One day after getting blown out by a mediocre team while playing nonexistent defense and allowing a player to score a career high, the Golden State Warriors got blown out by a mediocre team while playing nonexistent defense and allowing a player to score a career high.
The Kings turned to the Hawks, De’Aaron Fox turned to John Collins, 44 turned to 38, Golden 1 Center turned to Chase Center, and 141-119 turned to 124-108.
And other than that, everything was exactly the same: listless defense, decent offense that couldn’t make up for said listless defense, and no real threat of ever winning the game.
Oh joyous day.
You can sum up the game by Draymond Green returning, not being able to fix the free falling defense, and not taking a single shot in 27 minutes of action.
Still, there were bright spots. If you’ve turned the page and shifted into the moral victories part of the season, there were some nice takeaways. Andrew Wiggins had a quality game (on offense), with 29 points on 10-for-19 shooting, to go along with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. James Wiseman had a nice bounceback game (on offense), with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Nico Mannion continued to look like an NBA caliber player (on offense). Jordan Poole played pretty well (on offense).
So if you want to watch a pretty decent Warriors game, just rewatch Friday’s loss to Atlanta, and close your eyes every time the Hawks have the ball. You just might enjoy it!
Instead, the Warriors fall to 22-24, and sit two games below .500 for the first time since they were 0-2. Back then, they were coming off of embarrassing blowout losses to elite teams.
Now it’s just embarrassing blowout losses to mediocre teams.