Last night, the Golden State Warriors had their season opener in Oakland and squared off against last season's second seeded Western Conference team, the New Orleans Hornets.
Golden State was off to a good start. They scored numerous points in the first quarter, and kept the Hornets away from causing too much trouble. It surprised the fans and the Hornets themselves who were heavy favorites coming into the game.
Hornets superstar guard Chris Paul played only half of the quarter where the Warriors did the damage.
Unfortunately for Golden State, Paul came back into the game and the Hornets went into a run to get back into the game and be down by only one at the half.
At this time of the game, Stephen Jackson had yet to sit down and has played all twenty four minutes. You could see him throw up some desperation shots and get a bit lazier as the game went on.
Undrafted rookie DeMarcus Nelson started the game, but played less than twenty minutes. Kelenna Azubuike played the majority of the bench time.
The only other player besides Azubuike and the starters to play for the Warriors was Ronny Turiaf, and most of the reason he played was because Andris Biedrins was in foul trouble for most of the game.
CJ Watson did play, but not for more than a minute.
When the second half started, the players look fresh, but as the game wound down, you could tell that they were fatigued, especially Stephen Jackson who played every single minute of the game.
The Warriors lost because of some careless plays in the end of the game, but did better than many expected.
As for the seven man rotation, it did not work last season, but it seems like coach Don Nelson is insisting on it.
Brandan Wright, Marco Belinelli, Marcus Williams, and rookie Anthony Randolph did not get to step out on the floor for more than seconds to support the team during timeouts.
It was sad to see. Signing Nelson to an extension wasn't the best choice if the team is in rebuilding mode.
The young players will not be able to gain experience and will most likely want out of Golden State sooner or later because of limited playing time.
I know it's only one game, but it ticks me off as a fan to see this happen. Hopefully, Nelson plays the young guns the next game and doesn't wear out the players before the mid point of the season.