Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 131-107 blowout loss to Clippers

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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 131-107 blowout loss to Clippers

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Warriors (15-50) didn’t have much of a chance Tuesday night, and they had no chance at all once the Los Angeles Clippers (44-20) took a double-digit lead early in the second quarter.

If there was a bright side, it is that the 131-107 spanking took place in front of the smallest home crowd -- directly attributed to legitimate concerns about the coronavirus -- under a Joe Lacob/Peter Guber ownership now in its 10th season.

Andrew Wiggins, who after an impressive first four games with the Warriors has struggled to score over last seven, submitted his most efficient performance in nearly three weeks. He totaled 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-8 from distance.

Here are three takeaways from a game played under atypical conditions that sent fans to the exits in the third quarter.

Manhandled in every way

The Warriors, in a rebuilding season, are in the final weeks of auditions for the future.

The Clippers are championship contenders, built to win now. And, boy, was the disparity evident.

The Warriors were outrebounded (47-35). Center/forward Marquese Chriss took down a team-high 10 and backup big man Dragan Bender grabbed seven, including four during a garbage-time fourth quarter.

The Clippers consistently exploited an abundance of defensive breakdowns by the Warriors to shoot 50 percent from the field, including 45.5 percent from deep.

With the Clippers taking a 34-point lead (111-77) into the fourth quarter and the Warriors in no position to mount a miracle comeback, LA coach Doc Rivers had all five of his starters watch from the bench.

The carnage continues

On the night one rookie -- point guard Ky Bowman -- returned after a five-game absence due to a sprained right ankle, another rook went down with an injury.

Forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, the Castro Valley High product making his sixth consecutive start, lasted only 50 seconds before spraining his left ankle and leaving for the night.

With the Warriors starting the game with 10 healthy players, but only two – Andrew Wiggins and Eric Paschall – listed as forwards, coach Steve Kerr spent the remainder of the game with makeshift lineups.

It has not been determined how long Anderson will be out, but for the time being, he will go to the sideline, joining Stephen Curry (flu), Draymond Green (left knee soreness), Kevon Looney (left hip soreness), Alen Smailagic (right quadriceps contusion) and Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab).

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Smallish crowd, as appropriate

Even in a season when the Warriors didn't get anywhere near a playoff berth, crowds have been pouring into Chase Center at a relatively impressive rate. Not on this night, and it’s totally unrelated to the lure of basketball.

It’s also completely understandable with the coronavirus threatening to become a global pandemic and various local, state and federal governments taking measures to mitigate its spread.

Meanwhile, there is a growing and thoughtful reluctance to join large crowds, such as those attending an NBA game. There were signs posted at Chase Center entrances urging attendees to be hypersensitive about hygiene.

The attendance announced as capacity (18,064), but a fair estimate is that there were at least 5,000 empty seats.

This is the NBA, and any other popular spectator sport, as of Tuesday night. It’s not so much the new normal as it is the norm for now, indefinitely.

Warriors vs. Clippers watch guide: Lineups, injury reports, player usage

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Warriors vs. Clippers watch guide: Lineups, injury reports, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- It will be another night of player evaluation for the Warriors on Tuesday night, as they once again will be without Steph Curry and Draymond Green when they face the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff of the TNT telecast scheduled for 7:30.

Curry, who returned last Thursday after a 58-game absence, has not played since and will miss his second consecutive game. Green will sit out for the sixth consecutive game.

This leaves the Warriors (15-49) heavily relying on youngsters Eric Paschall and Mychal Mulder, both of whom have played well. The Warriors are chasing their fourth win in six games, something they have achieved only once this season, back in the final week of December.

The Clippers (43-19), however, are quite the formidable challenge. They’ve won six of their last seven games falling only to the Los Angeles Lakers, who sit atop the Western Conference. The Clippers have been held below 100 points four times this season, only once since Dec. 6.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Clippers

F – Kawhi Leonard
F – Marcus Morris Sr.
C – Ivica Zubac
G – Paul George
G – Patrick Beverley

Warriors

F – Andrew Wiggins
F – Juan Toscano-Anderson
C – Marquese Chriss
G – Mychal Mulder
G – Damion Lee

INJURY REPORT

Clippers: G Lou Williams (right calf soreness) is listed as out.

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (flu), F Draymond Green (left knee soreness), C/F Kevon Looney (left hip soreness), C/F Alen Smailagic (right quadriceps contusion) and G Klay Thompson (left ACL surgery rehab) are listed as out.

[RELATED: Warriors, NBA ponder reaction to coronavirus outbreak]

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Clippers: Big man Montrezl Harrell and Williams continue to be the league’s most productive bench duo. To call them reserves is misleading, as Williams averages 29.3 minutes per game and Harrell is at 27.9. ... Williams' absence will be felt, but it’s somewhat mitigated by the presence of shooting guard Landry Shamet and the Feb. 20 signing of point guard Reggie Jackson. Shamet is averaging 9.7 points and 27.6 minutes per game. In eight games, Jackson is averaging 8.6 points per game, with a high of 13 on March 1 vs. the 76ers. ... Morris entered the lineup upon arrival from the New York Knicks but continues to hunt his 3-point shot. After shooting 43.9 percent from deep with the Knicks, he’s at 26.3 percent in LA. ... The Clippers are only 3-7 in road games during which they trailed at halftime and 1-10 when they’ve trailed entering the fourth quarter. ... They are the only NBA team with four players averaging more than 18.5 points per game: Leonard (26.9), George (21.1), Williams (18.7) and Harrell (18.7). ... They are 16-3 in games following a loss and 10-1 in games they’ve entered with zero reported injuries. The Clippers have utilized 29 different starting lineups this season.

Warriors: Though Paschall has been solid all season and even better lately, coach Steve Kerr prefers to use him as the key player off the bench. The rookie is scoring (20.6 points per game over the last five) but also has increased his playmaking proficiency (29 assists over the last five games) well enough to run the offense. ... Bowman returns after a five-game absence due to a sprained right ankle and will provide needed minutes at point guard. ... After shooting 57.9 percent in his four games as a Warrior, Wiggins has tailed off to 39.1 over the last seven. He needs a recovery game, and it will be tough to get it against the Clippers' ravenous defense. ... Lee has scored in double figures in each of the last 11 games, while Paschall has done so in each of the last 10 and Chriss in 10 of the last 11. ... Mulder started in the win over Philadelphia on Saturday, contributing 18 points and three assists, and likely will remain in that role. ... Seven different rookies have worn Warriors jerseys this season, which largely explains their league-high scoring (28.9 points per game) from newbies. ... Barring a late scratch, 10 players will be available. ... The Warriors have utilized 33 different starting lineups.

Officials: Tony Brothers (crew chief), Sean Corbin, Mitchell Ervin.

Steph Curry won't play vs. Clippers, will miss second game with flu

Steph Curry won't play vs. Clippers, will miss second game with flu

Steph Curry will miss his second straight game Tuesday night as he recovers from the basic flu, the team announced. At his pregame press conference, Golden State coach Steve Kerr suggested that Curry would return Thursday against the Brooklyn Nets.

Curry joins Draymond Green as Warriors stars who won't suit up against the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center. The two-time MVP participated in an extended morning shootaround but wasn't fit to play.

After missing 58 games with a fractured left hand, Curry returned Thursday and scored 23 points in a loss to the Toronto Raptors. He then missed Saturday's win over the Philadelphia 76ers. 

[RELATED: Warriors sign Mulder to multi-year deal after strong start]

"He has no specific risk factors for COVID-19," the Warriors said in a statement before Curry missed Saturday's game.

Between his injury and the flu, Curry only has played in five games this season.