The Golden State Warriors went 3-6 on the season after losing to the Orlando Magic 130-129.
Stop me if this story sounds familiar, the Warriors rookie jumped to an early lead in the first quarter before head coach Steve Kerr entered the early shifts. The Magic responded 10-0 and finished the quarter with a 30 tie. The Warriors were able to build another 15-point lead in the second half, but again they couldn’t keep the match away.
The Warriors is a much more talented team than Magic. However, Golden State has already lost several games against less talented teams this season. Everything seems disconnected from Dubs. Despite great solo moments from Steph Curry and Draymond Green alongside flashes from Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson, the Warriors have always been defined by a combination of star power and role-playing synergies.
With Golden State in the first game of another back-to-back game, Curry seemed determined to make sure the Warriors ended their losing streak. Curry played the last seven minutes of the first half and scored 11 points in a 4-5 shot from the field.
In the third quarter, the Splash Brothers were on fire, as they combined to score 20 points over eight minutes, extending their lead to 15. It looks like the Warriors might have a chance to sit back in for the start of the entire first quarter and take a breather. Before facing the swans tomorrow. Instead, the magic returned.
After the Warriors dominated the offensive glass in the first quarter, the magic began to use their size advantage in the second half. With Golden State’s porous defense, it was a recipe for disaster. The Magic had seven players score at least 12 points on Thursday. Galen Suggs and 2022 first overall player, Paulo Banchero, led the way with 26 and 22 points respectively.
With the game out in the fourth quarter, the Warriors couldn’t stop Orlando’s run. Down four with 31 seconds left, Kerr drew a play for Thompson to get three quick goals. Despite the tight competition, Clay signed her to bring the Warriors inside one. At the other end, Banchero converted the ball by 4.9 seconds, but Thompson missed a rival runner as the time expired.
The curry was pure. He scored 39 points and 9 assists in 13 for 22 shots from the field. Thompson had his best performance of the season, scoring 27 points and scoring a best plus/minus in the game at +13. However, that is still not enough to beat a team that had the record 22-60 last season. This is not a good sign.
While Warriors’ struggles aren’t any player’s fault, it’s hard not to view backup center James Wiseman’s ongoing struggles as a major concern. His offense has broken out on this wild ride, making his defensive shortcomings all the more damaging.
In the last four Warriors games, Wiseman has scored nearly as many fouls (11) as points (13). With another former lottery pick, Jonathan Kominga, relegated to the bench, Kerr will face more pressure to cut Wiseman’s minutes if the previous year’s second pick doesn’t take some big steps forward soon.
Now, the Warriors will travel to New Orleans to face the Pelicans, who may be the most talented team they’ve played this season. The opening notice is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PST.
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