Well, the Golden State Warriors finally laid an egg.
After a sterling Summer League in Vegas and a respectable 5-1 mark during the preseason, the Warriors went down to Los Angeles to finish off their mini road trip. But it was the Clippers who did the finishing. L.A. smoked the Warriors, 88-71 in an ugly, turnover-filled brickfest.
Right from the jump, Golden State’s offense looked clunky and its defense was holier than Mark Jackson’s Sunday sermon. Missing Andrew Bogut and twin busted-ankle buddy Stephen Curry, the Warriors never got rolling on either end. Jarrett Jack led the Dubs with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, an encouraging sign for the Warriors backup point guard, whose preseason has been spotty.
Really, the Warriors’ individual numbers are irrelevant—partly because nobody produced and partly because they still have the misleading stink of a blowout loss on them. As every Warrior fan knows, it’s almost impossible to glean meaning from individual stats that come in games where the outcome is decided with half of the game left to play.
So, bigger picture.
On the positive side, the Warriors didn’t get crushed on the boards, fighting the Clippers to a 52-52 draw on the glass. I hope you weren’t holding your breath for more on-the-positive-side insight because that team rebounding tie is literally the only good thing to come out of Monday’s shellacking.
The Dubs shot just 32 percent from the field, 35 percent from three and 60 percent from the line. But hey, they also turned it over 22 times (against just 16 assists. If that’s not a complete recipe for getting blown out, I’m not sure what’s missing. Maybe an appearance by Andris Biedrins?
To his credit, Mark Jackson has responded appropriately, summoning disappointment (which bordered on disgust) in his postgame comments about his team’s effort. Said Jackson:
I thought it was the first time in a long time that we looked like a bad team We didn’t rebound the basketball, we didn’t take care of the basketball, we didn’t execute, and we took the path of least resistance. It’s embarrassing.
It was a poor effort, that’s for sure. But it was the first genuinely poor effort since the preseason started, giving the Warriors a (totally made-up) “Effort Batting Average” of 6-for-7, or .857. So that’s pretty good—if it were a real thing. At any rate, the Dubs get right back at it tonight against a pretty horrendous Phoenix Suns team.
Expect the absences of Curry and Bogut. But also expect Jackson’s squad to show enough of a commitment to walk over the hapless Suns, even without their stars.