The Golden State Warriors lost a back-breaker to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night, but Draymond Green wants everyone to stay calm.
It was the Kings who came out on top after Stephen Curry botched a wide-open layup that would’ve given the Warriors the lead with less than four seconds left in overtime. That one play was the summation of Golden State’s outing. Steve Kerr was ejected mid-way through the third, and Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were all freezing from the field.
Durant attempted just 10 shots and made two; Green was 6-of-15, and Thompson was 10-of-25. As a unit, the Warriors shot 41 percent overall, 34 percent from three and had just 22 assists on the night. It was an uncharacteristically odd night offensively for the Dubs.
Following the game, Green had some uplifting words and cited how the Warriors need to get Durant more shots. “We definitely have to have him take more shots for sure,” Green said to Anthony Slater of the Mercury News. “But how many times has that happened this season where he only took 10 shots? But tonight our offense wasn’t our offense. I’m not worried about it.”
Durant has had just two games where he’s taken less than 10 shots, but both of them were won in blowout fashion by Golden State. He’s, by far, the Warrior most efficient scorer. On the campaign, Durant leads the team with 25.8 points a night, and he’s shooting a remarkable 53.7 percent from the field.
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Sacramento’s defense did an outstanding job down the stretch, and the Warriors shot 6-of-21 in the fourth quarter and 2-of-7 in overtime; KD didn’t attempt a shot in the final period despite playing all five minutes.
After a rather sluggish start, the Kings battled the Dubs all night long and pounded them from inside the three-point line. DeMarcus Cousins was the leading scorer with 32, and he finished just one assist shy of a triple-double. The Kings had five other guys crack double-figures, and Darren Collison was the second-leading scorer with 18 points.
The Warriors are still the NBA’s best team with a 43-8 mark, and their offense was just dismantling everyone before their matchup in Sac Town. In the 10 contests before Saturday, Golden State was easily the most fine-tuned team on offense, and they averaged a whopping 121.7 points a night, according to NBA.com. On top of that, they shot 50.9 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from three and posted a point differential of nearly 16 (15.7). To top it all off, their ball movement was unmatched, and they handed out 30.9 helpers per game.
All this game means is that the Warriors are going to have nights where they just don’t have it, and no NBA team is going to play at their best for 82 straight games. Defensively, they also did an excellent job heading into overtime, but poor execution on both ends sealed their fate at the end of the game.
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