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Warriors blow out Raptors in first quarter of 121-111 win

Are turnovers the Warriors’ Achilles heel? Not when the offense is humming

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve had a number of commenters over the year proclaim loudly that turnovers are the Warriors’ Achilles heel. But what they fail to see in their complaints is that it took an act of a God to guide the arrow that hit that weakness to end the hero Achilles. All of the other enemies who came before the one who fired that one blessed arrow were destroyed by Achilles. We don’t talk about it much, but Achilles had led nine years worth of battles and gone undefeated.

And so it was with the Warriors tonight. Too many turnovers, but the Raptors just couldn’t capitalize as the Warriors earned a 121-111 win.

And it was the kind of game that coach Steve Kerr must hate.

On the one hand, you’ve got a dominant 42-17 first quarter. Add to that one of the best all-around games of Kevin Durant’s tenure with the Warriors: 22 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocks. Plus, after a bumpy Christmas night, Stephen Curry showed up on offense tonight, chipping in 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. At the end of the night, five Warriors ended up scoring double digits, and the team once again broke the 30 assist mark.

And yet…those turnovers. Sooo many sloppy turnovers! The Raptors got 26 points off of the Warriors’ 20 turnovers.

As a result of those turnovers, the Raptors took 22 extra shots. They rebound well in general and got 19 offensive rebounds tonight, which is way too many — the same sort of issues that killed the Warriros against the Cavs.

But for this team, like Achilles, even when their weak spot is exposed it might not matter because of who they are. Unlike the Cavs, the Raptors just couldn’t manage to make them pay.

Here’s a fun one! Seriously, I’m sad the clip doesn’t show the Klay block that started this.

We will have your full recap tomorrow, and of course Apricot’s Explain 1 Play.

For now, let’s party!

Next game will be Friday at Oracle when we welcome Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut back for GSoM night!!

Warriors are home for a while, with 9 of the next 10 at home over the course over a the next three weeks or so. Expect Kerr and the Warriors to emphasize cutting down turnovers, and continuing to integrate Curry and Durant.

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