It would be nice.
It would not, however, be accurate.
Just as they did in their Sunday loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Warriors displayed many bright spots and reasons for optimism against the Kings. But they were fewer and further between on Tuesday; you had to squint a little more to find them. You had to remove a few more layers of grime in order to uncover them.
Harrison Barnes needed just 12 shots to score 21 points, so if you’re waking up from a five-year coma you might see that as a bright spot for the Warriors. He finally figured out efficiency, and blossomed into a star in the Bay!
Well, no. He’s still the same Barnes, only being overpaid by someone else, and he happened to have a quite nice game while doing his best impression of Tom Hanks in Cast Away. “SPAAAUUUULLLLLDING!!!” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but alas...
The Warriors did have those aforementioned brightspots. One, in particular, was bright as the Sun in Phoenix. Marquese Chriss did it again, scoring 21 points on just 10 shots (8-10, plus 5-6 from the free throw line). He also had 10 points and 3 assists, with just 1 turnover. In only 25 minutes!
Chriss has dramatically transformed his offensive game with the Warriors, which maybe wouldn’t be surprising if Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were healthy. But they’re not.
Marquese Chriss true-shooting percentage by year:— Brady Klopfer (@BradyKlopferNBA) February 26, 2020
Get Curry and Klay back (plus a motivated/healthy Dray) and he could be a problem.
From non-guaranteed training camp invite, to roster crunch casualty, to having his spot on next year’s team completely solidified. What a few months from Chriss.
But Chriss wasn’t the team’s only bright spot.
No, wait, actually he was.
Andrew Wiggins had his second straight inefficient game, calming the excitement that followed his strong Warriors debut. In his last two games, Wiggins has 24 points on 9-30 shooting. While Wiggins has still shown some good signs with the Warriors, it was a firm reminder that his role should be the third or fourth option on the team when he’s healthy.
Jordan Poole also struggled with his shot, going 5-14 from the field and 1-7 from distance, though he did have 4 assists.
As a team, the Warriors made just four shots from beyond the arc. Four. Steph Curry’s made four or more threes on his own 379 different times.
They turned the ball over a lot, allowed six Kings players to eclipse double-doubles, and ultimately couldn’t do much to stop Sacramento’s offense or defense. They flat out played poorly.
Except Marquese Chriss.