clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Player grades: Warriors vs. Thunder

Assessing every Golden State player’s performance from the team’s 138-136 loss to OKC.

Steph Curry walking off the court solemnly. Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors repeated a painful playbook on Friday, once again letting three inexplicably allowed points by Chet Holmgren tie the game late, and force an overtime where OKC would close the door.

This time it was a 138-136 loss, and while there’s no shame in losing a close road game to a 14-7 team, especially when you’re without one of your best players, the creative ways in which the Dubs manage to not win are getting very exhausting.

This article is going to be very short. I am tired from a long day of trying to track Shohei Ohtani’s planes. I don’t have energy for this stupid loss. My grades might be harsh. But I’ll do quick-hitting grades nonetheless. As always, grades are based on my expectations of each player, with a “B” grade representing that player’s average performance.

Note: True-shooting percentage (TS) is a scoring efficiency metric that accounts for threes and free throws. Entering Friday’s games, league average TS was 57.6%.

Draymond Green

35 minutes, 12 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists, 1 block, 4 turnovers, 6 fouls, 5-for-7 shooting, 1-for-2 threes, 1-for-2 free throws, 76.1% TS, -2

Draymond is one of the main reasons to think the Warriors can still be competitive, and one of the main reasons they’re struggling to be. His efficient scoring remains a revelation: he’s 18-for-39 on threes, and 25-for-29 on free throws this year. His playmaking is still superb. His defense is not what it once was, but it’s still excellent.

He’s also a turnover machine, and they are very untimely. And he fouled out in this game.

But worst of all was his attempt to foul Holmgren when up three ... but instead going for a steal, and fouling Holmgren on the shot. It was a mistake that cost the Dubs the game.

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

Kevon Looney

16 minutes, 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 1 foul, 2-for-2 shooting, 1-for-3 free throws, 75.3% TS, +3

Looney only played 16 minutes in a 53-minute game. His role has regressed, in large part because his lack of athleticism has been exposed lately. Is he taking a step backwards? Or is the team taking a step backwards around him, and it’s exposing him?

Grade: C-

Andrew Wiggins

32 minutes, 12 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 6 turnovers, 3 fouls, 4-for-11 shooting, 2-for-4 threes, 2-for-2 free throws, 50.5% TS, -1

Steve Kerr said he’s going to be a little less patient with the veterans’ minutes going forward, and you could argue that Friday was a warning shot at Wiggins. There was no foul trouble, but he only played 32 minutes in an overtime game ... and while he was in the closing lineup in regulation, he was benched in overtime for Brandin Podziemski.

Wiggins now has 23 assists to 39 turnovers this year. This was a very bad game.

Grade: D

Steph Curry

40 minutes, 34 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, 10-for-20 shooting, 6-for-12 threes, 8-for-8 free throws, 72.3% TS, -5

Steph was having a fairly nondescript game until late in the fourth quarter. He went absolutely ballistic down the stretch, and then did everything he could to will the team to victory in overtime.

The turnovers have been a bit ridiculous though. I was shocked to open the box score and see that he only had three ... it felt like six or seven, given how head-scratching they were.

Still, he put the team on his back, and he gets some leeway for forcing the issue given how little help he has right now. The turnovers probably feel like a bigger problem than they are, because of how frustrating they are.

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

Klay Thompson

39 minutes, 22 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 4 turnovers, 4 fouls, 8-for-15 shooting, 4-for-9 threes, 2-for-2 free throws, 69.3% TS, +11

Every efficient KT11 game still puts a smile on my face. There was a lot of the old Klay in this game, though the turnovers were definitely an issue.

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

Dario Šarić

23 minutes, 11 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, 2 fouls, 3-for-8 shooting, 2-for-6 threes, 3-for-4 free throws, 56.4% TS, +4

I think at this point it feels pretty safe to say that Šarić is playing better than Looney. That sad, it wasn’t a super clean game for him. But there was a lot to like.

Grade: B
Post-game bonus: Tied for the team lead in rebounds.

Jonathan Kuminga

29 minutes, 24 points, 12 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 6 fouls, 10-for-21 shooting, 3-for-6 threes, 1-for-1 free throws, 56.0% TS, -15

This was an exciting Kuminga game. I thought he played really great defense on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, even though the box score won’t reflect it — SGA hit crazy shots on him time and time again.

JK earned a spot in the closing lineup in large part because of his defensive effort and work on the glass ... but also in part because it seemed clear that Steve Kerr is giving him some leash. He earned it.

There were young player bumps, such as fouling out (including a very poor late-game foul), and the lack of assists. But he’s giving the Dubs an element they don’t have without him.

Grade: B
Post-game bonus: Tied for the team lead in rebounds, worst plus/minus on the team.

Cory Joseph

13 minutes, 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1-for-3 shooting, 0-for-1 threes, 33.3% TS, +3

CoJo was the only Warrior to play and not turn the ball over. For that he earns...

Grade: A+ (said semi-sarcastically)

Moses Moody

16 minutes, 2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 4 fouls, 1-for-6 shooting, 0-for-4 threes, 16.7% TS, -7

Moody has been really good lately. But he was not really good today, or anything close to it.

Grade: D

Brandin Podziemski

23 minutes, 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 5-for-11 shooting, 1-for-4 threes, 1-for-1 free throws, 52.4% TS, -1

I just adore watching this dude play. The way he rebounds, hustles, and disrupts plays is fantastic. His offensive creativity, and ability to take care of the ball, is mesmerizing. He’s freaking awesome.

Grade: A-

Friday’s DNPs: Trayce Jackson-Davis

Friday’s inactives: Usman Garuba, Chris Paul, Gary Payton II, Lester Quiñones, Jerome Robinson, Gui Santos

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Golden State of Mind Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Golden State Warriors news from Golden State of Mind