offense - which was feasting on New Orleans’ 27th-ranked defense.
Also interesting, the Pelicans took 50% of their total shot attempts at the rim, but only managed to convert 52% of them (a mark that Cleaning the Glass characterizes as in the 12% percentile).
As always, this is just a short little post game thread. So let the party roll, and our team will be back with more coverage of this game, and tomorrow’s.
Oh, and for those wondering, Draymond Green was the Marvel champion tonight.