The dream of 82-0 is dead for the Golden State Warriors after their home loss to the Denver Nuggets Friday night. In order to right the ship and avoid back-to-back defeats, they’ll have to knock off their division rival Sacramento Kings Sunday evening. Accomplishing that will require besting Kings’ coach Mike Brown, Golden State’s longtime assistant coach and friend to the team.
Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings
October 23rd, 2022 | 5:30 PT
Watch: NBC Sports Bay Area | Listen: 95.7 The Game
Coach Brown’s squad dropped their first game of the season to the Portland Trail Blazers and at the time of this writing are in a battle with the Los Angeles Clippers. They’ll be flying into San Francisco to play the defending champs on short rest, which could be a recipe for disaster as playing the Warriors is hard enough, let alone on the second end of a back-to-back.
Kings open with an absolutely filthy set, results in a Huerter 3 pic.twitter.com/6aEFEcIVvs— Kings Film Room (@SacFilmRoom) October 23, 2022
The Warriors had a day off to lick their wounds and refocus. One of the big conversations in Dub Nation is how Coach Steve Kerr will be using the rotations, with the reserves all in negative plus/minus (except for Moses Moody). The Jonathan Kuminga, JaMychal Green, and James Wiseman trio in particular drew attention:
So the 3 lowest in ON/OFF have been Wiseman, Kuminga, & Poole (& the eye test w/ the 2nd unit matches that).— fakelogic (@fakelogic) October 22, 2022
Again JK hasn't been separated from JW yet, so there's little positive yet about JK lineups (and JW's obv).
Fortunately, Poole is still in positive lineups w/o those 2. pic.twitter.com/nn923GUo2u
Kerr experimenting with the Kuminga Wiseman JaMychal lineup pic.twitter.com/dEqQhwKnoR— Ramon ⚡️ (@ramon_edits_) October 22, 2022
Definitely feels like the Warriors are prioritizing getting guys minutes early in the season so that they're better off feeling more comfortable later on if they have to turn to guys like Wiseman and Kuminga. Think playing the long game for them this regular season is smart.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) October 22, 2022
Who ya got in Game #3, Warriors or Kings?
This poll is closed
Kings, Mike Brown knows Golden State’s defense!
Warriors, they won’t lose two in a row!