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Player grades: Warriors vs. Heat

Assessing every Golden State player’s performance from the team’s 114-102 loss to Miami.

Steph Curry laying face first on the court. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

To say the Golden State Warriors laid an egg on Thursday night would be the understatement of the season. After seeing their five-game winning streak come to a completely acceptable halt on Christmas day, on the road, against the defending-champion Denver Nuggets, the Dubs had every chance to restart a winning streak on Thursday.

They were well rested. They were at home. And they were facing a Miami Heat team missing its best player in Jimmy Butler, and also its starting point guard in Kyle Lowry.

Instead, they got their butts kicked up one side and down the other, losing 114-102. Grades tonight will be short, because our own Joe Viray really summed it all up.

And then Steve Kerr also summed it all up.

Anyway, as always, grades are based on my expectations for each player. A “B” grade represents the average performance for that player.

Note: True-shooting percentage (TS) is a scoring efficiency metric that accounts for threes and free throws. Entering Thursday’s games, league-average TS was 58.0%.

Jonathan Kuminga

24 minutes, 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 6 turnovers, 5-for-11 shooting, 0-for-3 threes, 45.5% TS, -26

Good things happened when Kuminga drove to the rim. Good things did not happen for the rest of the game. More shots than points and six turnovers is probably not what JK hoped to do in his first game since publicly proclaiming that he should get more playing time.

Grade: D-
Post-game bonus: Tied for the worst plus/minus on the team.

Kevon Looney

14 minutes, 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 3 fouls, 2-for-2 shooting, 1-for-3 free throws, 75.3% TS, -9

It’s been a while since Looney looked like the Warriors best center. Hell, it’s been a while since Looney looked like the Warriors second-best center. Which is a bummer.

Grade: C-

Steph Curry

32 minutes, 13 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 3-for-15 shooting, 2-for-8 threes, 5-for-6 free throws, 36.8% TS, -14

I’ll say this much: Curry didn’t do many outright bad things this game. He didn’t have head-scratching turnovers or annoying fouls. He didn’t make any bad mistakes or take the team out of the game.

He also didn’t play well. At all.

Grade: D
Post-game bonus: Tied for the team lead in points.

Klay Thompson

25 minutes, 13 points, 5 assists, 2 steals, 2 fouls, 4-for-11 shooting, 2-for-6 threes, 3-for-4 free throws, 50.9% TS, -26

I think you could make the case that Klay had one of the better games for the Warriors on Thursday. But it wasn’t a good game. He avoided mistakes and did an excellent job passing the ball. But he was a little inefficient, looked lost defensively, and didn’t grab a single rebound.

Grade: C-
Post-game bonus: Tied for the team lead in points, tied for the worst plus/minus on the team.

Brandin Podziemski

28 minutes, 10 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 4-for-9 shooting, 2-for-5 threes, 55.6% TS, +1

Even when the Warriors have bad games, at least Podziemski brings energy and is fun to watch. That’s one of the only good things that can be said about this game.

Grade: B-
Post-game bonus: Led the team in assists.

Dario Šarić

20 minutes, 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 foul, 4-for-5 shooting, 1-for-1 threes, 1-for-1 free throws, 91.9% TS, -10

It wasn’t a good defensive game for the Warriors, but I was really impressed with the defense that Šarić played. That’s not what he’s here to do, but it sure is a nice bonus, especially when he’s scoring so smoothly and efficiently.

Grade: A-

Trayce Jackson-Davis

26 minutes, 10 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 4-for-9 shooting, 2-for-2 free throws, 50.6% TS, +8

It might be time to start setting an over/under for how many more games before TJD is the starting center for the Warriors. Despite being the third-string center, this was his third double-double in the last five games. The entire team only has 18 doubles-doubles all year, and the rookies have the last five.

Grade: A-
Post-game bonus: Led the team in rebounds.

Andrew Wiggins

26 minutes, 11 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 4-for-11 shooting, 0-for-3 threes, 3-for-4 free throws, 43.1% TS, +5

Wiggins has been quite a bit more efficient lately, but that wasn’t particularly the case in this game. It was nice to see his assist numbers up — the four assists were a season high for Wiggins, and just the ninth time all year that he’d had multiple assists in one game — but the entire contest had a bit of a lackadaisical feel for him.

He has 14 fewer rebounds this season than Podziemski, which has to be one of the most staggering statistics this year.

Grade: D+

Chris Paul

27 minutes, 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 turnovers, 4 fouls, 3-for-6 shooting, 1-for-4 threes, 2-for-2 free throws, 65.4% TS, -8

Amid all the struggles from the team’s core players and veterans, CP3 has usually been reliable and helped steady the ship as much as possible. But this was an uncharacteristic game from him, with nearly as many turnovers as assists.

Grade: C-

Cory Joseph

2 minutes, 0 points, 1 foul, +3

Just garbage time for CoJo. Nothing to see here.

Grade: Incomplete

Jerome Robinson

2 minutes, 0 points, 1 block, 0-for-1 shooting, 0-for-1 threes, 0.0% TS, +3

Getting a block in just two minutes as a guard is pretty cool.

Grade: Incomplete

Moses Moody

13 minutes, 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 foul, 4-for-8 shooting, 0-for-2 threes, 3-for-3 free throws, 59.0% TS, +10

I thought Moody played a very nice basketball game. There are not many players in this game that I will say that about. Or at least not many wearing Warriors jerseys.

Grade: B+
Post-game bonus: Led the team in plus/minus.

Lester Quiñones

2 minutes, 0 points, 1 foul, +3

Always good to see Lester. Wish we didn’t have to keep meeting this way.

Grade: Incomplete

Friday’s inactives: Usman Garuba, Draymond Green, Gary Payton II, Gui Santos

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