|Andrea Bargnani, PF 36 MIN | 8-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 26 PTS | +8
Looked genuinely enthused to be starting tonight. Offensively, he does make this a potent starting lineup and play very good man defense with passable help defense. Amazing what can happen when a player isnt gifted minutes.
|Rudy Gay, SF 36 MIN | 10-22 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 26 PTS | +9
Flashes of brilliance, but didnt let the game come to him late in the game, which is becoming an all-too-familiar refrain in the last couple of weeks.
|Jonas Valanciunas, C 16 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +9
Just not a great fit in what turned out to be a good old Western shootout. Still manages to rebound well in his limited burn. Missed some chippies but got also stuffed on multiple occasions.
|Kyle Lowry, PG 33 MIN | 2-9 FG | 6-7 FT | 11 REB | 9 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +9
This dude is weird. Misses his second straight triple-double by an assist, but you wish he would trade it all for a few more clutch buckets. His defense on Steph Curry was exceptional.
|DeMar DeRozan, SG 39 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -6
Played a nice controlled game. Didnt hurt the team but didnt do much to help either. Definition of an average game.
|Amir Johnson, PF 32 MIN | 10-10 FG | 3-7 FT | 15 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 23 PTS | -13
Warrior. You think someone was a little irked about losing his starting job. Amir would never say so, but his actions spoke volumes.
|Landry Fields, SF 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -13
His defense could have helped tonight. Should have been plugged in at the two for stretches.
|Aaron Gray, C 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -5
Beard is coming in nicely, matches the uni and the shoes.
|John Lucas, PG 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -16
Looked like a smaller less talented version of Jarret Jack. Which he is.
|Alan Anderson, SG 13 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -10
Shats are drying up, better call Smitch.
|Terrence Ross, SG 8 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -7
Everything associated to this kid screams unprofessional. The squeeze on his PT, his shot selection, his lack of development. Un-professional.
The good news was that he figured out how to contain Stephen Curry. The bad news is that he forgot that some scorers in this league know how to pass. Otherwise he got a scrappy effort from his squad and kept it close against a superior team.
Three Things We Saw
- Bargnani played as well as he has all season. He seemed to want to thank the coaching staff for putting him back into the starting lineup. Remains to be seen how long he will remain motivated.
- Golden State is a hard team to defend. Excellent three-point shooters to spread the floor and two excellent rebounding bigs in Lee and Bogut to worry about.
- The playoffs are not happening. Time to play Ross and Acy, seriously. Hope this isnt becoming about saving face on the first round pick that OKC now owns.
- Bargnani leading the fast break
- Morning Coffee: March 5th Edition