Just three days ago, I wrote an article with the exact same title, after the Golden State Warriors gave up a tight competition against the Phoenix Suns. Now, after the Dubs reclaimed the top seed with a 118-96 victory over the Suns, stopping Phoenix’s 18-game winning streak, it’s time to step back.
As always, player ratings are weighted according to expectations.
30 minutes, 9 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, 6 steals, 3 blocks, 2 turnovers, 2 fouls, 4-for-6, 1-for-1 threes, +25
Silent domination. That’s the best way to describe Green’s play. You haven’t noticed him very often, yet he was apparently involved in all the good things that happened to Dubs. And then you look at the stats sheet and your eyeballs come out: 9 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, and 9 actions ?!
I don’t think it’s particularly controversial to say that Dray was the Warriors’ best player on Friday.
Now put it already in the All-Star Game.
Note : A+
Post-match bonus: Led the team in rebounds, assists and over / under.
30 minutes, 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 4 fouls, 8v16, 3v7, +24 shots
Just a solid, if not particularly remarkable, performance from Wiggins. The defense was spectacular, although there were quite a few fouls. The score was correct and the team played much better with him on the pitch. Quality stuff.
Note : B+
15 minutes, 2 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 against, 4 fouls, shooting 1 for 4, +7
Looney fared much better in his clash with Deandre Ayton than on Tuesday, although it’s still very clear that the showdown is doing Looney no favor. He struggled to keep Ayton from reaching the edge and fouled quite frequently. He also faced a midrange jumper, which was… weird.
Rating: C +
33 minutes, 23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 turnovers, 2 fouls, 8v20 shots, 3 3 6v11, 1v2 free throws, +10
Curry was significantly better than in the first matchup, when he shot just 4 for 21, but it’s pretty clear that Phoenix is playing a better defense against him than most teams. I don’t think we’ll see a team this year playing Curry any better than Phoenix, so I guess that’s a testament to him that he still comes out 23, 5, and 5 under these conditions.
Post-match bonus: Led the team in points.
32 minutes, 14 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 1 interception, 5 turnovers, 6 fouls, 5-for-12, 3-for-5, 2-for-2 free throws, +24
Poole was everywhere in this game. He didn’t score effectively, but it seemed like every shot he made was huge. He distributed 5 assists… but equaled that total in turnover. The Warriors dominated Phoenix when he was on the field, but he was eventually pulled out after a foul.
Just a fun game.
15 minutes, 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 4 fouls, 3-for-8 shots, 3-for-3, 0-for-1 free throws, -1
It was as if Bjelica had played more than 15 minutes, and while the plus / minus numbers don’t confirm it, it certainly felt like the Warriors played a lot better when he was on the pitch.
It seems to be a theme with him.
Otto Porter Jr.
24 minutes, 3 points, 6 rebounds, 4 fouls, shooting 1 for 5, 3 for 1 for 4, -3
After Porter made his only shot of the game, I tweeted how good he had been in the last few games, so I take full responsibility for his tough exit.
The plus / minus is such a fun statistic, although that doesn’t really mean anything here… Porter played half the game, and the Suns outscored the Warriors by 3 points in the half played, and were outscored by 27 in the half he did not play.
Rating: C +
Post-match bonus: The worst plus / minus of the team
26 minutes, 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 interception, 1 block, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 7-for-8 shots, 1-for-2 to three, 2-for-3 free throws , +16
An absolute superstar bench performance by JTA, who did everything you could want them to do, and more.
Toscano-Anderson is often referred to as Baby Draymond, so let’s combine the numbers from both players to see what they got from their big nail tough, ultra-talented, undersized handyman: 26 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists, 7 steals, 4 blocks, 13 for 16 shots.
Come on man.
Note : A+
8 minutes, 4 points, 3 rebounds, shooting 1 on 4, 3 0 0 on 1, free throws 2 on 2, +2
Lee hasn’t played a lot or contributed a lot, but it was just good to see him on the pitch again. Between a hip injury and the birth of her child (congratulations to Damion and Sydel!), Lee hadn’t played since November 24.
Gary Payton II
26 minutes, 19 points, 5 rebounds, 1 interception, 1 v, 3 turnovers, 1 foul, 7 v 9 shot, 3 v 5, 2 v 2 free throws, +7
So besides providing an All-Galaxy first-team defense, it looks like GP2 is really a quality offensive player. What an incredible development.
Note : A+
Friday DNP: Andre Iguodala (still injured, adapted to be the 11th mandatory man)
The inactive on Friday: Chris Chiozza, Jeff Dowtin, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, Klay Thompson, James Wiseman