The Golden State Warriors made tonight’s loss look effortless.
Despite Stephen Curry shaking off his first half struggles and going on to score 27 in his return to the lineup and Kevin Durant leading all scorers with 28, the Warriors looked listless in their 111-102 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
There is so much to unpack here, but what really stands out to me is that the Warriors continue to struggle in the same areas as before and they are trying to force concepts to work when they don't.
Make this make sense. Opponents continue to attempt more threes, and make just enough of them to create distance, while Golden State continues to shoot middy after middy. I understand taking what the defense gives you and the concept of the middy opening up the offense either in the lane or from three, but isn’t this a little extreme?
Warriors have now taken 110 fewer 3-point attempts compared to their opponents this season. https://t.co/fZ7MS18JuB— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 2, 2018
In addition to the lack of threes, the Warriors once again continue to struggle in the paint. In the first half, the Pistons scored 14 second chance points to the Warriors’ 0. They also surrendered 54 points in the paint and six more second chance points.
I’m also baffled by Steve Kerr’s need to play the unplayable. Why on Earth is he continuing to play two bigs? Who knows but at least Kerr is admitting to his flaws.
Steve Kerr takes blame for the Warriors lack of 3s, calls tonight one “of my worst performances as a coach,” said he’s gotta create more space for his offense, unclog paint pic.twitter.com/884K8JjRIv— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 2, 2018
Well, admittance is the first step to recovery.
The Warriors well return to action Monday when they face the Atlanta Hawks.