Stephen Curry injured? That sounds like trouble for the Golden State Warriors. Are the reigning NBA champions too reliant on their MVP and point guard? Yes.
The Dallas Mavericks exposed the Warriors’ weaknesses on Wednesday night. They thrashed the Warriors by a huge margin, 114-91, finishing the year by beating the best team in the league. |Box Score|
Shaun Livingston, who took Curry’s place in the starting unit, had 8 points from 21 minutes. Klay Thompson, expected to take over the job of offensive leader in the absence of Curry, had a horrific shooting night – going 4/15 from the field for 10 points from 34 minutes.
Draymond Green, too, had a forgettable night, going 4/15 for 11 points. The Warriors bench helped the cause with Andre Iguodala and Marreese Speights posting a dozen points each. Ian Clark topped all Warriors scorers with 21 points from 24 minutes off the bench. In Curry’s absence, the Warriors offense lacked the rhythm and flow we’re accustomed to.
With Deron Williams out with injury, veteran Mavs guard JJ Barea led the way with 23 points and 6 assists. Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Wesley Matthews added 13 points and 3 rebounds. Chandler Parsons, back in the starting line-up, managed only 5 points from 31 minutes. However, Parsons’ increased playing time was a positive sign for Mavericks going forward. Last year, Parsons led the team in scoring.
This isn’t the ideal way for the Warriors to close out 2015. They face archrivals Houston Rockets tomorrow night. Stephen Curry’s status for the game is still uncertain.
Stay tuned for full report and analysis.