The final score of last night’s game might have said “Blazers 110-109 final/ot” But it might as well have said: “Warriors beat the Warriors” because the Warriors practically gave that game away to the Portland Trailblazers.
So, how does a team hold another to 36 percent from the field and still lose? Let’s examine how the Warriors managed to do just that.
A bizarre night from the free throw line
When they get to the line, the Warriors are arguably the best free throw shooting team in the league. On the year, Stephen Curry is shooting 94 percent. Kevin Durant is shooting 93 percent while Klay Thompson is shooting 83 percent. Last night, the trio shot a combined 4-for-11. The Blazers committed 18 fouls. The Warriors should have made them pay at the line, but they didn’t. It’s bizarre but it’s also inexcusable and unacceptable.
The Warriors committed 15 turnovers and each and every one of them were mindless and maddening. Draymond Green’s turnover that ricocheted off of Thompson’s head was slapstick and sadly, a summary of Green’s season so far: Out of order. out of focus. Out of sync.
The most baffling thing about the turnovers is the fact that Curry committed seven of them while he was primarily off the ball. Curry committing seven turnovers would have made more sense if he was the primary ball handler. What’s really maddening is he had an opportunity to call a time out and give Steve Kerr time to reset the offense and a chance for a game winner after the time out. Sometimes it can all be so simple, but the Warriors would rather make things hard on themselves. That’s exactly what they did last night by not taking care of the ball.
Same issues different night
Between the Christmas Day debacle and last night’s bizzaro game, nothing has changed for the Warriors. Thompson and Green are still in a funk. Thompson still can’t find his shot consistently and Green, as purposeful as he was, still made uncharacteristic decisions.
Inconsistent lineups and strategies have also made their cameos as well. Kerr once again plays Curry off the ball too much. If that wasn’t enough, Kerr took him out mid quarter and then reinserted him in a lineup where he’s the only capable shooter. Granted, Kerr is doing some experimenting and there’s a reason and a purpose behind it. What that purpose is, however, remains to be seen.