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Warriors continue stumbling, hit new low with 'worst loss of the season'

Warriors continue stumbling, hit new low with 'worst loss of the season'

OAKLAND -- Five days after thinking they’d hit the low point of the season, the Warriors on Sunday dug deeper into the abyss. They continued to dig shortly after blowing a 16-point lead and losing on their home floor to the lowly Phoenix Suns.

Not long after the horn sounded and the Warriors zombie-walked into their locker room at Oracle Arena, a video from the game surfaced wherein coach Steve Kerr served amateur lip-readers several tons of red meat.

The speculation, based on various websites attempting to read Kerr’s lips, is that he said “I’m so f---ing tired of Draymond’s s--t.”

The video, of course, went viral.

The Warriors went silent. Draymond Green didn’t address the media. And neither did Kerr upon exiting his office nearly two hours after the game.

“I’ll address media tomorrow,” he said.

This revelation was the perfectly dyspeptic conclusion to a night when the Warriors, proud champions the last two seasons and in three of the last four, were more inept in the final minutes than the Suns, who hadn’t beaten Golden State in four years and are in the midst of their fourth consecutive season with at least 50 losses.

From defensive slippage, to cold shooting beyond the arc, to Kevin Durant rolling his right ankle, plenty went wrong for the Warriors on Sunday after an impressive first quarter. To make matters worse, a couple scenes from their latest collapse were familiar -- specifically coming undone with turnovers.

After committing nine through three quarters, leading to nine points for Phoenix, the Warriors committed seven in the fourth quarter, providing the Suns with 14 of the 36 points they rung up in the quarter. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston each accounted for two of the giveaways, with Durant being charged with the other while turning his right ankle.

“Yeah, it wasn’t pretty,” Thompson said. “Probably the worst loss of the season, unfortunately.”

It’s hard to argue that. The Warriors had beaten the Suns 18 consecutive times, including three times this season by an average of 17.7 points. Phoenix was coming off a game Saturday night in Portland, while the Warriors hadn’t played since Friday.

Yet it was the Warriors who bungled and fumbled and stumbled to the finish, with Suns guard Devin Booker scoring 17 of his game-high 37 points over the final 12 minutes.

“Booker got going, and he had it rolling,” Kerr said immediately afterward. “We had our chances and we fought back at the end, but obviously not a great defensive performance for us the whole game. That’s really been the bottom line.”

The defense was terrific in the first quarter, during which the Warriors led by as much as 16, limiting Phoenix to 30.4 percent shooting from the field, including 1 of 8 from beyond the arc.

The defense was atrocious in the second quarter, when the Suns shot 71.4 percent (62.5 percent from beyond the arc) in outscoring the Warriors 40-28.

“(We had) lackluster energy and too many ups and downs throughout the whole game,” Thompson said. “Three-point shooting was ugly. We got great looks in the second half, great looks we make more than half of the time.”

After making four his five shots in the first quarter, Thompson was 6 of 17 the rest of the night. Curry was 6 of 20 for the game. Each was 4 of 15 from deep. The Warriors were 10 of 43 beyond the arc, 5 of 24 in the second half.

“It was just one of those nights where we shoot a very low percentage, but we still had a chance to win the game,” Thompson said.

The Warriors missed out on winning the game. But they still have a chance to save their hopes for the season.

Can they? Will a viral video threaten everything this team has built?

Kerr and Green have been known to squabble on a regular basis, mostly because both are stubborn and can be volatile. If the lip-readers are accurate, this can’t be ignored.

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The Warriors have lost six of their last 10 games. They haven’t won back-to-back games in nearly four weeks. They have 16 games to stitch themselves together and get what they want.

This night was not filled with false alarms. Problems exist. They are real. If the Warriors can’t fix them, they won’t like where this season ends.

Warriors congratulate Raptors for winning NBA Finals with newspaper ad

Warriors congratulate Raptors for winning NBA Finals with newspaper ad

There's a new king of the NBA, and they hail up North. 

The Raptors, not the Warriors, are celebrating their championship Monday at a jam-packed parade. But Golden State still has a presence in Toronto. 

The Warriors congratulated the Raptors for winning the NBA Finals by taking out a full-page advertisement in Monday's edition of the Toronto Star. 

While the results weren't what they wanted, the Warriors understand the bigger picture. This title isn't just for Toronto, it's for all of Canada. Beating the Warriors in six games brought Raptors fans their first title ever since the franchise was created in 1995.

After playing in five straight Finals, the Warriors now face a huge offseason where they will try to re-sign injured stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

Monday, however, belongs to Toronto.

NBA draft 2019: Updated order after Lakers-Pelicans Anthony Davis trade

NBA draft 2019: Updated order after Lakers-Pelicans Anthony Davis trade

From the moment the 2019 NBA Draft lottery concluded on May 14, it was safe to assume the New Orleans Pelicans would end up acquiring the No. 3 overall pick from the Knicks or the No. 4 overall pick from the Lakers for Anthony Davis.

On Saturday, New Orleans and Los Angeles reportedly agreed to a blockbuster trade centering around the All-Star big man. One of the pieces headed to the Pelicans is indeed the No. 4 overall pick.

The trade hasn't officially been completed, and isn't expected to go through until July 6 at the earliest, but we can still update the NBA Draft order knowing that the player taken by the Lakers on Thursday eventually will end up in New Orleans along with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart.

Also, in case you forgot, the Pelicans own the No. 1 overall pick, which they almsot certainly will use to draft Duke star Zion Williamson.

The Warriors will pick at No. 28 in the first round and No. 58 in the second round. The latest mock drafts have some intriguing options going to Golden State.

As for the Kings, they don't have a first-round pick, but they own the No. 40, No. 47 and No. 60 picks in the second round.

Here's the refreshed 2019 NBA Draft order taking the trade into account:

First round

1. New Orleans
2. Memphis
3. New York
4. New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers)
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte
13. Miami
14. Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)
15. Detroit
16. Orlando
17. Brooklyn
18. Indiana
19. San Antonio
20. Boston (from LA Clippers via Memphis)
21. Oklahoma City
22. Boston
23. Utah
24. Philadelphia
25. Portland
26. Cleveland (from Houston)
27. Brooklyn (from Denver)
28. Golden State
29. San Antonio (from Toronto)
30. Milwaukee

Second round

31. Brooklyn (from New York via Philadelphia)
32. Phoenix
33. Philadelphia (from Cleveland via Orlando and New York)
34. Philadelphia (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers)
35. Atlanta
36. Charlotte (from Washington via Orlando, Denver and Atlanta)
37. Dallas
38. Chicago (from Memphis)
39. New Orleans
40. Sacramento (from Minnesota via Portland and Cleveland)
41. Atlanta (from Los Angeles Lakers via Cleveland and Indiana)
42. Philadelphia (from Sacramento via Brooklyn and Milwaukee)
43. Minnesota (from Miami via Charlotte)
44. Atlanta (from Charlotte)
45. Detroit
46. Orlando (from Brooklyn via Memphis and Charlotte)
47. Sacramento (from Orlando via New York)
48. LA Clippers
49. San Antonio
50. Indiana
51. Boston
52. Charlotte (from Oklahoma City)
53. Utah
54. Philadelphia
55. New York (from Houston)
56. LA Clippers (from Portland via Detroit and Orlando)
57. New Orleans (from Denver via Milwaukee)
58. Golden State
59. Toronto
60. Sacramento (from Milwaukee)