The Golden State Warriors let a prime opportunity to get a big win road win slip away in their 114-106 loss to the Utah Jazz. Here are two of my biggest takeaways from the evening.
Shooting has turned against the Warriors
One of the main culprits for the defeat was Utah’s advantage in long range bombing; the Jazz shot 16-of-38 (42%) from beyond the arc, while the Warriors shot 9-of-29 (31%).
Golden State’s dynasty was created in part because of their ability to score big from three while defending the arc. In the 2015 season, the Dubs took their first title in 40 years by leading the league in three-point accuracy (39.8%), while harassing opponents into 33.7% shooting from out there.
Contrast that to now, where the Dubs allow their opponents to shoot a league high 39.9% from downtown! Meanwhile, the Warriors are only making 32.6% of their attempts from deep. That’s a recipe for disaster.
Of course, it would help if Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (the greatest shooting backcourt ever) were healthy to lift that shooting out of the grave. It would also be great if the Warriors weren’t a cobbled together roster of strangers and rookies figuring out team defense on the fly.
Marquese Chriss is balling
12 points, 13 rebounds, and a team high 5 assists was an impressive statline off of the bench from Chriss. He’s a guy fighting to stay on the roster going forward, and games like last night’s show both his hunger and freakish potential.
Chriss block and a WIDE open dunk pic.twitter.com/oIAAMXvEO7— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 14, 2019
CHRISS HAMMERS IT HOME pic.twitter.com/HdzCLCT3JW— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 14, 2019
Over his last 10 games, Chriss is averaging 7.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.2 blocks. Is it time for him to become a starter?
Should Marquese Chriss be a starter?
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Sure! Why not?
And so the march towards a high draft pick continues for the five-time reigning Western Conference champions. Hang in there Dub Nation, we’re almost to Christmas!