Don't Make Me Use The Bat
apologies to Papa for the typo on his name. I know how to spell it (Papa...Giannis).
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Afflalo ( INC ) -- was not off to a good start (D-ish?) and then suddenly disappeared before half with an injury. Combined with Malachi, we now have SIX of our small forwards/guards down, leaving a grand total of 3 guys for 3 positions. That's not going to work.
Cousins ( C+ ) -- tough to grade because he abruptly ran out of gas after half, and the good stuff suddenly ended. But played a strong/solid first half, picked the Warriors apart with passes, got Draymond to throw himself our of the game just before half after a flailing falling +1 play, not dominant, but good enough as we took a lead into half. By the third though was moving at half speed.
Koufos ( C ) -- limited productivity and missed his shots before getting in foul trouble One inspired play with a big block with the bad hand on Curry however.
McLemore ( C- ) -- during the first half hit some more threes for us, and added some more of the improved boardwork. but Klay lit him up all night, and when the third hit, the wheels came completely off as Ben and DC looked completely panicked and helpless. End of the debacle got so bad Ben and Malachi were the backcourt and swapping off "PG" duties.
Collison ( C- ) -- actually may have outplayed the pretty boy in the first half, getting into the paint repeatedly and scooting to the rim for layups, but collapsed, and completely and devastatingly, in the 3rd. We have no other PGs, and DC suddenly lost the ability to bring the ball over halfcourt or make the simplest pass without throwing it to a Warrior.
Barnes ( B ) -- played a strong first half already juggling multiple roles as our hustler, Durant defender, backup PG and main rebounder. But when after half Afflalo went down and Barnes had to add starting SF to the pile of other responsibilities, not nearly as effective and struggled mightily on offense in the pivotal 3rd.
Cauley Stein ( B- ) -- not sure I was as totally in love with this game as some, but the potential of it was attention grabbing, as Willie was often acting like an offensive goto guy...without the ability to consistently hit those shots. Might have been better defensively on the perimeter than inside this time.
Tolliver ( D- ) -- was back in full sucktastic mode all night long this time -- wasn't just a second half thing. Release was too slow on his threes, and the Warriors challenged them all, so he missed almost all of them. When he came in in the 3rd, the Warriors blew up. Gets some grade for some offensive boards he normally won't get.
Richardson ( B ) -- I liked his game a lot before we got screwed by yet another hamstring injury. (What? Do we not stretch?) Used his reach for his career best rebound game, made a lot of good moves on offense, not enough of which fell, but the moves were pro. Defensively was a mixed bag, with some saavy plays and competitive challenges, and too many fouls.
Labissiere ( D ) -- easily crossed my grading threshhold with 9+min of action, and this was the worse we've seen him. Floated about, did not battle on the glass.
Papagiannis ( INC ) -- moved better than we have seen him move