Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combined for 64 points but it wasn’t enough for the Golden State Warriors as they couldn’t overcome a momentum changing eight point possession for Portland down the stretch as the Blazers beat the Warriors 129-107.
Let’s take a look at how this game turned into a hot mess.
Granted, Warriors coach Steve Kerr ruled DeMarcus Cousins, Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala out tonight for rest. Understandable. But it still doesn’t excuse the fact that Kerr put out a lineup consisting of Quinn Cook, Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell, Damion Lee and Klay Thompson for most of the fourth quarter. The Blazers feasted on this lineup and went on a huge run. After the six minute mark (and before his ejection) Kerr then puts in Durant and Curry. By that time, the game was out of reach and the two couldn’t buy a basket.
Kerr played an ice-cold Thompson with players that don’t get much run. So, obviously, the rotations played a huge part in the Warriors’ collapse down the stretch.
Does this look like a Flagrant Foul to any of you?
This is the flagrant foul that led to Steve Kerr spiking his clipboard and getting tossed. pic.twitter.com/3FK224Wuhn— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 14, 2019
Judging from the clip, it looks as if Green committed a hard but common foul. This should not have been ruled as a flagrant because clearly, it wasn’t like Green was headhunting or anything of that nature. If that is what the league considers a flagrant foul, I can imagine what these officials would think about the fouls of the 80’s and 90’s. Kerr had every right to snap because that was a weak call motivated by Green’s reputation.
This is a foul and Curry should be going to the line to shoot three right?
Wrong. The refs claim that this wasn’t in the act of shooting but on the next play, Damian Lillard goes to the line to shoot two. Make it make sense.
Shorthanded warriors struggle in the paint
If there was any game that DeMarcus Cousins was needed, it was this one. Cousins probably would have struggled against Jusuf Nurkic just like Kevon Looney did. However, Cousins would have hustled and fought for rebounds and for second chance points on offense. And yeah, would have leveled Zach Collins for messing with Thompson. Despite the optics, the Blazers actually outscored the Warriors by six in the paint. However, Nurkic still exploited his advantage over Looney.
The Warriors will return to action after the All Star Break on Feb. 21 as they host the Sacramento Kings.