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Back to the future: Warriors vs. Hawks

How did Golden State do with their keys to victory against Atlanta?

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For the second night in a row, the Golden State Warriors got embarrassed by a team they should not have gotten embarrassed by. This time it was the Atlanta Hawks, who ran the Dubs’ losing streak to four games with a 124-108 win.

It’s probably safe to assume that Golden State didn’t do well with their keys to victory given the poor showing, but let’s revisit the preview anyway and find out.

Make it rain

The key: Shoot a lot of threes, make a lot of threes.

The outcome: The Warriors made a nice percentage of their threes, finishing the night at 42.1%, with Andrew Wiggins (4-for-7) and Jordan Poole (3-for-6) leading the way.

The problem was that the Dubs simply didn’t take enough shots from distance. The shot 12-for-28 from three-point range which, again, is a nice percentage. But the Dubs need to let it fly. Even with Steph Curry sidelined, 50 twos to 28 threes isn’t the right ratio.

Grading the key: 6 out of 10.

Limit Trae

The key: Make life hard for Trae Young, and hold him to an inefficient night.

The outcome: Much like the night before against the Sacramento Kings, the Warriors didn’t do much of stopping anyone. The field goal percentage defense against Young looks nice, as he shot 6-for-14, but then you notice that he got to the free throw line nine times and was dishing out dimes like there’s no tomorrow.

Add it all up and the Hawks young star had 21 points and 15 assists on 58.5% true shooting.

Grading the key: 3.5 out of 10.

Clean the glass

The key: Have a decent showing on the glass.

The outcome: Golden State lost the rebounding battle 45-33. Next.

Grading the key: 2.5 out of 10.

Limit Atlanta’s role players

The key: Keep Atlanta’s secondary scorers at bay.

The outcome: Allow me to repeat myself: the Warriors didn’t do much of stopping anyone.

John Collins had a career-high 38 points, and the Hawks starting frontcourt of Collins and Clint Capela combined for 56 points on 22-for-29 shooting. Yikes.

Bogdan Bogdanović and Danilo Gallinari both had nice games, and the Hawks provided more than enough offensive support around Young.

Grading the key: 1 out of 10.


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