Recap: Warriors 83, Knicks 81
This morning against the Knicks the Warriors shot under 40% from the field (29-73), under 35% from trifecta land (10-30), and under 50% from the charity stripe (46.9%). Read that last stat again, UNDER 50% FROM THE FREE THROW LINE? But thanks to a great defensive effort and some strange coaching from Larry Brown, the Warriors were able to start their road trip off with a W.
Boxscore | AP Recap
The Warriors jumped out to an early lead, but then Eddy Curry and the other Knick "big" men started to expose to Warriors charmin' soft interior. It looked like it was going to be a long afternoon in the Big Apple for the Warriors. Oddly, Larry Brown seemed to deemphasize attacking the Warriors interior as the game progressed. Curry only played 16 minutes in the game. It makes you wonder if either Brown has lost it or Curry was nursing an injury. Either way, the Knicks aren't using Eddy Curry like the Warriors would have (see Bay Area Curry).
Baron, JRich, and Troy all had good games. B Diddy made some exciting drives and layups to go with his 9 dimes. JRich's intensity was unmatched as his 24 points was a game high. Troy Murphy dropped another double-double. Another great effort from Chris Taft as well. It's good to see the kid trying so hard on defense. Hopefully, he'll make teams regret letting him slip to the 2nd round.
If Mike Dunleavy has a couple more games like he had tonight, he's going to earn another nickname- Mike DoLeaveMeOpen. For someone who a few delusional Warriors fans regard as a great shooter, there is no excuse for missing all those open shots. Dunleavy hit the backside of the iron and nearly airballed 3 WIDE OPEN 3 point shoots. The Dunnuthin' stat line: 35 minutes, 2 points on 1-8 shooting (0-4 3pt), 2 assists, 4 rebounds. Dunleavy is the 4th or 5th option on the floor. He is never guarded by any of the opposing team's top defenders. Dun should be shooting at a very high percentage.
In stark contrast to Dunleavy, Pietrus only played 23 minutes and shot 2-2 including 1 trifecta. It doesn't make any sense why Pietrus isn't playing more especially considering how Dunleavy is rewarded with so many minutes for such a poor outing. Pietrus is never allowed to get into a rhythm with consisent playing time, while Dunleavy can't find the beat despite logging heavy (undeserved) minutes.
TMurph wasn't a smurf. 17 points, 10 boards, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Troy had a game high 43 minutes. Aside from the low shooting percentage, Troy looks like he's in midseason form.