The Golden State Warriors lost to the Toronto Raprots 133-118 on Sunday night, falling to 17-19 on the season. While the final score made it look like a bad loss, the actual performance from the Dubs was even more embarrassing. The Raptors scored 76 points in the first half, going into the break in action with a 76-49 lead. Before the start of the third quarter, the game was effectively over.
Raptors recent acquisition RJ Barrett had one of the best games of his NBA career. The former third-overall pick recorded 37 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists on 13-for-20 shooting from the field without committing a turnover. Five other Raptors finished in double figures, but none of Barrett’s teammates scored more than 17 points.
Dubs head coach Steve Kerr broke from his recent trend of splitting Andrew Wiggins and Jonathan Kuminga by shifting them both into the starting lineup in place of a second primary ballhandler. It... did not go well. It’s hard not to feel like it might be time for Golden State to remove Wiggins from the rotation entirely barring some semblance of greater consistency.
Klay Thompson was the Warriors most effective offensive player, finishing 10-for-15 from the field with 25 points in 28 minutes of action. Kuminga struggled from behind-the-arc, but still turned in a solid overall performance. Rookie center Trayce Jackson-Davis took advantage of a spot start with a 16 point-11 rebound double-double. Jackson-Davis (-3) and Kuminga (-5) were the only members of the starting lineup with a +/- better than -15.
It was Steph Curry who was one of the Warriors biggest problems. Perhaps worn down by the recent slate of games, and the added on/off-court workload that has come with Draymond Green’s absence, Curry finished with just 9 points on 2-for-14 shooting (0-for-9 from three). Rookie Brandin Podziemski was similarly ineffective off the bench, tallying 5 poitns on 2-for-11 shooting (1-for-8 from three).
The closest thing to a bright spot for the Warriors was Moses Moody, the young wing who offers the clearest potential replacement to Wiggins in the rotation. Moody was 7-for-10 from the field (4-for-6 from three) with 21 points in just under 22 minutes of action.