Well, that was certainly a ho-hum ballgame at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.
The Warriors put it on cruise control against the New York Knicks and wound up coming away with a nice, easy 103-90 victory. The Warriors were never really challenged but then again they never fully put the game away, either. Nevertheless, the win improved the Warriors record to 23-4, best in the league.
On “Warriors WrapUp” on 95.7-FM The Game, the postgame show on the Golden State flagship, we talked about various aspects of the Warriors’ win.
–JaVale McGee got the start again in place of the injured Zaza Pachulia, and he came up with 17 points in 16 minutes — by far his best production as a Warrior. McGee has quickly become a fan favorite, and it looks like now he’s even got a fan in coach Steve Kerr.
It was Pachulia’s fourth straight game missed. Kerr started Anderson Varejao, then Kevon Looney, but McGee has gotten the start the past two games. McGee only had two rebounds in his 16 minutes but he deposited at the rim just about every chance he got.
–The Knicks were playing without Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony. Rose is having back issues and with Anthony, it’s said to be a shoulder issue. But the reality is that coach Jeff Hornacek may have simply been resting Anthony — with a game at Denver looming on Saturday.
Still, on the heels of the Cleveland Cavaliers resting three players — LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love — against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, the notion of giving players a night off is becoming more and more sensitive. We talked about it in depth on “Warriors WrapUp.”
–If there’s one thing most Warriors fans seem to agree on it’s that Kevin Durant appears to be a better player than anyone expected. Sure, we all knew he could score, but his rebounding, passing and defense have stood out through the first third of the season.
Durant finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks against the Knicks.