After being blown out by the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night, the Golden State Warriors returned home to Oracle Arena to do some blowing out of their own against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
The Warriors got out to a hot start, dominating the first quarter and outscoring the Pistons 35-16. From there it was all downhill, as Golden State won three out of the four quarters and beat Detroit in every facet of the game. With every single Warrior getting on the score sheet, even third-string center Ognjen Kuzmic getting his two points and one block in five minutes of play, the Warriors were on a roll.
It also doesn’t help Detroit when your “so-called” star power forward, Josh Smith, goes for two points on 1-of-6 shooting from the field. Stephen Curry also returned to All-Star form as he went for 25 points to accompany his eight assists.
As the Pistons never led throughout the entirety of the game and were down by as much as 29 points at times in the third quarter, this game was just simply out of reach.
For the Warriors, this was a step in the right direction. And truly they should be ousting their opponents like this on a consistent basis, considering all the young talent they have on their roster. As for the Pistons, this is an opportunity to regroup. They need to reevaluate their approach and figure out how they lost a game by the end of the first quarter.
The Warriors will face a true test in the form of the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow night at home, and this will show if they’re ready to compete with the big dogs of the West. The Pistons will have an opportunity to redeem themselves as well, as their next three opponents all having losing records and have been facing the same sort of early season troubles as they have.
Furthermore, I expect the Warriors continue on their road of success while the Pistons continue to crumble. When the Warriors will be looking forward toward their next playoff opponent come April, the Pistons will be watching from home.