‘Warriors WrapUp’: Golden State ho-hums its way past Knicks 103-90; McGee with big scoring night; Rose, Anthony sit out for New York; Durant quietly doing it all

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.

Here’s a link to “Warriors WrapUp” from Golden State’s victory over New York.

–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.

 

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About Steinmetz

Matt Steinmetz is a veteran San Francisco Bay Area sports journalist. He covered the Golden State Warriors for Bay Area News Group for more than a decade before becoming a television analyst with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Steinmetz currently co-hosts the "Warriors WrapUp" show and "NBA This Week" on 95.7-FM The Game, the franchise's flagship station, in San Francisco. He also co-hosts the Sal and Steiny podcast.
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2 Responses to ‘Warriors WrapUp’: Golden State ho-hums its way past Knicks 103-90; McGee with big scoring night; Rose, Anthony sit out for New York; Durant quietly doing it all

  1. Steinmetz says:

    Hey, Nabeel, thanks for the kind words. Appreciate it. All the best to you and your family.

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  2. Nabeel Berbawy says:

    Hey Matty, we moved to Mazatlan Mexico July 2015 permanently, I used to be Milkshake from Auburn on the Radnich show on the other station, I always bitchd about the DUBS previous clueless ownership, I have been a Warriors fan since the Big Dipper, Guy Rogers, Nate the GREAT, & of course my favorite Rick Barry, the Original Larry Bird, before Bird existed, I know this is getting Longer than your wonderful columns which I read them all, you are by FAR the BEST DUBS story writer of ALL, I’m not an old Fart, I still drive my Cobra Convertible up to 140 mph, have a 24 year old Girl friend, I stream the All the DUBS games, anyway to finish this rambling, I want you to know that you are the BEST and your following is International, Google Solaria Tower Mazatlan, I’ll be waving to you from the 12th floor with my Steph hat & garb on, Happy Holidays & a Prosperous 2017 to you and your family, You are the BEST, Nabeel Berbawy, oh don’t forget Tom Machery, Wayne Hightower, & the late Derrick Dickey and last but not least Charles Dudly, he had a little bit of Draymond in him. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

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