• An 82games update has come down the pike. These stats are updated through the morning of the 26th, so consider this a snapshot of the team at (what will hopefully be) its nadir:
Corey Maggette is finally the proud owner of a positive net plus-minus... no Warrior has done more to earn one. Other than that, and the pandemic tinge of extra crappiness four additional losses will add, there haven't been many big changes since the last time we looked. The on-court plus-minus numbers are getting pretty scary here, with only CJ and Hunter still in the black as of this update, and every other player rating -3.0 per 48 or worse. Monta's net number is a bit less horrifying than previously, but only because we've played less scorchingly well without him; we still (even factoring in the last two games) play like a 60-loss team when he's on the floor.
• But while Monta isn't having a monstrously effective season, there's no doubt that he's having a monster season: sixth in the league in scoring, second in steals, first in minutes per game and turnovers. His 25.6 points per game is higher than any Warrior has averaged since Mullin in his prime. His Usage Rate would be the highest of any Warrior in the 32 seasons for which the statistic has been kept. He's on pace to record more turnovers than any player in the last 30 seasons. And he has gone all 48 minutes seven times already. Only three other NBA players have done that more than once thus far... Kobe's done it three times, and Gerald Wallace and (amusingly) Anthony Morrow have done it twice. "Not For Lack Of Trying" will be the epitaph for Monta's year.
• C.J. Watson is the eighth Warrior to record at least seven points, seven assists and seven steals in one game, joining Baron, Speedy, Mookie, Winston Garland and all three legs of Run- TMC. (Where are you on this one, Monta, you lazy bum?!)
• Corey Maggette's current .617 TS% would be the seventh-best showing by a Warrior in the three-point era; Anthony Morrow's .613 TS% would be the tenth-best. In light of this, our desire to add a small forward with our second hardship exception seems a little arbitrary.
• The Warriors' wackiest stat keeps holding up: Anthony Randolph is still 35th in the NBA in free-throw percentage.