Steph Curry and the Warriors ranked in Game 2 against the Mavs

Steph Curry and the Warriors ranked in Game 2 against the Mavs

Well, it was a basketball game we won’t soon forget. The Golden State Warriors had an abysmal first half against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, at one point trailing 19 points. But they overcame the big deficit and in doing so arrogantly defeated the Mavs 126-117.

It’s a 2-0 lead for the Dubs, but the next two wins won’t be easy at all.

But we don’t have to worry about that yet. For now, we’re only worried about the magnificent victory… and the players who achieved it. And that means grabbing the red pen and handing out marks — some good, some bad — for the Warriors who took the field on Friday. As always, the ratings are weighted according to our expectations of each player.

Note: League average true shot percentage (TS) was 56.6% this season

Draymond Green

28 mins, 6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 turnovers, 6 fouls, 2 for 6 shots, 1 for 2 threes, 1 for 2 free throws, 43.6% TS, -19

The series continues!

Other than that, it was quite a tough match for Dray, for a number of reasons. He was at fault for most of the night and committed his fifth foul midway through the third quarter, which put him out until halfway through the fourth. And then he made a mistake on his return.

He also had a technical foul and flirted with a second technical foul a lot time. Give him credit for avoiding a second technical foul, but had the refs decided to give him one (there was a classic double-tech moment when he got into a fight with Dorian Finney-Smith, but somehow they only gave Finney-Smith technology), no one but Warriors fans would have found it unjustified.

Green cannot put himself at the discretion of the referees in such a critical game. They gave him plenty of rope on Friday, thankfully, but he can’t assume they’ll continue.

It wasn’t his best defensive performance either. Remember, “not his best defensive performance” is always a very good defense when it comes to Draymond Freaking Green, but overall he didn’t look like the star player he is.

Rating: C-

Post-match bonus: Tied for team leader in assists, team’s worst plus/minus.

Andre Wiggins

38 mins, 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, 4 fouls, 5 for 14 shots, 3 for 5 3, 3 for 6 free throws, 48.1% TS, +16

A fairly ineffective night of scoring from Wiggins, who tried to recreate his first-half brilliance from the opener but was unable to do so.

I will say Wiggins did a better job defending Luka Dončić than any of the other Warriors, but Dončić still ended up with a very effective 42 points and eight assists with just two turnovers.

Quality passing, and Wiggins has been doing a great job lately taking care of the basketball. But ultimately not a very good game on his part.

Grade: C+

Post-match bonus: Tied for team leader in assists.

Kevon Looney

32 minutes, 21 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 foul, 10 for 14 shots, 1 for 1 free throws, 72.7% TS, +9

Was it the best game of Looney’s life? It very well could have been.

I think it’s fair enough to say it was the best offensive game of his life. He had a career points high, but his goalscoring madness goes beyond that.

There’s not much to say about Looney, truth be told, because the numbers really tell the story. He dominated from the inside, scoring consistently on the inside and containing the Dallas offense. He did very well when he switched to Dončić. He had 21 rebounds – the Mavs, as a team, only had 30.

And when Green got in trouble and sat in Looney’s place, the Warriors played better basketball.

Just a sensational display for someone who has been waiting a long time to receive their flowers.

Rating: A+

Post-match bonus: Led the team in rebounds.

Steph Curry

37 minutes, 32 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 turnovers, 4 fouls, 11 for 21 shots, 6 for 10 threes, 4 for 4 free throws, 70.3% TS, +15

Watch out world, Steph Curry is learning to shoot free throws. Now is the total package!

Kidding aside, it was a pretty epic game from Curry. He was the only Warrior to make an attack in the team’s dismal first half and almost single-handedly put together a run late in the second quarter to give the team some life and strength. momentum before the break.

And in the second half, he started dancing to it, before launching into the kill.

Steph vs. Luka is a battle for the ages, and I’m so glad we get to watch it. I am also very happy that we are on Steph’s side.

Rating: A

Post-match bonus: Led the team in points, tied for team leader in assists.

Klay Thompson

37 minutes, 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 fouls, 6 for 10 shots, 1 for 4 threes, 2 for 2 free throws, 68.9% TS, -9

Despite his jump shot not falling, Klay still managed to have an incredibly effective goal night. It was a great display of quality shot selection and aggressive drives to the hoop for Thompson, and the latter resulted in a handful of clutch buckets in the second half.

That said, his defense was really bad in this game. He was set on fire by Dončić – and yes, everyone does, but Klay was really struggling to force Dončić away from the places he wanted to be. And Thompson’s defense wasn’t very good against other players either.

Category B-

Post-match bonus: Tied for team leader in assists.

Otto Porter Jr.

24 minutes, 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 4 for 4 shots, 1 for 3, 2 for 3 free throws, 103.4% TS, +11

I really, really, really don’t want to think about where the Warriors would be if OPJ was still sidelined with his foot pain.

What’s there to say that I haven’t said a million times already? He keeps the offense flowing, plays quality defense no matter who he comes at, attacks the glass relentlessly and makes his shots.

He’s just a dream actor.

Rating: A+

Damion Lee

5 mins, 0 points, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 0 for 2 shots, 0 for 2 threes, 0.0% TS, -12

Lee is not supposed to play right now. But Andre Iguodala and Gary Payton II are injured, and Porter probably isn’t ready to play 30 minutes, so Steve Kerr turned to Lee.

It didn’t work in this game. It didn’t work at all, because Lee was pretty awful in his first pass, and Kerr never came back to him.

Rating: D-

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

Jordan Poole

29 minutes, 23 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, 2 fouls, 7 for 10 shots, 2 for 4 threes, 7 for 7 free throws, 87.9% TS, +26

I said after Game 1 that the Mavs were a little helpless against a player like Poole, who can score by stepping back for a three or blasting his way to the hoop.

It was on full display Friday, with Poole playing with the Dallas defense, seeing what actions they would stop, then punishing them with different actions.

He was totally in control and just seemed to be playing on an entirely different level than the Mavericks defensemen.

It helps that the defense is still hyper-focused on Curry and Thompson, but Poole shone even when those two players were on the bench. He’s the real deal…and more.

Rating: A+

Post-match bonus: Tied for team leader in assists, best team plus/minus.

Moses Moody

10 mins, 2 points, 1 assist, 1 foul, 1v1 shot, 100.0% TS, +8

Moody got Lee’s second half minutes and I think it’s safe to say he’s going to get Lee’s 3 game minutes as well.

If you weren’t paying close attention, you wouldn’t have noticed Moody was in the game. That’s a good thing. He played error-free, which is the biggest thing the Warriors expect from him, and an incredibly rare thing to find in a rookie.

Rating: A-

Friday DNPs: Nemanja Bjelica, Jonathan Kuminga, Juan Toscano-Anderson

Friday inactives: Andre Iguodala, Gary Payton II, James Wiseman

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