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Warriors lose heartbreaker to Hornets

Dubs still winless in brand new Chase Center

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors, for most of the night did the right things. They hustled on defense and moved with purpose on offense. They led for the majority of the game and even had a 10 point lead.

Until the HornetsMarvin Williams led a third quarter charge to end the third and sparked the comeback. Here are a few takeaways from the Dubs’ 93-87 loss to Charlotte.

Details dashed Warriors’ hopes for a win.

After the Warriors seized a one point lead in the game’s final minutes, they failed to get offensive rebounds on consecutive missed Charlotte free throws. Noticeably missing in that sequence was Willie Cauley Stein. On the night, Cauley Stein lead the Warriors with eight rebounds. Why wasn’t he out on the floor to snag a couple of Hornet misses? Here’s an explanation.

In addition to not rebounding when they needed to, Golden State could not overcome Damion Lee’s inbound turnover. With 24 seconds left in the game, the Warriors forced a turnover only for the Hornets’ Cody Martin to force a turnover on Lee as he tried to throw a pass inbounds.

Paschal, “Baby Dubs” impresses

With injuries mounting by the game, the Warriors had no other choice but to trust a young team that hasn’t played together much. They all responded tonight.

Eric Paschall scored a career high of 25 points on 10-18 from the field. Two way player Ky Bowman chipped in with 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Damion Lee had 13 points on 5-11 shooting including 3-6 from three.

Kerr simplified the offense to where the Warriors thrived on high-screen and roll sets rather than the usual motion offense, and the strategy worked. The Warriors were able to score in the paint and also the perimeter easier than in the first few games. Kerr could have simplified the offense game long ago but better now than later on or not at all.