AUCKLAND, New Zealand — The ducks are back.
And they are happy to see them.
The Ducks swept the Warriors on Saturday, 3-1, but it wasn’t because of their play, but because of the game itself.
It was a good night for the team, and the Ducks are back in the postseason for the first time in five years.
Ducks coach Bob Hartley is in a position to feel great about his team’s return to the playoffs.
He’s got three more games to get his ducks in order before the end of the regular season, which means he’ll have more time to prepare for the Warriors and the rest of the conference.
He said he’s used to getting more time than usual, so it doesn’t bother him that his ducks were off.
He’s had to adjust to more speed, more speed on the wings, and more speed in the corners.
He said it just made everything easier.
Hartley was asked if he thought the Ducks’ performance was a positive.
“No, I don’t think so,” he said.
“I think we were playing our best basketball, and we just didn’t make the plays that we needed to make.”
He added that he was pleased with the effort from the Ducks, who outscored the Warriors 38-16 in the first quarter.
Kenny Stott scored 10 of the Ducks 10 points in the quarter.
He had 11 rebounds and eight assists, and he finished with six blocks.
Stott’s teammate Michael Bell had a big game in the third quarter, as well, scoring 10 of his 14 points in that period.
The Ducks had a few good plays against the Warriors, particularly when the Warriors had the ball.
The Ducks had nine fast break points and two steals in the opening quarter.
The Warriors had a couple of turnovers, but they were mostly on the defensive end.
Afterward, Ducks coach Bob Knight said his team had more energy and a better attitude than they did against the Kings.
He also said that the Ducks had good pace on offense and they had some great shooters.
Knight also said he didn’t think it was a bad game for the Ducks.
He was just a little disappointed in the way they played and the way we didn’t score enough points in a few spots.
More to come…