Oakland, CA -- The Nuggets came into Oakland and took it to the Warriors Tuesday night behind Kenneth Faried's 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Steph Curry had 14 points and 7 assists including a couple nice moves. The first came when Faried came to help on a drive by Curry, Curry gave him an in-n-out move and cruised to an easy layup. The second came when Speights gave a little rub-screen for Curry, and Curry bounced him a behind-the-back pass for a layup. He's showing he's still flashy and still can shoot the ball though he was just 1-8 from three tonight.
Klay Thompson shot 1 for 8 on the game and really struggled in his shot. It's just preseason so it's not shocking that struggles will come but with someone who normally has a shot so precise and accurate hopefully for the Warriors' sake, Thompson's struggles won't continue.
"A little bit of it is just preseason but that shouldn't be an excuse. Teams are scoring way too easy on us," said Klay Thompson.
Lottery-pick point guard Emmanual Mudiay scored 16 points along with 9 assists to lead this young and explosive Nuggets team. Jameer Nelson came off the bench to score 16 points in 18 minutes.
Injury Note: Harrison Barnes left the game in the second quarter and did not return. He left with a knee sprain.
Head Coach Steve Kerr is still day-to-day with a back injury, and interim head coach Luke Walton is heading the Warriors team and even talked a little bit about it after the game.
"I think it's going as good as it could go. Obviously losing Steve and our leader is tough but the guys being defending champions could have gone cruise control until Steve gets back but they've worked hard and continue to get better off of last year," said Luke Walton.
"We pretty much have the same core team as last year so we're able to as a unit continue to grow and move forward and not have to worry about that."
The Warriors surely miss Steve, but the actual offense is more of a continuing flow, and with one of the game's best leaders in Stephen Curry, they can still run plays and Curry can still call plays. The beauty of having veteran leadership is in times like these when the head coach isn't present.
The Warriors continue their preseason action against the Rockets on Thursday. Curry - Harden show will be in full effect. It's always a fun matchup between them as Harden and Curry both bring such dynamic offensive play styles. Harden is incredible at getting to the rim and Curry is obviously the best shooter in the game.