Recap: Warriors 99, Hornets 83
Just like they did against the Raptors, the Golden State Warriors handled their business against the Hornets. The first half was a close battle with the Warriors struggling to hit their shots, but the third quarter proved to be the decisive time as the Warriors went from being up 3 to being up 15. The Warriors upped their record to 10-6, putting them 1/2 game behind the Clippers for first in the Pacific and 6th overall in the Western Conference.
MVN- The City Recap
Last night's win was Baron's payback to the Hornets. If you missed his two electrifying dunks and alley oops to JRich here's a recap. Chris Anderson of the Hornets throws one down viciously on the Warriors. But this is Baron's house and you don't embarass this team in our house. So, Baron goes right by Chris Paul as if he was never even there, jump stops on two feet, then elevates over PJ Brown and bangs it home with a thunderous dunk. Crowd roars. But he's not done. Less than a minute later, he again drives the lane as if no defenders are there, jump stops on two feet, elevates and posterizes Chris Anderson. This was the better of the two dunks. It was a powerful dunk, one where his knees seemed to be at the rim and Chris Anderson was helpless. Even if he had got a hand on the ball, the ball was still going through the hoop. To top it all off, Chris Anderson fouled BDiddy and he converted the three point play. This is the new brand of Warriors basketball. This is one of the many positives that Baron brings to the team. Confidence. Swagger. The not in my house attitude.
I love Ike. Yes, I'll admit, I was wrong about wanting the Warriors to draft Granger and not being happy with Ike. After seeing him play last night, I want to say I'm sorry for doubting him. He will be a force in the paint. Last night, he battled down low on the offensive glass, pulling down 5 offensive boards. On one of them he grabbed the board with the defender draped all over him, then dunked it. Unfortunately they called the foul before the shot, but it was great to see some power in the middle. A couple of possessions later, he corralled another offensive board, went up for the shot, got fouled and in dropped the bucket. To think that this is his training camp is scary. He's just getting into the groove of the pro game, but already he's looking like he could potentially challenge Chris Paul for rookie of the year. By January, he should be playing close to 30 minutes per game and probably averaging around 14 and 8.
The defense was strong yielding three 20 points quarters and never allowing the Hornets to get any sort of rhythm on offense. The Warriors forced 17 turnovers with Chris Paul recording 4 and he also did not shoot the ball well. JR Smith shot just 1-10, Speedy had 9 assists but shot 1-8, and Desmond Mason was limited to just 10 points.
I was a little mad when I entered the Arena though. I thought it was Mike Dunleavy posterized night, not Mike Dunleavy poster night. Who the hell wants a Mike Dunleavy poster? (By the way Atma, I got you one since we all know he's your favorite Warrior) So the whole game I was hoping for Mike to get posterized by Desmond Mason or Kirk Snyder (who by the way has springs for calves, had an alley oop and a putback dunk). But noooo, Mike didn't want to cooperate and get posterized, so he just faked an injury.
For those of you who were just like me and showed up to the game thinking it was Mike Dunleavy posterized night, here's what we all wish we could have seen:
Derek Fisher: Despite the fact that he continues to make poor decisions when trying to create and pass with the ball, he hit three big 3's to put the Hornets away. In the 3rd quarter of last night's game, as the Hornets were making their run, Fisher knocked down 3 straight 3's to keep the Warriors ahead by at least double figures and squash the Hornets chances. The Warriors ended the 3rd quarter up 15 points thanks in large part to DFish's big shots.