Coming off their first three-game successful streak, it regarded just like the Warriors lastly have been selecting up some rhythm. However no matter progress Golden State had made in the previous few days — even the previous few months — evaporated in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday evening.
Of their 117-91 loss to the defending champions, the Warriors (19-16) regarded just like the group that misplaced to the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks in blowouts initially of the season. Nothing labored for them.
The Warriors’ offense regarded stagnant, and their protection was hardly there.
We all know that the Warriors aren’t the identical group from three months in the past. And possibly Sunday’s loss was the end result of a number of consecutive gritty video games. However, this is not the time for the Warriors to crumble. They’ve two harder video games earlier than the All-Star break, after which decide up proper the place they left off with three extra — one in every of which is in opposition to these similar Lakers (23-11).
However let’s not get too forward of ourselves. Listed here are three takeaways from Sunday’s loss.
Warriors misplaced within the first quarter
The primary quarter set the tone of how this sport would play out, and it wasn’t fairly.
The Warriors could not get something to go their method. Draymond Inexperienced received an early technical. James Wiseman picked up two fast fouls. They could not hit a bucket from wherever — not even from inside a foot of the basket. And, effectively, LeBron James and the Lakers picked aside the Warriors’ offense and received something they wished.
That is how the primary matchup between the Warriors and Lakers began again in January. The Lakers jumped out to an early lead, and the Warriors needed to scratch and claw their method again in.
However the distinction Sunday was the Warriors managed to make come again in that first sport. On Sunday, they could not. The ultimate three quarters Sunday have been virtually a precise duplicate of the primary three final month, by no means giving the Warriors an opportunity to even make the sport aggressive.
As if the Warriors wanted extra issues, Inexperienced sprained his ankle halfway by the second quarter and was dominated out for the remainder of the sport throughout halftime.
It is no secret how essential Inexperienced is to every little thing the Warriors do on each ends of the ground. On offense, Inexperienced is among the Warriors’ greatest facilitators, and his passing capability opens up the ground in methods which are unreplicable. And on protection, he is the anchor to every little thing.
When the Warriors have been with out Wiseman and Kevon Looney, Inexperienced did an outstanding job of filling in as a small-ball heart. However, the Warriors do not have anybody who can fill in for Inexperienced that method.
There is not a timetable but for Inexperienced’s return, however for the Warriors’ sake, they want it to be quickly.
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The place’s Wiggins?
Andrew Wiggins, aka Mr. Consistency, has been slipping a bit for the Warriors currently. During the last 15 video games, Wiggins has shot simply 27.3 p.c on 3-pointers. That is in comparison with the 40.6 p.c he shot the primary 20 video games.
However it got here to a head in opposition to the Lakers.
For the primary time this season, Wiggins did not end with double figures in scoring, placing up simply three factors on 1-of-5 capturing.
Seeing this from Wiggins is a nasty signal for the Warriors. Up up to now, he had been somebody the Warriors might all the time depend on for strong optimistic contributions. And for a group determined for consistency all through this primary half, realizing they’d a man they did not have to fret about was useful.
It may not have made all of the distinction in a sport like Sunday’s, however it certain would have helped.
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