The Golden State Warriors opened up the 2012-2013 NBA season on Wednesday night in Phoenix against the Suns. It was the first time the Warriors full starting lineup had been healthy and while the starters struggled at times, the team as a whole was impressive. The Warriors defeated the Suns by a final score of 87-85
After not playing at all together last season, this year's Warriors starting five got some time on the court together in Phoenix. Stephen Curry, David Lee, and Andrew Bogut all are back from off-season surgeries. It was Bogut's first action ever in a Warriors uniform as he was acquired mid-season last year from the Bucks in exchange for Monta Ellis, but was injured at the time and sat out the remainder of the year.
None of the starters seemed to get into any type of groove in this game. Curry shot an abysmal 2-14 from the floor and missed on all six of this three point attempts. Lee struggled equally as much shooting 2-16 and finishing with only six points. The only starter in double figures was Klay Thompson with 16, but his 6-16 shooting and four turnovers were not impressive.
The bench depth of the Warriors really shined through in this first game, and it will likely be the Warriors strong suit throughout the remainder of the season. The bench outscored the starters 46-41. Led by 17 from offseason acquisition Carl Landry, 14 from Brandon Rush, and 10 points and seven assists from another offseason acquisition in Jarrett Jack, this Warriors bench was impressive all night.
While coach Mark Jackson cannot be happy with the output of his starting five, the fact that his bench performed so well and they were still able to get the victory on the road with their starters offensive woes has to be encouraging.
Golden State opens up their home schedule tonight in Oakland as they face the Memphis Grizzlies at 10:30 EST/7:30 PST
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