3 takeaways from the Warriors’ blowout loss against the Thunder

The Golden State Warriors have had a rough start to the season, as they dropped their second straight game Sunday.

The Warriors lost 120-92 on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and they only scored 25 or more points in the third quarter. While their offense didn’t produce, the Warriors also didn’t perform well defensively, allowing 35 points in each of the first three quarters.

Here are three takeaways from the Warriors’ loss against the Thunder.

Steph Curry had to carry the offense once again

Steph Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 23 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the field. Curry also shot 2-of-9 from the three-point line.

The Warriors didn’t have many other scoring contributions besides Curry. That was in part because D’Angelo Russell was ejected in the third quarter, as he thought he was fouled on a floater. Still, Russell had only finished with six points on 30% shooting after being ejected.

Draymond Green, Eric Paschall and Marquese Chriss each scored 10 points, but besides that no other players scored in double figures.

Through the first two games, Curry has shot 40% or lower from the field and 22.2% or lower from three. It’s not customary Curry numbers, but it’s important to take into account how much of a load on offense he’ll carry this season. There will be more games like this in which Curry won’t be as efficient as usual.

The Warriors are bad on defense right now

It’s only been two games, but the Warriors have given up 261 points so far this season. They have allowed both the Los Angeles Clippers and Thunder to shoot above 55% from the field as well as above 46% from three.

The Warriors’ 33-point halftime deficit was their largest since March 1997, per ESPN.

Dennis Schroder led the Thunder in scoring with 22 points, and Danilo Gallinari wasn’t far behind with 21 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 19, and Chris Paul and Terrance Ferguson both scored in double figures.

For the Warriors, improving on defense will consist of playing harder and with more effort.

“We gotta compete, you know what I’m saying,” Omari Spellman said, per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.  “To be down, what was we down 33?… That’s tough.”

Finding an offensive identity

Even through the first two games, it’s clear that the Warriors simply won’t be able to splash threes anymore.

The Warriors shot 15.2% from three against the Thunder, with Curry’s two 3-pointers being a team-high. Spellman, Green and Damion Lee made one three apiece.

With the Warriors not being elite from beyond the arc anymore, they’ll need to find other ways to generate offense.

That’s going to take time, though, as this team for so long has been built around quality shooting from players such as Curry, Klay Thompson and former Warrior Kevin Durant.

Up next

The Warriors will look for their first win of the season Monday, when they’ll play the New Orleans Pelicans on the road.

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