On Saturday as the Golden State Warriors took on the Memphis Grizzlies in a matchup between two of the more highly thought of teams in the NBA, the Warriors were still without Andre Iguodala. Iguodala’s injury has had a negative effect on their team on both ends of the floor since he went down, even if it’s not been hugely detrimental.
The Warriors have still been a quality basketball team, which I feel I need to mention. However, they have been inconsistent on both the offensive and defensive side of the floor without Iggy on the floor. Against the Grizzlies, though, the Warriors looked much like the contender that many people were painting them to be coming into this season.
Golden State pretty easily handled the Grizzlies, holding the struggling and Marc Gasol-less Memphis team to only 82 points on the night and under 40 percent shooting from the field as a team while putting up 108 points and shooting 50 percent from the field themselves.
One of the biggest performances overall came from their star point guard, Stephen Curry. While Klay Thompson and David Lee were also big for Golden State, Curry ended the night with 22 points, 15 assists, six rebounds and one block in 45 minutes on the floor while shooting 7-16 from the floor. More impressively, he only hit two of his seven three-point attempts, which means he was helping the offensive in other ways.
What really stands out from Curry’s stat-line is his 15 assists. This Warriors team has been incredibly successful when Curry is facilitating at that level. He’s had nine or more assists in 10 of the 21 games that Golden State has played in this year and they have won eight of those contests, which is a pretty compelling case.
Obviously Curry’s scoring is equally important to the Warriors, but there is so much talent around him that it’s not surprising the Dubs are successful when he’s facilitating the offense. In essence, Curry really has to continue to contribute both scoring-wise and with his passing as this team rolls on if they want to reach the level that they plan to.