Saturday night the Warriors lost by 9 to the Kobe-less, Gasol-less, Nash-less Lakers in both team’s first preseason game. What did we learn? Not much other than David Lee and Andrew Bogut still have their summer tans in good form. There was a lot of rust to shake off and a lot of minutes played by each team’s bench.
It was primarily a battle of role players and second unity guys where Laker guard Xavier Henry brought his A game on his way to game high honors of 29 points.
In this game that was more like a scrimmage at times, Kent Bazemore air balled a free thow and Klay Thompson showed more bounce with a nice fastbreak dunk. Bogut looked to be in great shape and health as he was inhaling rebounds and more than once would push the break himself after grabbing the board.
The Warriors have six more preseason games in which they’ll travel to Beijing and Shanghai China to play the Lakers
two more times before they tip the season off against the purple and gold on Oct. 30.
These teams will be seeing a lot of each other in the next month so Coach Mark Jackson and company will get their shot at revenge soon enough.
Jackson will be tinkering with the starting lineup rotating Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala in the shooting guard and small forward positions.
Thompson came off the bench Saturday night.
The Warriors will take on the Kings in the battle of Nor Cal, Monday (10/7) night at Oracle. (7:30 pm)
The game will be nationally televised on NBA TV and locally broadcasted on CSNBayHD and KNBR 680 AM.