It’s a sign of how good the Golden State Warriors are that, in their fourth week of the season, they won twice as many games as they lost, yet still had their worst week of the year - by far.
But when you enter a week with just one loss, and then suffer a blowout and an injuries to two All-Stars, there’s simply no way to view the week as anything than (relatively) bad.
It happens. Let’s recap it.
Performance this week
Point differential: +9
Year to date
Home record: 7-1
Road record: 4-1
Offensive rating: 1st (119.2)
Defensive rating: 16th (108.1)
Net rating: 2nd (11.1)
Conference standings: 1st (1 game ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers)
The week’s results
Game #11: Golden State Warriors 117, Memphis Grizzlies 101
The Warriors did exactly what they were supposed to do against the less-talented Grizzlies. It took them until the second half, but they put away Omri Casspi’s team with relative ease. Unfortunately it came at a cost, as Draymond Green played fewer than 14 minutes before leaving the game with an injury that would sideline him for the rest of the week.
Top performer: Kevin Durant - 22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 7-11 FG, 8-8 FT
Game #12: Milwaukee Bucks 134, Golden State Warriors 111
The Warriors lost by 23, and it wasn’t even nearly that close. The Warriors were dominated from start to finish, on both ends of the floor. With no Green, Golden State had zero answers for Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Eric Bledsoe had a superstar performance, and thoroughly outplayed Steph Curry. It was one of the worst home losses that the Dubs have suffered in the Steve Kerr era. To add insult to injury, Curry left the game with a strained adductor.
Top performer: Quinn Cook - 15 points, 5 assists, 6-9 FG, 3-5 3FG
Game #13: Golden State Warriors 116, Brooklyn Nets 100
The Warriors flexed their muscles in completing a two-game season sweep of the Nets. With both Green and Curry out, Golden State still put away Brooklyn with ease. It was a full team effort, with role players stepping up across the board. Plus, it featured the NBA debut of Marcus Derrickson.
Top performer: Kevin Durant - 28 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists, 9-15 FG, 9-9 FT
The week’s big stories
Injuries hit hard
Both Steph Curry and Draymond Green were injured this week. It looks like there’s a good chance Green will return on Monday as a new week begins, but Curry will not. Neither injury is serious - Green’s is a sprained toe, and Curry’s a strained adductor, which is essentially a groin pull - but it’s still not fun to see two of the team’s top players shelved.
Quinn Cook emerges
After a few games where he couldn’t get off the bench, Quinn Cook was given an opportunity, and capitalized on it. Just as was the case last year, Cook made the most of Curry’s injury, but he started heating up before Steph went down.
Over the course of the week, Cook averaged 18.3 points per game, while shooting 63.6% from the field, and 66.7% from distance. He has scored in double figures in the last four games he’s played in.
Much of this can be chalked up to Green missing the bulk of the week, but the Warriors struggled defensively for these three games. Golden State allowed 114.3 points per 100 possessions this week, a figure that, over the whole year, would rank last in the league. They have work to do on that end of the court, and can’t count on Green fixing all of those issues.