A win’s a win, especially if you are the Golden State Warriors. Coming off four straight losses, the Warriors desperately needed this win for momentum heading into the last four games of this grueling road trip. Read below to see why the Warriors pulled out the victory.
I literally screamed in joy at the TV when the starting lineups were shown. Udoh deserves the starting center spot, and he delivered with his play against the Wiz. His statistics weren’t utterly impressive, as he only had 6 points, (2-6 FG, 2-3 FT) 2 REB, 1 STL, and 3 BLK’s. However, he played with so much passion and defensive intensity we haven’t seen Andris play with for a long, long time. What impresses me about Udoh is how smart a defender he is. Unlike Andris, Udoh is always in good help position and knows how to block shots using his athleticism and long arms without constantly fouling. He probably contested more shots than our entire team combined. He is a big man who changes shots, and the Warriors have not had that type of player since Adonal Foyle. Yes, Adonal Foyle.
-Adonal for president.
His 2 rebounds in 30 minutes is alarming, as his lack of rebounding scares me for his size. Part of the reason he does not get a lot of rebounds though is because he tries to contest shots continuously, putting him out of position for defensive rebounds. When he finds the balance between blocking shots and rebounding, the Warriors are going to be in much better shape. Udoh also did a great job defensively on McGee, as he was ineffective scoring only 5 points in 17 minutes.
I hate to say it, but Reggie Williams, Vlad Rad, and Acie Law are probably the worst 7th, 8th, and 9th bench guys in the league. When the Warriors get bench help, it’s a great surprise, because it’s not usually expected. All three played real well, combining for 25 points and 3 3-pointers. They gave the Warriors the extra boost they needed and gave Monta some rest for once.
The dougie just doesn’t get old to me.
Although Nick Wall got off like I expected him to do, Stephen Curry and Acie Law did a great job containing John Wall. He showed his rookie tendencies, looking indecisive and turning the ball over 4 times. As I said, when John Wall goes, the Wiz go. Surprisingly, the Warriors did not let him get easy baskets going to the rim or throw easy passes to McGee and Blatche.
Warrior of the Night: Ekpe Udoh
Although Steph carried the team with 29 points, 5 AST, and 9 REB, Udoh made all the difference. His defense made up for the other players mistakes, and he looked comfortable in the offense for the first time all season. I’m looking forward to him starting the rest of the season.