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Steph Curry, Jordan Poole ranked in Warriors win vs Wizards

Steph Curry, Jordan Poole ranked in Warriors win vs Wizards

The Golden State Warriors did something special Monday: They won a second game on a road trip for the first time this season. After hitting the Washington Wizards 127-118 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Dubs improved to 2-1 on their five-game road trip, and will enter the White House on a high note.

It will then be much more difficult, with a Thursday/Friday doubleheader against the Boston Celtics i Cleveland Cavaliers, but that’s a concern for the weekend. For now let’s celebrate the victory and score the players who participate. Ratings are weighted based on my expectations of each player, with a “B” grade representing average player performance.

Note: True Shooting Percentage (TS) is a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account three-pointers and free throws. The league average going into Monday’s games was 57.8%.

Draymond Green

35 minutes, 17 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals, 2 turnovers, 3 fouls, 5 of 7 shots, 2 of 3 threes, 5 of 6 free throws, 88.2% TS, -4

This game had pretty much everything you could want from Draymond. He anchored a defense that showed more grit than it has most of the year on the road, and put on a clinic with the passing game. Then, in the fourth quarter, a fan got into a fight with him, apparently going after Green about his Hall of Fame status.

Let me remind you of two things:

1) Draymond Green is unequivocally a Hall of Famer.

2) Trash talking him is never a smart idea.

He responded with 11 points in the fourth quarter, and completely dominated the frame. A mediocre first half is the only thing that prevents him from a perfect score.

Grade: A

Bonus after the game: He led the team in assists.

Kevon Looney

27 minutes, 2 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 4 fouls, 1-of-3 shooting, 33.7% TS, -2

Not a bad game for Looney, but not a particularly good one either. He made his mark in the first quarter, when he had four offensive rebounds to help the offense find its rhythm. Then it kind of disappeared.

Grade: B-

Bonus after the game: He led the team in rebounds.

Andrew Wiggins

32 minutes, 14 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 balance, 4 fouls, 6 of 15 shots, 1 of 6 threes, 1 of 1 free throws, 45.3% TS, -12

Wiggins’ offense has struggled a lot since returning to the lineup. Is he rusty after missing 15 games in a row? Are you weak after being sick for two weeks? Is it a mechanical problem after an injury?

Who knows. But he’s shot just 22-of-61 (36.1%) from the field and 5-of-26 (19.2%) from three in his four games.

However, he had very strong defensive possessions.

Grade: C+

Bonus after the game: Worst team plus/minus.

Steph Curry

38 minutes, 41 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 turnovers, 1 foul, 12 of 28 shots, 6 of 15 three-pointers, 11 of 12 free throws, 61.6% TS, +14

I think it’s safe to say Curry was pretty pissed off after his team-high eight turnover performance. fart from a loss on Sunday. In this one he came out with a vengeance, going down by 17 points in the first quarter alone. He then relaxed for a while and turned on the afterburners in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors pull away in the closing moments.

He showed his full bag in this one, and the attendance numbers don’t do his passing justice.

Grade: A

Bonus after the game: He led the team in scoring.

Jordan Poole

37 minutes, 32 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 4 turnovers, 3 fouls, 12 of 20 shots, 7 of 13 3-pointers, 1 of 1 free throws, 78.3% TS, -2

I don’t need to say anything about JP because his game spoke for him. While Curry dominated the first quarter and Green the closing quarter, Poole dominated the second quarter, en route to 26 points in the first half.

All I will say is this: When Poole is in the bag, there are few players in the league more fun to watch score the basketball.

Grade: A

Anthony Xai

25 minutes, 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 fouls, 4 of 5 shots, 2 of 2 threes, 100.0% TS, +36

With one starter (and perhaps the team’s hottest player right now) out in Klay Thompson, as well as three reliable bench players in Jonathan Kuminga, Andre Iguodala and JaMychal Green, the Warriors needed someone off the bench to climb and perform dynamically.

That someone was Anthony Lamb.

Grade: A+

Bonus after the game: He led the team in plus/minus.

Don DiVincenzo

27 minutes, 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 fouls, 5 of 9 shots, 0 of 4 threes, 1 of 1 free throws, 58.3% TS, +15

DiVincenzo has quickly become one of the team’s most consistent players. You know what you’re going to get with him every night: the kind of energy that ignites a bench unit, athleticism on the glass, tenacity on defense, a few stellar passes and some goals.

What a weapon it has become. One of the best signings in the league this offseason.

Grade: B+

You Jerome

14 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 fouls, 0-for-3 shooting, 0.0% TS, +2

I thought Jerome played much better than the stats would indicate. He doesn’t have much of a role on the team when Curry, Poole and DiVincenzo are healthy, but the minutes he played on this one were pretty strong. He made a lot of plays.

Grade: B+

Moses Moody

5 minutes, 0 points, 1 foul, 0-of-1 shooting, 0-of-1 3-pointers, 0.0% TS, -2

Good aggression but I would have liked to see him get more minutes.

Degree: B

Monday’s DNP: Patrick Baldwin Jr.

Inactive on Monday: JaMychal Green, Andre Iguodala, Jonathan Kuminga, Ryan Rollins, Klay Thompson, James Wiseman



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