These can be tricky games for the Warriors — not necessarily because they’re in danger of losing but because coach Steve Kerr’s got to figure out whether or not a game gets too close late so that he’ll have to put his starters back in the game.
That was the case during Friday’s 108-99 win over Dallas at Oracle Arena. Golden State was up 23 points with nine minutes remaining but the Mavs chipped away until they cut it to nine with about a minutes left. At that point, Klay Thompson was the only Warriors’ starter on the court — and it remained that way as Kerr never put back in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant.
Among the topics:
–Kevin Durant had his first triple-double as a Warrior, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in 35 minutes. When asked after the game if Durant was doing anything different or perhaps seeing the court differently, Kerr simply said: “No, that’s just who he is.”
–The Warriors led the league in 3-point field goal percentage last year, knocking down 41.6 percent of their shots behind the arc. This year the Warriors are shooting “only” 38.1 percent from 3-point range, which is fourth in the NBA. They went 11-for-33 from 3-point range on Friday against the Mavs. The question is: Why is their 3-point percentage down?
Good question. While nobody seems have a definitive answer, it’s apparent that teams are doing a better job of defending the arc when they play the Warriors. And perhaps that’s why the Warriors are doing just fine inside the arc and lead the league in overall field goal percentage at .497.