The Golden State Warriors (hereinafter referred to as Golden State) found new hope after losing in the opening game of the 2023-24 season.
Golden State lost 104-108 to the Phoenix Suns (Phoenix) in the opening game of the 2023-24 NBA season held at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California, USA on the 25th.
Golden State was sluggish with a field goal success rate of 35.6% (36/101) and a 3-point success rate of 23.3% (10/43). In addition, they lost 49-60 in rebounds and did not exceed 20 assists. Above all, Golden State performed poorly in the fourth quarter, scoring only 18 points while Phoenix scored 28 points.
Stephen Curry suffered from foul trouble throughout the game, and Klay Thompson, who lost his sense of shooting throughout the preseason, did not do well on this day either, with a field goal percentage of 33.8 (6/18) and a 3-point percentage of 27.3% (3/11). Paul also had 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists, but like the rest of his teammates, he was far from an efficient field goal percentage.
However, there are also things Golden State gained from these losses.
■ Chris Paul’s introduction as a starter
Paul, who made his debut wearing the Golden State uniform on this day, had difficulty regaining his sense of field goals in the early stages of the game. However, late in the first quarter he drew an offensive foul on Kevin Durant to bring the momentum towards Golden State.
Additionally, Paul caused a turnover on Drew Eubanks in the same manner early in the second quarter. The field goal sense was still not good, but that changed when the first field goal was finally scored with 6 minutes and 49 seconds left in the third quarter. He then grabbed the zero point and scored an and-one, giving Golden State its first lead.
In particular, the court margin in the section where Paul played was +5, and the way he led the team stably in the second half and his skill in detecting Devin Booker’s foul induction made it clear why he is still called the best point guard in the league.
■ Moses Moody’s influence in the first half
Moody, in his third year at Golden State, was put on the field as a second unit when the team was trailing by 7 points at the 4:30 mark of the first quarter, and made the most of his jumper. Moody, who grabbed the defensive rebound, blocked ‘Slasher’ Eric Gordon less than a minute later. 40 seconds later, he finished off Booker’s pass and made a fast break layup.
Moody finished the first quarter with 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. Afterwards, he came out early in the second quarter and finished the first half with 11 points. Although Moody did not secure playing time in the second half, his impact in the first half was certainly meaningful.카지노사이트
■ Third Quarter of Promise
Reclaimed One of Golden State’s problems last season was that it lost control of the third quarter. During the dynasty, Golden State often saw key players leave work early as the game was already decided in the third quarter.
On this day, Golden State outscored its opponent 40-19 in the third quarter. It’s even more impressive that Curry did it when he was responsible for 7 of the team’s first 15 points and then had to retire to the bench early due to foul trouble.
Paul and Gary Payton II led the team in place of Curry, and Golden State had a 12-2 advantage in the section they led. Paul played 9 minutes in the third quarter, recording 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists, and Payton II led the team’s defense to a new level.
Although they faltered in the 4th quarter, Golden State would not have had a chance to create a super clutch situation if not for the amazing performance shown in the 3rd quarter.