The Golden State Warriors have handled the adversity of losing David Lee by winning 3 straight games to take a 3-1 lead in their best of 7 series against the Denver Nuggets. Rookie forward Harrison Barnes knows it will be difficult to finish off the Nuggets, but said the team’s mindset has really come together since losing their All Star forward.
“We are just trying to grind out victories,” Barnes told Jim Rome. “We know we’ve had adversity, missing D-Lee, we’re trying to compensate for that and need to just continue to play at this high level we are playing at.”
The rookie starter said it also helps to have fans like they do who have turned their home court into a ‘mad house’ the past two games.
“It is probably the loudest arena I have ever been in,” said the former North Carolina Tar Heel. “College, high school, NBA included. I mean it was absolute chaos in there.”
The rookie also has made some noise of his own with a reverse dunk in Game 2 at Denver.
“I’ve never tried that in a game,” said Barnes. “I’ve rarely tried that in practice. It was completely spontaneous, and I just drove and jumped and I can’t really explain what was going through my mind at that point.”
Barnes said he wasn’t exactly sure if it even went in.
“I had to look back at the rim,” said the 7th overall pick in last year’s draft. “I thought it might have bounced out, and then when I saw Denver’s bench reaction I knew it was a nice play.”
The rookie also shared his thoughts with Rome on fellow NBA’er Jason Collins being the first openly gay player in a major team sport to come out.
“I think it’s a testament to the NBA that he’s in a league that he feels he can express himself, be open and he feels he can be accepted,” said Barnes.