Golden State Warriors Must Get Defensive and Friday NBA Takeaways

October 28th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

It was better than a 29-point opening-night home drubbing, but the Golden State Warriors' 122-114 win over the New Orleans Pelicans left the NBA championship favorites with plenty of room for improvement.

Golden State will score an abundance of points wherever and however it plays, as it did at at the Smoothie King Center on Friday. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each had at least 23 points, with Durant topping out at 30, (along with 17 rebounds and six assists).

Draymond Green sniffed around triple-double territory, too, at eight points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

But the Warriors' reserves, reduced by the need to clear cap space for KD, didn't offer their studs much support. Then again, Golden State didn't need much more than Andre Iguodala's nine points, two rebounds and three assists, not with the aforementioned studs firing on all cylinders offensively.

The bigger concern, though, is the Dubs' state of defense. By trading Andrew Bogut and parting ways with Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights to grease the skids for Durant's arrival, Golden State sacrificed a sizable slice of interior ...

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