The Bad: Chris Paul’s 3pt shooting struggles
Through five games, Chris Paul is hitting on just 5% of his three-point attempts on nearly four attempts per game — a slight cause for concern moving forward.
Attempting 3.7 per game for his career, CP3 has never been a volume three-point shooter, and his inefficiency hasn’t hurt the Dubs all that much. But Paul has had some wide-open looks that he’s just been unable to capitalize on.
Again, it is very early in the year, so expect Paul to start to pick it up as the season progresses with the veteran point guard having been prone to slow shooting starts in the past.
The Ugly: Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers
Of course, the Warriors are going to turn the ball over a lot — it’s who they are. But some of these turnovers were downright horrific, and Golden State was far too cavalier with the ball in the first half, allowing Sacramento to carry some momentum into the break.
Stephen Curry had a game-high seven turnovers on his own, with Kings’ head coach Mike Brown making a concerted effort to get the ball out of the hands of the two-time MVP.
Double teams are nothing new for Curry, who’s dealt with extra attention his entire career. But he demonstrated little patience on Wednesday, losing control of his handle and throwing a few careless passes straight to the opposition.
There are a lot of wrinkles for this Warriors offense to work out, but one thing they cannot do is gift their opponent points off silly mistakes. This team is too experienced for that, and they simply have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball.