|13/14 NBA Preseason|
|March 20, 2014|
|Oracle Arena | Oakland, CA|
|FS Wisconsin | 620 WTMJ|
|Brandon Knight||PG||Stephen Curry|
|Nate Wolters||SG||Klay Thompson|
|Khris Middleton||SF||Harrison Barnes|
|Ersan Ilyasova||PF||David Lee|
|Larry Sanders||C||Andrew Bogut|
|2012/13 Advanced Stats|
|91.7 (25th)||Pace||96.2 (5th)|
|102.1 (27th)||ORtg||106.9 (13th)|
|110.9 (30th)||DRtg||102.0 (3rd)|
I think we'll have to look back on a body of work at the end of the season and look at that and make an evaluation.
I do think our coach has done a good job-we have had some big wins, a lot of wins on the road, and that's usually a sign of good coaching.
But some things are a little disturbing-the lack of being up for some of these games at home, that's a concern to me.
Of course, these are the types of things you worry about when your goal is to contend for a championship, which was at least in the discussion for the Warriors after adding Iguodala to a team that won 47 games and made plenty of playoff noise a year ago. They're not inspiring much title talk right now, but that won't make them any less dangerous in April and May--or any less of a problem for the Bucks tonight.
UPDATE: Ted Davis tweets that Bogut will play.
The defense rests? The Warriors' impressive D won't be at full strength tonight, with Iguodala out with knee tendinitis and Bogut a game-time decision due to a sore ankle. The disappointing Harrison Barnes figures to start in Iguodala's stead, while Bogut's absence would mean a small-ball big man pairing of Draymond Green (who plays bigger than his official 6'7" listing) and David Lee. Size-wise that makes it at least a little fairer fight against the underwhelming Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova. As usual I'll be hoping John Henson earns some more minutes than he's been getting, but...well, I guess that whole conversation is getting rather old. At least Henson got to play video games with his old college buddy Barnes today:
Speaking of Barnes, here's a question I asked the last time these two teams met back in January: is Khris Middleton a poor man's Harrison Barnes, or is Harrison Barnes a poor man's Khris Middleton? Here are the numbers via Basketball-Reference--you decide.