The Warriors might stink
How did the Warriors follow up that dud of a performance?
By getting absolutely pantsed by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half of their game on Sunday. The Warriors trailed 70-37 at halftime against the Thunder, shooting 27.5% from the field and 3-of-19 from 3-point range. Golden State turned the ball over 12 times in a truly heinous offensive showing.
The Warriors’ defense was also a disaster in the opening half, allowing 56.5% shooting and nine 3-pointers. Steve Kerr knew his defense was going to be a sore spot coming into the season, and it has been every bit as bad as advertised. With the offense struggling, it makes everything look even worse.
Everybody knew Golden State was going to take a step back with Kevin Durant gone to the Brooklyn Nets and Klay Thompson out with a torn ACL. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green may still be around, and D’Angelo Russell was an All-Star last season, but the rest of the roster is really green. Once the Warriors were hyping up Marquese Chriss in preseason, that should have been a warning sign that this team might be worse than expected.
Still, it’s shocking to see them be so bad to start this season. Golden State should improve as chemistry is built and guys get healthy, but it’s not hard to envision them missing the playoffs based on what we’ve seen so far. There’s also a chance that they wind up just being bad, though we shouldn’t guarantee that just yet.