Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday night at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.
The Warriors did a horrendous job taking care of the basketball during their 135-131 loss to the Clippers. They committed 22 turnovers, which resulted in 34 points for LA.
The sloppy play started from the opening tip of Game 2 of the NBA playoff first-round series:
First possession of Game 2 — no clue why Durant rushes this pass to Klay (leads to a dunk the other way). He could have just attacked Shamet. Jim Barnett says: “He got too unselfish.” pic.twitter.com/r7m4alKq8B— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 16, 2019
And a couple possessions later:
Here’s an ugly Warriors turnover from Game 2 pic.twitter.com/uo113kNQII— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 16, 2019
Former Warriors point guard Tim Hardaway was in attendance Monday night at Oracle Arena, and he delivered a message to the Dubs during a radio appearance Tuesday morning.
"Protect the ball. First of all, stop throwing non-chalant passes Golden State Warriors -- Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green," he said on 95.7 The Game. "Let's throw some sharp passes. Make sure the passes are there. Make sure that you see the defensive man overplaying. You can't just throw non-chalant passes.
"Make sure you throw crisp passes and get the ball to the person and run your offense. I'd say about 10 or 11 turnovers last night were non-chalant passes, just throwing it any type of way.
"Ya'll can't have those type of passes."
Here are a couple more examples:
Draymond’s backdoor bounce pass to Durant gets stolen and the Clippers end up getting an easy dunk the other way pic.twitter.com/TXeg7DeSwH— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 16, 2019
Here’s another live-ball turnover that led to Clippers free throws the other way pic.twitter.com/AyH8Shp35a— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 16, 2019
Hardaway wasn't done giving advice. He then talked about ignoring Patrick Beverley's antics and focusing on themselves.
"Second thing, just run your offense. Don't worry about him," Hardaway added. "Protect the ball and make plays and use his aggression against him. Take him to the hole and make plays going to the hole. Set picks and just play the right way."
Simple enough, right?