Warriors 122, Hawks 97
The Golden State Warriors opened the season with an impressive win over the visiting Hawks. The Warriors' had a dismal first half compiling 14 turnovers and deficit of 10. But they came out strong in the second half putting up 39 in the 3rd quarter and 36 in the 4th. They erased the 10 points deficit with a flurry of three's and fast break points taking over the lead about midway through the 3rd. They outscored the Hawks by 35 in the 2nd half highlighted by a 27-2 run to put the Hawks away for good.
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After the first half ended, some fans booed the Warriors off the court. That's really uncalled for. Yes they had a bad first half, but this is still the first game of the season, the Warriors will struggle at times. Also, don't think that the boos are what ignited the 2nd half run. The Warriors showed their heart and desire with Baron Davis leading them.
Mikey Mikey Mikey. This game doesn't help your rep with us. 7 turnovers? 3-10 shooting, 1-5 3's, 4-6 FT? You accounted for nearly half the turnovers in the first half and nearly 40% of the total turnovers. Your total turnovers were nearly equal to the number of assists and rebounds combined. Everything we rip him for, not that good of a shooter, not a great ballhandler and decision maker, and poor defensively was shown last night. Hopefully this was just one game and he comes back strong against the Jazz.
On the other hand, Mickael Pietrus, played aggressive in the 2nd half and scored 18 of his 20 after halftime. He didn't exactly fill up the boxscore, but he gave the Warriors a boost with his hustle and scoring. Give Pietrus more time! I don't understand why they don't give him the same opportunity to develop that they've given Dunleavy. Also, why do the tv commentators nitpick with this guy. For example, with 2 minutes left in the game and a lot of time left on the shot clock he decides to burn some time rather than take the ball to the hoop when he has a clear path. The commentators get on him for not driving. I understand if the game was close and a bucket was needed, but this was a blowout. Also, I don't recall them mentioning how he did play aggressive and give him his props for the 18 points he put up in the 2nd half. Anyways, Monty, give Pietrus some more PT.
Baron Davis sat out the 4th with a slight pull of the hamstring. He's not sure if he will play in Utah on Friday.
Aaron Miles ran the show in the 4th and recorded 5 assists as he routinely pushed the ball up the floor for easy fast break opportunities. It was good to see that when Baron goes out, we aren't losing too much.
It was a little surprising to see the rook, Chris Taft playing 18 minutes while Biedrins only got 3.
Warrior Wonder of the Night
Jason Richardson: 28pts on 11-23 FG, 2-6 3's, 4-5 FT and he added in 6 boards, 2 helpers, a steal and 2 blocks. (One incredible high flying, my knee is just fine thank you, block of Salim Stoudamire)