Three takeaways from Opening Night in the NBA
The NBA season has returned and if you were watching one of the more popular World Series in my lifetime, MFST has your NBA action covered.
1. Don’t worry about the Spurs
The loss of Tim Duncan may hurt in the locker room, but this team is talented and can threaten any team in the West. Tuesday night the Spurs went into Oracle Arena and slapped Kevin Durant and the Warriors around. This was an old-school beatdown. In a game where the Warriors had the winners of the last three MVP awards, Kawhi Leonard was the best player on the court — a career-high 35 points on 21 shots, he got to the line 15 times, and he had five steals. This is officially Kawhi’s team.
2. Golden State needs more help than “chemistry”
Everyone has agreed, it will take time for the Warriors to gel as a unit, but that’s not their only problem. Their defense is atrocious. The Spurs scored at a ridiculous 125.9 points per 100 possessions pace, because literally half of their shot attempts were uncontested (according to the NBA.com player tracking stats). San Antonio had an eFG% of 54.1, and the Spurs grabbed the offensive rebound on 41.2 percent of their shots when they did miss. If the Warriors can’t find a suitable rim protector, they will run into trouble–especially in the playoffs.
3. The Trail Blazers could have the best back-court in the NBA
Damian Lillard came into this season saying he wanted to be MVP, and on opening night he put up those kinds of numbers — 39 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and he led his team to an opening night win against Utah. C.J. McCollum scored 25 points, shooting 8-of-16 from the field. He hit both of his 3-pointers, 7-of-7 from the line and added three assists, two rebounds and one steal. They have issues defensively, specifically defending the pick-n-roll, but I don’t see many NBA defenses stopping that duo this year.
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