Steph Curry, Jonathan Kuminga graded in Warriors win vs. Bulls

A day after suffering one of their worst losses of the season, the Golden State Warriors bounced back with one of their best wins of the year, destroying the Chicago Bulls from opening tip to final buzzer. The Dubs won all four quarters, including a 41-19 second frame, and went home with a 138-96 victory … not bad for a road game against the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Something tells me my job tonight will be more fun than it was Thursday, after Golden State suffered an embarrassing loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Now let’s go ahead and rate all the warriors, keeping in mind our expectations of each player.

Otto Porter Jr.

19 minutes, 9 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, 1 foul, 4 for 9 shots, 1 for 2 3, +24

Porter started in place of Draymond Green, and, um… are we sure it was Porter there? Because 9 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals is about as draymondian of a stat line as it gets. The fact that Porter racked up those tally stats in less than 20 minutes of action only makes him even more impressive.

He does just a bit of everything, which makes him a weapon when forced into the starting lineup, and a luxury when brought back to the bench.

Rating: A

Andrew Wiggins

28 minutes, 21 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 fouls, 8 for 11 shots, 3 for 5 3, 2 for 4 free throws, +18

It was Wiggins at his best. He took advantage of Steph Curry’s gravity, and found openings in the defense all night. He capitalized on open looks from a distance and attacked the rim when no one was home. And when the defense paid attention to him, he broke a season-high 6 assists, with no turnovers.


Rating: A+

Kevon Looney

24 minutes, 10 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 fouls, shooting 4 for 5, free throws 2 for 2, +16

Looney’s rebound was a huge problem for Chicago all night, especially since half of his dozen boards came from the offensive side. Granted, Looney’s counterpart Nikola Vučević also had a solid game, with 19 effective points and 14 rebounds, but hey…he’s an All-Star. Sometimes the All-Stars do that.

All in all, just an outstanding game from Looney, who remains incredibly underrated.

Rating: A

Post-match bonus: Led the team in rebounds.

Steph Curry

28 minutes, 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 7 for 15 shots, 4 for 10 threes, 1 for 2 free throws, +24

It wasn’t exactly a vintage performance from Curry, but it was definitely nice to see him hit a good percentage of his jumpers, compete with his cocky, playful swagger, and look totally in control of the game. Been a bit absent lately.

Grade: B+

Jordan Poole

29 minutes, 22 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 fouls, 8 for 19 shots, 5 for 9 threes, 1 for 1 free throws, +38

Just an exquisite return to the starting lineup for Poole. After Wiggins and Curry took control of the second quarter to give the Dubs a massive lead, Poole played a huge role in keeping the lead laughable in the second half.

When his three balls drop, Poole is simply a dynamic player, able to control the game with a nice back-and-forth style.

Rating: A

Post-match bonus: Led the team more/less.

Nemanja Bjelica

24 minutes, 6 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block, 2 fouls, shooting 3 for 5, 0 for 2 threes, +26

Bjelica’s total package, who attacked the glass relentlessly, kept the ball moving beautifully and played good positions at both ends of the pitch. On a day when Jonathan Kuminga pleaded to start stealing Bjeli’s minutes, Bjelica also declared a pretty impressive case to keep them.

Rating: A+

Post-match bonus: Led the team in assists.

Jonathan Kuminga

26 minutes, 25 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 5 fouls, 10-for-12, 2-for-4 3, 3-for-4 free throws, +22

And now we come to the star of the show. Something tells me there are many more games like this in Kuminga’s future.

The rookie showed up and showed up, contributing to the monstrous half-time lead and then absolutely taking over in the second half.

He displayed the grips to get past any defender and the athleticism to finish on the edge in a variety of ways. He was graceful and gentle, but also energetic and aggressive. His jumper continues to look better with each game and, save for the handful of fouls, his defense looked not only passable, but weapon-like.

It wasn’t just a game that let us dream about Kuminga’s future. It was a game that allowed us to ogle the present.

Rating: A++

Post-match bonus: Led the team in points.

Andre Iguodala

11 minutes, 5 points, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover, 1 for 3 shots, 1 for 2 threes, 2 for 2 free throws, +12

To have 3 assists in 11 minutes is impressive. To have 5 actions in 11 minutes is exceptional.

But Iguodala gets its stellar rating for one reason and one reason only: truly one of the greatest passes you’ll have never see.

Rating: A+

Juan Toscano Anderson

14 minutes, 7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 3 for 6 shots, 1 for 3 3, +8

It was a sign of the Warriors’ quality of play that JTA’s performance went entirely unnoticed (it was also mostly in garbage time). Toscano-Anderson played very well, but in a game of dominance, “very well” doesn’t always stand out.

Category B

Damion Lee

27 minutes, 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 1 foul, shot 4 for 8, 1 for 4 threes, 2 for 2 free throws, +20

Any other night it would have been a standout performance off the bench. Which means Lee should be proud of it and we should be happy about it. It wasn’t notable in a 42-point win, but Lee did some good things on the court.

Grade: B+

Chris Chiozza

12 minutes, 3 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 turnover, 1 foul, shot 1v1, 3v1, +2

For the second game in a row, Chiozza got an extended run due to a result that was determined long before the start of the fourth quarter.

Guess he enjoyed this one more than the Milwaukee one, though.

Category B

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

Friday inactives: Draymond Green, Moses Moody, Gary Payton II, Klay Thompson, Quinndary Weatherspoon, James Wiseman

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