Opening night between these two greats shows why Curry’s team is on top these days.
Despite Curry’s slow start with 33 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Golden State Warriors James and The Los Angeles Lakers 123-109 Tuesday night after receiving championship rings in a preliminary ceremony.
“I’m happy with the win,” said coach Steve Kerr. “Ring Night is not an easy game and the first game of the season is usually filled with some nerves.”
Jordan Poole The driver made a beautiful bounce pass Draymond Green Two weeks after Poole’s green punched in practice on the 5th, all seemed right with the defending champions. Poole finished with 12 points and seven assists.
“We went in there and we had a job to do to win a game tonight,” Poole said when asked if he and Green had healed. “It was a ring night and that’s what we focused on finishing the first game. It was a huge win against a good team.
“They’re always better in that third quarter, and they made this transition into a powerhouse team,” James said. “You always have to be ready for the third quarter, and we weren’t tonight.”
Curry missed his first five 3-pointers and finished 10 for 13, 4 of 22 from deep.
Clay Thompson He scored 18 points in 20 minutes for the Warriors, who celebrated the franchise’s fourth title in eight years.
“It’s a lot of fun to be a part of and a lot of fun to watch,” Poole said. “… these guys have played at the highest level time and time again.”
Kerr limited the minutes of both Thompson and Green, who were sidelined until last Thursday. Kerr said he will increase Thompson’s minutes each game as a precaution following his January return from more than 2 1/2 years out from surgery on his left knee and right heel.
Players Center James Wiseman After the 2019-20 rookie season, he recovered from right knee surgery and made his first appearance after sitting out all of last season. He had eight points and seven rebounds.
The Lakers’ 22 turnovers led to 27 Warriors points.
“Whether you make a shot or miss a shot, you turn the ball over, whatever, you have to have a little memory and immediately go to the next play,” first-year Los Angeles coach Darwin Hamm said. “It has to be in our fabric, not just against Golden State, but against the entire league.”
Hamm was excited to represent Saginaw, Michigan in his coaching debut — and proud that it’s Green’s hometown.
“I’m excited to see a kid who represents the city of Saginaw, Michigan, play some good basketball and play at a high level his entire career in Draymond Green,” Hamm said. “Now they’re looking at another kid who’s the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s a great night for Saginaw.”
Lakers: F Juan Toscano-Anderson Received a championship ring from his former team, becoming the first player to accept the sparkling jewelry. … Patrick Beverley Picked up his third foul with 5:46 left in the first half and made 1 of 5 three-point shots. … c Thomas Bryant He underwent surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and is scheduled to be re-evaluated by team doctors in about three weeks. “He came in and it bothered him. The way he plays, setting screens, diving down the floor, rumble tumble kind of big, really providing physicality, it could have happened anywhere,” Hamm said. Looking forward.”
Warriors: The Warriors have won three straight against the Lakers. … Golden State is 6-1 in home openers after a championship season. … f Andre Iguodala The starter has been inactive as the Warriors monitor the 38-year-old forward’s playing time at the start of his 19th season and monitor his nagging left groin.
Lakers: Host the Clippers in their home opener on Thursday.
Warriors: host Denver in a rematch of the first round of this year’s playoffs, handing their lone loss to the Warriors last Friday.
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