Wednesday NBA Roundup: Warriors Establishing Dominance Despite Lingering Flaws

November 16th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

The beautifully flawed Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors by a final of 127-121 on Wednesday, thereby passing their first high-profile test since getting deconstructed by the San Antonio Spurs on opening night,

Well...kind of passed. Sort of. Mostly.

Sloppy, disjointed and even physically overwhelmed for stretches, the Warriors relied on Draymond Green's uncorkable private reserve of energy and, of course, a whole mess of impossible shot-making to take down one of the top Eastern Conference teams.

Though the Warriors' efforts were indisputably impressive, it's still not exactly fair to call Wednesday's road game encouraging.

Because, as usual, there were defensive lapses in focus and execution. Toronto capitalized on those to score a season-best 38 points in the first quarter as the Warriors struggled to compensate for Zaza Pachulia's continuing ineffectiveness. Unable to defend in space or fight underneath on the boards (he had one rebound in 16 minutes), Pachulia put Golden State in compromising positions on virtually every possession in the early going.< ...

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