Player grades: Warriors vs. Kings
Assessing every Golden State player’s performance in the team’s 102-101 win over Sacramento.
Well, well, well. That sure was interesting! The Golden State Warriors played their worst game of the young season, but thanks to some late-game theatrics from Klay Thompson, they emerged with a 102-101 win over the Sacramento Kings.
It wasn’t pretty, at all. But all 30 teams have a plethora of ugly games, and last year the Warriors ugly games were almost all losses. An ugly win is still a win. And a win still makes the Dubs 4-1. And 4-1 still makes me happy.
There’s some red pen to use though, without a doubt. So let’s grade the players, weighing for our expectations of each player. As always, I grade with a “B” representing the average play for each player.
Note: True-shooting percentage (TS) is a scoring efficiency metric that accounts for threes and free throws. Last year, league-average TS was 58.1%.
28 minutes, 13 points, 2 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers, 1 foul, 4-for-7 shooting, 2-for-4 threes, 3-for-4 free throws, 74.2% TS, -5
I said it after his first game, I said it after his second game, and I’ll say it after his third game: Green’s energy and conditioning are both impressive, and telling. He’s full of life and bounce after missing all of training camp, which is both a testament to how hard he’s worked, and a sign as to how much he believes in this team’s potential.
He set the tone in this game with two early threes — not really the person you usually expect to set the tone from beyond the arc — then switched into a playmaker and defensive menace role.
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