Steph Curry and Jordan Poole ranked in Warriors vs Spurs

In front of a record crowd at the Alamodome on Friday night, the Golden State Warriors had their best road game of the season, beating the San Antonio Spurs 144-113.

It was a lot of fun and most players deserve praise for their performance. So let’s do just that, noting performance. As always, we rate against each player’s expectations, with a ‘B’ rating representing that player’s average performance.

Note: True Shot Percentage (TS) is a measure of scoring efficiency that factors in threes and free throws. Going into Friday’s games, the league average was 57.7%.

Draymond Green

29 minutes, 6 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 3 fouls, shooting 3 for 5, 0 for 1 three, 60.0% TS, +20

A clinic in Draymond. It felt like every shot taken by Spurs was challenged by Dray and rebounded by Dray, resulting in a counter-attack led by Dray.

In my eyes, Green is the most important player on the team for this five-game road trip. The Warriors are third in the league in home defense and 29th on the road. If they want to overturn their road issues – it was only their fourth win in 20 road games – it starts with defense. And as long as Dray is a warrior, their defense begins with him.

Rating: A

Post-match bonus: Tied for team leader over/under.

Kevon Looney

21 minutes, 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 turnovers, 3 fouls, shooting 6 for 7, free throws 2 for 3, 84.1% TS, +6

Looney has seen his minutes drop a bit since Andre Iguodala’s return, even with JaMychal Green and James Wiseman sidelined. It seems that Steve Kerr feels more comfortable going to small ball when Iguodala is around.

But Looney remains fantastic in the minutes he allowed. When the Warriors grew small, they flourished. And when they got big, Looney was there to score efficiently, gobble up rebounds and play solid defense (Jakob Pöltl only shot 2-for-9). The fact that he had the worst plus/minus on the team is not an indictment against him, just a sign of what lineups worked best against San Antonio.

Rating: A

Post-match bonus: The worst plus/minus of the team.

Andre Wiggins

27 minutes, 16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, 3 fouls, 7 for 17 shots, 2 for 8 3, 47.1% TS, +18

Wiggins struggled a bit with his efficiency, but I still thought it was his best game since returning to the lineup. The scoreline may have been a little off, but he was aggressive in all facets of the game and played exquisite defense.

Grade: B+

Steph Curry

23 minutes, 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 3 fouls, 6 for 12 shots, 2 for 7 3, 1 for 1 free throws, 60.3% TS, +12

It’s pretty hilarious that Curry can score 15 points in just 23 minutes, with efficiency well above league average, and the first thought we all have is “well, he’s still shaking off the rust.”

But that’s how good it is. The trio of assists doesn’t accurately describe the quality of his quarterback, although the donut in the turnover column does.

Pay attention, people. He just warmed up.

Category B

Klay Thompson

23 mins, 16 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover, 3 fouls, shooting 7-for-10, 2-for-3 threes, 80.0% TS, +19

Klay had arguably the most important performance of this game. Outside of the first two minutes, the only time the Warriors didn’t feel in control of the game was at the start of the second half. The Dubs had a few turnovers in the first minute (one was admittedly from Thompson), and the Spurs made a few shots. It felt like San Antonio was about to enter the game.

And then Klay turned it on and quickly ended all the hopes and dreams that San Antonio had.

One of his best performances of the year. He really finds his rhythm.

Rating: A+

Andre Iguodala

18 minutes, 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 1 foul, 2 for 3 shots, 1 for 2 3, 83.3% TS, +16

Iguodala’s third game of the season was undoubtedly his best. He showed he still had some athleticism and he showed he could still play defensively. More importantly, he showed that a small ball team featuring him can still thrive. And, as was the case in his first two games, he is proving to those who thought he was just a glorified assistant coach that he will play real minutes.

Rating: A-

Antoine Lamb

24 minutes, 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover, 4 fouls, shooting 5 for 7, 3 for 4 threes, 92.9% TS, +18

Honestly, I was surprised that Lamb only got “three shots” from downtown, because he felt like he had at least five. He made a huge difference in the first half as the Warriors turned a small lead into a blowout.

Fouls aren’t ideal, and a sign of being out of position at times, but everything else about his game was absolutely fantastic.

Rating: A

Donte Di Vincenzo

25 minutes, 22 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 7 for 17 shots, 4 for 12 threes, 4 for 4 free throws, 58.4% TS, +20

Anyone still doubt DiVincenzo’s addition in the offseason? No?

I did not mean it.

It was fitting for DDV to show up at the Alamodome, the same venue where he put on an incredible performance while leading Villanova to an NCAA championship. He did everything in this game. Seriously, everything.

Rating: A

Post-match bonus: Tied for best team plus/minus.

Jordan Poole

31 minutes, 25 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 4 fouls, 8 for 16 shots, 2 for 6 threes, 7 for 8 free throws, 64.0% TS, +19

The team DiVincenzo faced in that national championship game at the Alamodome? Poole’s Michigan team. It was therefore normal that they were the two top scorers in this match. Some things make sense.

This contest was everything you think of when you picture a great performance from Poole. It was both flashy and substantial. He’s so much fun.

JP was so efficient, while putting on a show with a brilliant upside game. When the defense cut off all three from him, he drove. When they cut the way, he backed off. When they removed his shot, he found the man cut open.

Bright.

Rating: A+

Post-match bonus: Led the team in points and assists.

Moses Moody

18 mins, 12 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 4-for-7 shooting, 2-for-5 threes, 2-for-4 free throws, 68.5% TS, +7

I thought it was one of the best games of Moody’s career, period.

I often point out that Moody doesn’t do much, for better or for worse. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, but he doesn’t make a lot of plays either. In this game he changed the latter… while keeping the former. He was aggressive on offense, not only settling for three, but penetrating, making contact, finishing and finding open teammates. And he did everything without committing a reversal or a fault.

More of this, please!

Rating: A

Friday inactives: Patrick Baldwin Jr., JaMychal Green, Ty Jerome, Jonathan Kuminga, Ryan Rollins, James Wiseman

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