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Durant and Thompson are Warrior Wonders in shameful loss vs Suns

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Finding the acceptable in the unacceptable.

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Golden State Warriors Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBC Sports Bay Area Analyst Jim Barnett summed up last night’s 115-111 loss to the Phoenix Suns succinctly and to the point: This loss is unacceptable for the back-to-back champions.

I’m inclined to not only echo Mr. Barnett’s sentiments but I’d also like to add another adjective to the mix. This loss was senseless. The Golden State Warriors as we know them only showed up for the first quarter. Their spent energy on jumping out to a 16 point lead in the first only to let up and lose focus 36 minutes later.

Last night’s game made it hard for me to decide on a Warrior Wonder. Since the Warriors lost a game that they should have won, I was tempted to not name anyone Warrior Wonder. However, doing that isn’t really accurate because there’s been some ounces of decency even though said ounces were few and far between in the second half.

My Warrior Wonders in the midst of this hot inexcusable mess of a game are none other than Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

In a game where the Warriors were stone cold from three and struggled to score during most of the third, Durant was the only Warrior that shot efficiently last night. Before leaving the game with an ankle injury, Durant scored 25 points on 9-for-17 shooting. Granted, he struggled from three, but he remained aggressive and relied on his mid range shot and drawing contact. In addition his scoring, Durant was an effective facilitator. He helped aid in the crisp ball movement Golden State had in the first half and looked for the open man.

Defensively, Klay Thompson doesn’t get the credit that he so richly deserves. In a couple of sequences, it was Thompson that was solid on the defensive end. In the first half, he was really active defensively, hustling for steals. He even blocked a shot and finished a fast break. When the game was winnable, Thompson once again came up with a steal and hit two free throws to bring the Warriors within three at the time.

For being the only Warriors who played worth a damn, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are my Warrior Wonders. Who’s yours?


Who’s your Warrior Wonder for the Warriors’ loss to the Suns?

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  • 4%
    DeMarcus Cousins
    (6 votes)
  • 7%
    Steph Curry
    (11 votes)
  • 26%
    Kevin Durant
    (36 votes)
  • 2%
    Draymond Green
    (3 votes)
  • 47%
    Klay Thompson
    (66 votes)
  • 0%
    Quinn Cook
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Andre Iguodala
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Shaun Livingston
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Kevon Looney
    (5 votes)
  • 5%
    Alfonzo McKinnie
    (8 votes)
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