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Warriors suffer largest Christmas Day loss in 60 years

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Just about every Warriors-related stat over the first two games of the 2020-21 NBA season has been bad.

Steph Curry isn't playing up to his MVP level. Kelly Oubre Jr. and Andrew Wiggins have really struggled in their attempt to fill the void left by Klay Thompson. And the bench players aren't providing much at all. Aside from rookie James Wiseman, Steve Kerr's group looks completely lost.

The all-around poor play has led to a disastrous start to the season. As if the Warriors' 26-point loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Opening Night wasn't bad enough, they lost by a stunning 39 points to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

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The Warriors are the fourth team in NBA history to lose each of their first two games of the season by at least 25 points. Amazingly, the last time it happened was the 1989-90 Warriors, who lost their first two games by 30 and 27 points, respectively. That team, led by Run TMC (Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin) finished the season 37-45 and missed the NBA playoffs.

But that wasn't even the most stunning stat about Friday's loss. The 39-point defeat was the largest on Christmas Day in 60 years, per ESPN Stats and Info. Back on Christmas Day in 1960, the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ers) defeated the New York Knicks by a staggering 62 points, 162-100.

 

Losing by 26 and 39 points is not what Curry, Kerr and the Warriors are accustomed to, and this isn't the start they envisioned for this season. But Draymond Green is expected to return soon, and Golden State's next two games are against the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, so they should be able to right the ship, at least for a couple games.

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So, Dub Nation, if you're feeling glum about Friday's blowout loss, just take satisfaction in knowing that the Warriors aren't the Knicks and they didn't lose by 62 points.