After a stunning opening video montage and player introductions filled with fireworks, pyrotechnics and lasers, sixth man Brandon Rush’s nasty first-quarter knee injury sucked the air out of Oracle arena and cast a pall over much of the evening. The game went on—albeit with a gloomy air hanging in the smoky rafters.
With Rush’s injury clearly on their minds, the Warriors scrapped hard against a superior Memphis Grizzlies team, ultimately falling 104-94.
It was a gritty game, and the Warriors definitely put forth real effort, but issues with lineups, blown defensive assignments and, most of all, offensive stagnation resulted in defeat.
Nonetheless, there was plenty to learn from the Warriors’ home opener, both good and bad. Going forward, the Dubs’ first game at Oracle provides a pretty solid case study in exactly what the team is doing right. More important, is what they’re doing wrong.
Using the game to look ahead at the issues facing the Warriors this season, let’s break down the five things we learned from Golden State’s home opener.