Saturday night was easy work for the Warriors, as they beat the Pistons, 118-91, pulling ahead early and never looking back.
They built their lead on defense, holding Detroit to 34.1 % shooting. That led to fantastic offense, with 19 first-half assists. For the game, the Pistons shot just 37.7% and Golden State ended up with 34 dimes.
But coach Steve Kerr still found one aspect of the stat sheet that’s concerning. Leave it to a three-time champion head coach, and a five-time champion NBA player to find a flaw in a seemingly flawless night.
Here’s what he found, per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Golden State shot 22 fewer free throws than the Pistons, who shot 32 and made 24. The Warriors converted just 7 from the charity stripe. Excessive fouls have been a season-long concern, but Golden State still came close to its ideal formula for winning ballgames in beating the Pistons. That would be playing sound defense, rebounding included, so they can get out and run in the open floor for easy offense.
The Warriors won the rebounding battle, 47-39, in another positive step. Kerr had just one aspect of this game to fret about, and perhaps Golden State can put a perfect game together soon. They’ll have a chance when they take on the Celtics on Tuesday, in what will be a formidable test.
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