In the best of times, credit generally went to Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. It was their score, their rebound, their build-up and, yes, the defense that provided most of the power for the recent warrior victories.
They were all-stars who were All-Stars.
In the worst of times, the blame fell to Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, the other all-stars of the team who spent most of December looking for their best.
It was a case of All-Stars, which was common or worse.
For the first time in nearly two months, the Warriors had four All-Stars, most of them in that status. Although Durant and Curry had played well enough, Green and Thompson did some of their best work this season in a 1
Thompson has done what he does best by burning the nets. He scored a team high of 32 points, his first 30-point game since 24 November. He scored 12 out of 21, including 4 out of 5 from deep, and scored more than 50 percent on November 23 for the second time since his second outing and only for the seventh time in 37 games.
"I felt great this morning," Thompson told reporters in Portland. "Obviously, I was in a small game with five games. But that happens. So life is. It's basketball. You can never be discouraged. That was long overdue. "
Thompson even looked like another player, more determined and gives much more old-fashioned joy. With his shot, he was so optimistic that at one point he uttered a few words of love for his shooting hand.
"Just that" I missed you. It's nice to see you again, "he explained. "It was an absence of five games or so where (his shooting hand) was not equal, finally seeing the ball drop at a high rate felt really good, I will continue to be aggressive and hopefully a great one Role played. "
Thompson has averaged 12.3 points and 30.9 percent shots over the past five games, 17.9 percent of them from depth, resulting in a body language that was significantly better.  "He looked more like himself," coach Steve Kerr said of Thompson, "even after the missed Dunk and then he came down and had a layup that went all the way in and came all the way back, but after that I thought he might have hung his head, but he was already in a groove and could feel it, he could feel the rhythm again. "
When Thompson plays offensively in the attack, the wars tend to work on a completely different level. The energy seems to flow through the entire team. This was certainly the case that night.
"It's always a great energy and mood when he leaves," Curry said of Thompson.
While so much of the fame of this game was flooded on Thompson, Green did as well as he did best. He set the tone for his teammates to line up.
As usual for Green, he made more impression on the field than on the statistic sheet – except for the headline. He only scored 3 points and shot 1-6 out of the field, but ended up with a Team Best Plus of 27 for 34 minutes.
That's because he did enough dirty work to take a bath for six hours to guarantee. Green grabbed nine rebounds for the team, picked up six assists, blocked one shot, made two allegations and harassed anyone who dared to question his defense.
19659002] Durant had 25 points and five assists – but he paid six sales. Curry also scored 25 points and added eight assists and two steals.
There were not many nights when the Warriors felt the influence of their All-Stars. This was one of them. You would like to see a few more.