Dubs will be without McCaw for rest of road trip
The Golden State Warriors didn’t dominate their Friday night tilt against the overmatched New Orleans Pelicans from beginning to end.But it really didn’t matter as the Pels ultimately weren’t able to overcome a 10-point deficit at the end of the first quarter.
The Dubs won the contest, 122-114.
Newcomer Kevin Durant was again impressive, scoring 30 points with 17 rebounds with six assists and a pair of blocks and steals each.
Durant has always had success scoring the ball, but he’s going to be looked to as a primary rebounder on this built-for-smallball Warriors team.
“KD’s got the length to go up and clean up the boards,” head coach Steve Kerr said after the game. “I think there’s a chance he can lead our team in rebounds this year for sure.”
Klay Thompson caught fire late, ending with 28 points.
But Golden State languished on defense in the second half, when it allowed New Orleans to score more than 30 points in each quarter.
“We’re going to have to get so much better,” Kerr said. “You can see how much work we have ahead. We have plenty of talent but talent is not going to be enough. We have to be smart, we have to be tough, we have to just grow as a team.”
They’ll get a chance to further jell today against the Phoenix Suns, who are 0-2 with losses against the Sacramento Kings and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Suns allowed 113 points in each of those games, making it a reasonable expectation for the Warriors to score plenty en route to their second win of the season.
The team will be without rookie guard Patrick McCaw, who suffered a sprained ankle fighting for a rebound with Anthony Davis on Friday. Kerr ruled McCaw out for the rest of the team’s current road trip, which wraps up in Portland on Tuesday.
“We’ll reevaluate him when we get home,” Kerr said Saturday. “It doesn’t seem that bad, but it’s one of those things where you have to see what he does after a few days.”
The injury should free up more minutes for Kevon Looney, who played seven of them to solid results on Friday. He scored four points with three rebounds, two assists and was +13.
“Seems like every time we throw Looney out there he gets the job done,” Kerr told reporters. “He’s one of those guys, he doesn’t look that fast, doesn’t jump very high, but he knows what he’s doing and he makes plays.”