FRESNO Yes, it was just the first preseason game, and, no,the Lakers didnt play their starters at all in the second half. Still, theWarriors looked pretty good against the Lakers substitutes and ended up with a110-83 blowout victory at the Save Mart Center.At one point in the second half, the Warriors scored 35consecutive points. Yes, thats right: 35 consecutive points, turning adouble-digit deficit into a 93-66 lead.Andrew Bogut, Stephen Curry and rookie Draymond Green allsat out for the Warriors. Lakers center Dwight Howard didnt play at all forthe Lakers, and starters Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace and PauGasol didnt play the final 24 minutes.Here are some takeaways from the win:--Harrison Barnes didnt seem to show any first-game nerves.He was aggressive at the offensive end and got some things done. Barnes,considered more of a shooter than a driver, had three buckets in the first half and all came after putting the ball on the floor and getting into the lane.Barnes wound up with 13 points in 24 minutes.It feels good, Barnes said. Obviously, the biggest thing,for me, that I realized is to slow down. I had so many emotions going on withit being my first NBA experience. It moves really fast out there, so it waslike slow down, breathe and it will be all right.--It didnt take long for Klay Thompson to unveil a littlemore of his game. Thompson, primarily an outside shooter in his rookie season,went to the bucket three straight times early in the game on Bryant, andfinished on two of them.Thompson was the Warriors best offensive player on Sundaynight, finishing with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting.I was taking what the defense was giving me, Thompsonsaid. If they were playing up on my shot, drive. Kobe cant move his feet asmuch as he used to so I got into the paint and made some plays.Would Thompson have done that a year ago?Not as effectively, no, he answered. But Ive gottenstronger, worked on my quickness. I would have tried but I wouldnt have gottenthose results.--With Bogut not playing, the center duties fell to rookieFestus Ezeli and Andris Biedrins though neither of them stood out in thefirst half. Biedrins went scoreless and rebound-less in six first-half minutes,and Ezeli had just two points and one rebound in 10-plus first halfminutes.Ezeli looked like a different player in the second half,however. He had a couple of scores inside one on a nice reverse layup and theother on a nice post-up half-hook.He also made more of an impact at the defensive end,contesting shots and rebounding better.Thats who he is, Jackson said. Understand its his firstgame. Its a whole new experience. Were not asking him to do anything he cantdo. Be physical, protect the paint, rebound the basketball, finish at the rim.In the second half he was true to himself
Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.
Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.
"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks.
And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.
We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.
Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.
Thank you for listening."
The Warriors' next three home games are:
1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)
Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.
After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.
History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.
Warriors by 8.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.
Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.
Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.
The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?
DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.
ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.