For the Golden State Warriors, the win last night over the Detroit Pistons wasn’t perfect.
Their superstar, Stephen Curry, struggled to shoot the ball as effectively as he normally does.
Their defensive anchor, Andrew Bogut, who had been out the past seven games with an injured left shoulder, wasn’t the dominant, defensive center that he normally is.
Their double-double machine, David Lee, was out with the flu.
However, the Warriors found a way to win because of their bench. The Warriors’ bench production has been heavily criticized this season, but in the past few games, the bench has made significant contributions to the Warriors’ wins.
On February 20th, the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 102-99. Steve Blake made his Warriors’ debut during that game.
Although he scored just three points, Blake admirably led the second unit in the Warriors’ win, despite not having even one practice or shootaround under his belt.
Jordan Crawford also contributed to the Warriors’ win over the Rockets with his 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting.
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