Under Review: Warriors fatten themselves up with wins over Hawks, Cavs

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After rampaging through the south, putting boots to backsides in Atlanta, the Warriors headed north, to Cleveland, a place of fond memories, where they laid to rest the dismembered Cavaliers.

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Are the Warriors back to being the team that wrecked the NBA? No. Not with Draymond Green sitting on the bench in designer outfits.

The defending champs are, however, fattening up for what's to come. The games will get tougher, beginning Friday in Milwaukee, and so will they once they become whole after reconciling with Green and adding DeMarcus Cousins.

So what do we make of the first two games this week? We put them Under Review:


Stephen Curry's 63 minutes of near flawless brilliance

He scored 72 points, shooting 56.8 percent from the field, including 62.5 percent from beyond the arc. He was 15-of-16 from the line. He had 12 rebounds and nine assists. Curry is back, every bit as lethal as he was before sustaining that annoying groin injury that cost him 11 games.

When Curry is this locked in, rivals worthy and wretched tend to fall under his spell.


Kevin Durant painting his numbers all over the stat sheet

Sometime during the absences of Curry and Green, Durant granted himself license to fill some of the dual void. He stayed on that path. In addition to doing as he typically does – scoring 53 points on 65.5-percent shooting, including 50 percent from deep – he recorded 17 assists (team-highs in both games), 15 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

As Durant forces a few passes each game, with some becoming turnovers, it's clear he's trying to keep teammates engaged, which is crucial when shorthanded.

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The blizzard in the second half in Atlanta

After committing four turnovers in the first half, the Warriors came back with 16 – not a misprint – after halftime. Durant had four. Andre Iguodala and Jonas Jerebko were the only players not to commit at least one. The Hawks scored 27 points off those turnovers, which surely provided comic relief in video review.

They got away with so much bad basketball because the Hawks are the Hawks.


Kevon Looney proves he can handle an heavier load

The loss of Damian Jones last Saturday reduced the team's center rotation from three to two. A new starter was needed, and Looney was the choice. He responded with 22 points (11-of-14 shooting), 10 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and two steals in 54 minutes – the highest two-game minutes total of his career.

Looney's career has gone from a foggy NBA future to a key role on a championship squad. The Warriors keep throwing more at him, and he keeps catching it all.

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Jerebko's perfection

In the nine before the Warriors arrived in Georgia, Jonas Jerebko shot 6-of-25 from beyond the arc. He made every shot in took in Atlanta and did it again in Cleveland. He was 8-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-3 from deep. He was 4-of-4 from the line.

Jerebko was hired to stretch the floor, which means making shots from deep. He can't do it any better than he did in these games. -30-

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