The Golden State Warriors lost away again, which was not surprising. They’ve been terrible on the road this year, facing the rising Philadelphia 76ers led by Joel Embiid and James Harden on Friday … and missing all three of their All-Stars from a year ago, Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins.
It was an impressive performance by the Warriors JV team but they ultimately lost 118-106. So let’s rate the good guys who donned Dubs jerseys and take our expectations into account. As always, the “B” grade represents the average performance we expect from a player.
Note: True-Shooting Percentage (TS) is an efficiency metric that takes into account three-point shots and free throws. The league average for Friday’s games was 57.5%.
29 mins, 7 points, 3 assists, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 3-on-8 shooting, 1-on-4 three-pointers, 43.8% TS, -8
Kuminga is one player who is a better rebounder than the stats suggest, as he does a lot to keep the balls alive and boxing players while teammates snatch the ball. But against Philly, he had a donut in the rebound department, and it felt fitting. This is inexcusable.
He was also quite passive on offense. On the one hand, that’s understandable since Joel Embiid is arguably the best defensive center in the NBA. On the other hand, Kuminga is an offensive liability when he’s passive and settles for threes.
I was impressed with his defense. The Warriors put him on James Harden, and while The Beard certainly ate, Kuminga made life difficult for him without fouling.
26 mins, 14 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 3 fouls, 6-on-8 shooting, 2-on-2 free throws, 78.8% TS, -4
What a great game from Looney. A missed jump from Jordan Poole in the closing minutes prevented Looney from scoring the first triple-double of his career, but that shouldn’t change our perception.
Looney has taken every opportunity this year to show people he’s not just a systems player who thrives when playing alongside Curry and Green. And he did it all against Joel Embiid!
What a stud.
Post-Game Bonus: Led the team in rebounds and assists.
35 minutes, 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block, 4 turnovers, 3 fouls, 4v17 shooting, 3v8 3-pointers, 1v1 free throws, 34.4% TS , -9
If the Warriors want to make any gains while Curry is sidelined, they need to make Klay show up big.
Unfortunately, Klay didn’t show up big on Friday.
Post-Game Bonus: Tie for the worst plus/minus in the team.
35 mins, 17 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 3 fouls, 6-on-13 shooting, 5-on-8 threes, 65.4% TS, -4
DiVincenzo set the tone for the Warriors early on, making five triples in the first quarter, including the first five he attempted. After that, his scoring cooled off significantly, but not his energy and impact on the game. He’s been flying all over the place in this game, which he’s been doing a lot lately.
He’s quickly becoming a Poole/GP2-like player as he’s good enough to start…which is a weapon when coming off the bench and a luxury when forced onto the grid.
37 mins, 29 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers, 2 fouls, 10v20 shooting, 4v9 trebles, 5v6 free throws, 64.1% TS, -9
I don’t think Poole’s assist numbers accurately reflect how hard he did his job to field teammates in this game. He controlled offense for most of the game, kept the engine humming, made his teammates look good, then punished Philly’s defense with a barrage of edge attacks and three-pointers in the second half.
Really good game for JP.
Post-Game Bonus: Leads the team in points, tied with the worst plus/minus on the team.
Yes, Mychal Green
11 minutes, 1 point, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 turnovers, 1 foul, 0-2 shooting, 0-2 trebles, 1-2 free throws, 17.4% TS, -1
Because of the Embiid factor, it was always unlikely that Green would play a major role in this game. But when he saw the dish, he did a tremendous job attacking the glass. He couldn’t find his offense – 1 point and 3 turnovers is ugly – but 8 rebounds in 11 minutes is ridiculous.
19 mins, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, 3 fouls, 2-on-6 shooting, 2-on-6 3-pointers, 50.0% TS, -6
One thing I can tell you from this week’s shows, both Van Gundy brothers really like Lamb.
He’s been pretty mediocre in that game and was a bit trigger-happy with a three-point shot that came back hard, but smart coaches seem to like him.
Patrick Baldwin Jr.
1 minute, 0 points, 0 plus/minus
Just some trash time for the tower.
Post-Game Bonus: Tie for the team leadership plus/minus.
11 mins, 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 losses, 3 fouls, 3-on-5 shooting, 60.0% TS, -7
It’s pretty clear Wiseman’s teammates aren’t used to playing with him. On just the second possession he was on the court for after the Warriors got a stoppage, Wiseman charged down the court and knocked everyone to the other side. Ty Jerome never looked up to see him and Wiseman was not rewarded for his rush. A few bad passes at the beginning never reached the big man.
They later started to find rhythm, culminating in a nasty alley-oop pass from DiVincenzo that Wiseman slammed to the ground.
There were good omens. The screens were faster and stronger. He got a blatantly illegal screen that reminded me of my school days, and someone advised me, “Rebound more and more illegal until you get called for it, then you know where to call back.” I almost felt like Steve Kerr was Wiseman may have asked to get an illegal screen because of this.
His experienced teammates were enthusiastic about him. His defense looked better, although expectedly he was vastly outclassed by Embiid.
19 mins, 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 foul, 4-on-10 shooting, 1-on-2 threes, 45.0% TS, -6
Another Van Gundy favorite. Jerome has been struggling lately but looked good in this game. Not the most efficient and he missed a few open teammates, but he kept the offense moving.
16 mins, 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1-on-4 shooting, 1-on-4 threes, 37.5% TS, -6
Not a bad game for Moody, but an utterly unforgettable one. That seems to be the norm lately.
1 minute, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 1 turnover, 0:1 shooting, 2:2 free throws, 53.2% TS, 0 plus/minus
Just a few trash time possessions, but Rollins managed to pull off a lot of different stats!
Inactive on Friday: Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and Andrew Wiggins