Remember when the Dubs used to regularly overwhelm opponents with a 3rd quarter of unbelievable three’s, suffocating defense, and great pace in transition offense? Last night’s victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in the second game of their double-header match up was a blast from the past. At one point, the Dubs were 22 points down in the 3rd with roughly 3 minutes left. Then the tsunami hit.
Over the course of the last 15 minutes of the game (3 minutes of the 3rd and the full 12 minutes of the 4th) the Warriors outscored LA 52-20. That is not a type. That is not a clerical or spelling error. The Dubs churned out 52 points in 15 minutes of regulation play to wildly flip the entire completely on its head. Stephen Curry was stroking the 3-ball, getting into the lane, as well as the charity strike, and tallied 38 points. We saw key contributions from Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre and the bench contributed 44 points. There are a lot of people in the sports world that have already counted the Dubs out of the post season entirely this year but I’m not so sure we might not play a role in the West.
Obviously, this team in the early parts of this pandemic season isn’t a championship caliber team but I am excited about the various pieces to the puzzle we have up and down the roster. Last night we saw flashes of great defense, an offense that is starting to find some cohesion in the half court set, as well as great pace coupled with easy transition buckets. Personally, I think Wiggins is starting to sense and feel his own rhythm within the offense and in relation to the consistent double and triple teaming of Curry. I also think Kelly Oubre is learning how to use his length and athleticism on both sides of the ball. That attention to detail and execution on both offense and defense is what made the Warriors a championship team.
I’m not sure this season is a lost cause at all. 🙂