Rewind: Warriors 'didn't play to our standard' in win vs Pacers


Rewind: Warriors 'didn't play to our standard' in win vs Pacers

OAKLAND – For the first 12 minutes Friday night, the Warriors brought a crackling energy and execution similar to that which served them so well in two road spankings earlier this week. It was as if they were out to make a point.

Out to show that, no, they were not looking past the Indiana Pacers and toward the epic Monday night battle against the San Antonio Spurs.

And then, suddenly, as if on cue, after building a 17-point lead in less than seven minutes, the Warriors began to regress – not enough to kick back what became a 122-110 victory, but enough to displease coach Steve Kerr in his season debut before an adoring sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

“We didn’t play to our standard tonight,” Kerr said. “Our standard is what we did the last two games in Cleveland and Chicago. Not necessarily winning by 30 – that would be nice but that’s unrealistic.”

The Warriors (40-4) won by 34 in Cleveland on Monday and by 31 in Chicago on Wednesday. Neither opponent got within single digits in the second half, as the Warriors rang up 71 assists, while committing only 18 turnovers, in those two games.

They committed 17 turnovers against the Pacers (23-20), who scored 23 points off those miscues. They capitalized on Warriors mistakes well enough to keep chipping at the deficit, getting within seven in the second quarter and within six in the fourth.

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After shooting 32 percent in the first quarter, Indiana shot 51.4 percent over the final three. The Warriors were fortunate the Pacers weren’t able to knock down 3-pointers, missing 14 of the 17 they hoisted.

“We got stops in the first quarter and were able to open up the game,” Steph Curry said. “It got a little ugly after that, but that good start propelled us to this win.”

As often is the case, Curry’s presence and production erased a lot of errors. His second triple-double this season – 39 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds – was necessary for the Warriors to keep Indiana from completing a comeback.

To hear Klay Thompson (18 points on 6-of-16 shooting) tell it, Curry was better than his impressive numbers.

“I’ve got to pick it up, personally,” he said. “Steph should’ve had 16 assists if it weren’t for me.”

Draymond Green (10-of-15 shooting) and Curry (11-of-19, including 8-of-15 from beyond the 3-point arc) aside, the rest of the Warriors shot as if the basket were locked shut: 39.3 percent (22 of 56).

There were times indeed when it appeared the Warriors might be taking Pacers lightly. In any case, the defending champs didn’t play nearly as well in their first game back home as they did in the last two on the road trip.

“The first game back at home is kind of the trap you can fall into,” Curry said.

“The assist-to-turnover ratio is always the first thing I look at on the box score,” Kerr said. “And then the defensive effort; are we defending without fouling? Are we pressuring the ball and getting teams out of their rhythm?

“We didn’t do that tonight. We turned it over and we fouled too much.”

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The Warriors avoided being penalized by converting on second shots (26 points) and getting out on the fast break, outscoring Indiana 30-18 in that category thanks mostly to a 14-3 advantage in the opening quarter.

That was enough to beat Indiana. A similar performance against San Antonio on Monday night would invite trouble.

“They’re a very good team that takes advantage of mistakes,” Green said. “We have to be better than we were tonight defensively and as far as taking care of the ball.”

From the sound of it, the Warriors understand that they’ll need to get back to the level displayed against the Cavaliers and the Bulls. That would beat most any team, on any night.

They didn’t have it on Friday against the Pacers, and it did not matter.

Seven records Warriors stars Steph Curry, Draymond Green could break

Seven records Warriors stars Steph Curry, Draymond Green could break

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 90 minutes before each home game and 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

The juggernaut Warriors of the last five years are no longer, but some key star holdovers have a chance to reach some NBA records this season.

With the departures of Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and the injury to Klay Thompson, the playmaking and scoring for the Warriors will mostly fall on the shoulders of Steph Curry, Draymond Green and newly acquired D'Angelo Russell. So as the construction of the team changed dramatically, the Warriors now potentially face a struggle to play the same suffocating defense most have come accustomed to.

Instead, they will rely on a high-powered offense and individual key defensive players to lead the charge. Here are some records that they could break this season.

Most 3-pointers in a regular season: Steph Curry 402 (2015-16)

The biggest key to Curry toppling his own historic 3-point season will be staying healthy and in the lineup. Curry has not played over 70 games in a season since 2016-17, and played 79 games when he shattered the season record.

Since the Warriors might have to outscore teams in shootouts with their defense less reliable, Curry will be able to fire away with abandon. Curry hit 354 3-pointers in just 69 games last season. If he played 10 extra games and maintained his average 3-point rate, he would have broken his record.

So what else could help Curry break 402? Well, just keep reading ...

3-point attempts per game: James Harden 13.2 (2018-19)

When Curry made 402 3-pointers, he averaged 11.2 attempts per game. Last season, he averaged a career-high 11.7 3-point attempts per game. Shooting two more 3s per game is within reason, and definitely a welcome proposition for all Warriors fans. 

Most consecutive games with 5+ 3-pointers made: James Harden 12 (2018-19)

The more Steph shoots, the more he makes. Harden might be watching a few of his milestones surpassed this season.

Most 3-pointers attempted in a game: Klay Thompson 24 (Oct. 29, 2018)

Most 3-pointers made in a game: Klay Thompson 14 (Oct. 29, 2018)

Curry already jokingly (probably) proclaimed that he would shoot 22 3-pointers on opening night against the Clippers. So would you be surprised if he had a few games this season in which he launched endlessly from long range? Unfortunately for Klay, he will have to sit idly on the bench for most of the season while Curry goes after his record.

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Most steals in a game: Larry Kenon 11 (Dec. 26, 1976), Kendall Gill 11 (April 3, 1999)

The defensive category belongs to Draymond Green, and after signing a $100 million extension and getting into the best shape of his life, he is primed for a breakout season. If last playoffs are any indicator of how he will play next season, then there are several defensive records and milestones that can be within his sights.

On Feb. 10, 2017, Green recorded a triple-double in Memphis. But it was not just any triple-double, it included 10 steals, one away from the single-game record. There will be many games next season that he will carry the team defensively, so perhaps he approaches the record again.

200 steals plus 100 blocks in one season: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen

In 2016-17, Green set a career-high 154 steals and blocked 106 shots -- down from his previous career-high of 113 the year prior. Remaining healthy and in the lineup for most of the season will be imperative for Green to even have a chance at approaching a 200-100 season.

It still is a long shot for Draymond to reach those totals, but when he is in shape, motivated and playing with fire, there's always a chance. 

Kevin Durant rocks Nets jersey for first time since leaving Warriors

Kevin Durant rocks Nets jersey for first time since leaving Warriors

Slowly but surely, Kevin Durant is moving on from the Warriors. 

After electing to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. Durant expressed his feelings on his time in the Bay, including the elation of winning the NBA Finals and the belief that he never would be accepted in the same way Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala were.

The next step in Durant's quest to move on from the Warriors came Thursday when he donned the black and white of Brooklyn for the first time in a promotional shoot.

Seeing KD rocking a No. 7 Nets jersey is ... a little weird.

Those jerseys are clean, though,

Durant won't see the floor this season as he continues to rehab from the ruptured Achilles he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Once Durant is back to 100 percent, he'll join Kyrie Irving and a band of young Nets trying to take over the Eastern Conference.

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As for the Warriors, they remade their roster after Durant's exit and will be looking to go back to their roots with a ball-movement centric attack that lets Curry, new addition D'Angelo Russell and Thompson -- when he returns from his torn ACL -- torment opposing defenses.