New And Improved Warriors Are More Than Just An Offensive Machine




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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The Golden State Warriors’ offensive prowess sells tickets in Oakland and beyond. Their ability to score points in bunches is what makes them one of the NBA’s most entertaining teams.

But it’s their defensive work that will set them apart this season. It’s what will make them the contender they appear to be (the contender some of us went out on a limb and predicted them to be this season) through the early stages of this season.

Their underrated defensive work was on display in Monday night’s rout of the surprising Philadelphia 76ers team, a crew that had already scored big wins over the reigning champion Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls in the first week of the season.

The Warriors weren’t having it. They made sure their offensive aggressiveness worked double-time for them. They attacked Sixers rookie Michael Carter-Williams, taking him out of the comfort zone he’d been in with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson attacking him non-stop, and unleashed Andre Iguodala on his former teammates in a way that put both teams in a different light after the Warriors were finished.

Mark Jackson‘s team is not the one-trick outfit you assume them to be, as Marcus Thompson II of The Oakland Tribune pointed out in the aftermath in Philly:

Curry attacked him relentlessly on offense, either losing him off the dribble or running him off screens. He set the tone for Golden State’s vibrant ball movement, which had the offense clicking from the outset. Through three quarters, the Warriors had 98 points on 49.3 percent shooting with 25 assists on 37 made baskets.

On the other end, the Warriors dispatched Thompson to use his size and length to keep Carter-Williams out of the paint. Carter-Williams finished with 18 points on 4-of-17 shooting with four assists, six rebounds and six turnovers.

With the head of the snake in check, the 76ers managed just 35.2 percent shooting with a season-high 24 turnovers and a season-low 19 assists.

“I give them credit,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “They’re a very underrated defensive team. … They’re noted for their offense, and they’re noted for their barrage of 3-point threats and scorers, but they actually are an excellent defensive team with all the pieces.”

Brown’s perspective should be duly noted by other coaches who will face these Warriors this season. They are a deeper and more experienced team than they were last season.

They’ll also be more formidable on the defensive side of the floor with the addition of Iguodala, not to mention healthy bigs Andrew Bogut and David Lee.

But the real beauty of what Jackson has working with the Warriors this season will be his unleashing of Curry and Thompson as whirlwind offensive forces that put so much pressure on opposing backcourts to either keep pace with them that they force said opposition into uncomfortable positions all over the floor.

The ability to deploy Curry and Thompson in that way is what will elevate the Warriors this season and allow them to become much more than just an offensive machine.

16 Comments

  1. 'Fan man says:

    Learn how to spell dustydreamnz!!!

  2. codyfunk764 says:

    good article until the claim that they are deeper than last year…..if anything, our 2nd string looks like the 3rd string. watching the 4th quarter was painful. definitely need barnes back, but until then, jackson needs to keep at least 1-2 starters in the whole time, until the bench guys prove they can compete.

  3. that guy says:

    When healthy, Andrew Bogut is an all-star calibre center

  4. J says:

    they are great really great

  5. dustydreamnz says:

    Offence and defence win championships for mine. That saying in golf-Drive for show, putt for dough is poor aswell. You have to drive and putt well to win just like you have to attack and defend well to win in basketball.

  6. Boston Fan says:

    i been saying it since the beginning of time and people are just now believing me……..”Andre Igoudala is a dangerous man”.

  7. NBAfun says:

    It seems like an interesting season with a lot of teams offering up surprises.

    So far I’m liking what the Clippers, Warriors, Sixers, Pacers, Rockets, Wolves and Cavs are offering up. And then you can’t count out the Heat or Nets or even the Mavs.

    More even teams is great for the sport. I’m from Australia, not allied with any team, but as a bball fan, I’m loving this season already!

  8. Ben says:

    The ability and more importantly the commitment to play defense is what makes these Warriors so exciting and potentially a serious playoff contender. Credit goes to coach Marc Jackson (he was on some physical defensive minded teams in NY, Indiana and Houston). As the saying goes, “offense sells tickets but defense wins championships”. The previous Warriors teams under Don Nelson were entertaining, but they had no commitment to playing playoff caliber defense.

  9. xman1970 says:

    From 007

    “The Warriors attitude has always been defense since Mark Jackson landed in the Golden City”

    That’s not true is it ?

    Their initial attitude was to tank to make sure they got the Harrison Barnes pick from the Jazz……..

    • 007 says:

      Not saying I disagree but that seems to be more of an owner and general manager plan to tank. I feel Mark Jackson coaching philshophies have been consistent.

    • baller98 says:

      Except that the Jazz made the playoffs that year and normally you dont tank for the seventh pick

      • Tom says:

        It was the Warriors’ own pick, they just had to make sure it was in the top 7 so it would be protected and not go to the Jazz. When the difference is the #7 pick in the draft, or nothing until #30 from the Spurs, the choice is obvious. You gotta tank.

  10. dan says:

    The best part about it is they don’t even have their 6th man yet (Harrison Barnes)

  11. 007 says:

    The Warriors attitude has always been defense since Mark Jackson landed in the Golden City. Youth and health were the reason for thier demise last season.
    It’s the Warriors supreme and fundamentally sound offensive ability that masks the defense force that they can potentially be. In the new small ball NBA I wouldn’t want to bring that to these boys. From the outside looking in a lineup of Curry,Barnes,Thompson,Igoudola,Lee
    is going to be lethal. Only thing when they get a flat tire in some games there is no Jack to help them.

  12. This is the best Warrior squad I’ve seen in the last 25 years. It’s too premature to say that this team is a title contenter but finishing in the top 4 of the West doesn’t sound so crazy at all! Hope that they stay healty and are able to reduce injuries.