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Warriors playing long game when it comes to resting Steph Curry

Warriors playing long game when it comes to resting Steph Curry

OAKLAND -- The Warriors can be sensitive about the subject of Steph Curry’s workload. He wants to play every game while striving to be a great husband and father and also making broad use of his massive social platform.

The Warriors understand all of this, and they do not want to obstruct any of it.

Yet workload management is one of the reasons Rick Celebrini was hired last summer to serve as the team’s director of Sports Medicine and Performance. Aided by high-tech fitness tools, he monitors every player for fatigue levels and beyond.

As much as the Warriors hope to nab the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, if not the NBA, everything goes through Celebrini. He is the gatekeeper of player availability. He decided that DeMarcus Cousins will not play in back-to-back games this season, that Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston will remain on routine body-maintenance programs and that Curry should miss the occasional game – such as Saturday against the Mavericks.

Curry seemed to benefit from the rest.

He scored 11 points in the first quarter Sunday and finished with team-high 26 in a 121-114 win over the Detroit Pistons.

With Curry, assuming he’s not injured, it’s a fine line. With the other veterans, the decisions are much more defined. Cousins is coming off a major injury, Iguodala and Livingston are mid-30s veterans requiring rest at regular intervals.

“Each player, we look at individually,” coach Steve Kerr said Sunday. “With DeMarcus, we made the decision based on Rick’s assessment that he should just not play back-to-backs this season. So, he’s not going to.

“Andre and Shaun both, periodically we’ve been giving rest to for the last several years based on the age and wear and tear.

“And then, every once in a while, it will come up that Rick will recommend we give somebody a rest. Last night it was Steph.”

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Sitting Curry was precautionary, according to Kerr. His work schedule and his numerous off-the-court endeavors leave him open to overload.

“He’s been going a couple months straight and has looked a little tired the last couple weeks,” Kerr said. “It made perfect sense. We will be better for it in the long run.”

It definitely looked that way on Sunday.

Warriors' loss to Kings goes down as historically rare in NBA history

Warriors' loss to Kings goes down as historically rare in NBA history

You have to give the Warriors some credit. It's really tough to do what they did Sunday night.

First, the good news: Facing the Kings at Chase Center, Golden State forced Sacramento to commit 29 turnovers, the most by any team in a single game so far this season.

The bad news: The Warriors lost ... by 21 points.

"I've never seen a box score like this where we forced 29 turnovers and lost by 21 points," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said after the defeat. "It's almost impossible to do that."

"I ain't never seen that s--t before," Draymond Green added. "We sucked. In every way shape and form."

They sucked, all right. Big time. Historically so.

As it turns out, the Warriors' loss Sunday night was the 56th time since the 1983-84 season that an NBA team forced at least 29 turnovers in a game and lost. It was, however, the first such instance since Feb. 6, 2004.

Of those 55 prior occurrences, though, only seven times was the losing team defeated by more than 21 points.

And of those seven prior times, guess which NBA franchise other than Chicago is the only one to have done it twice?

Naturally, the Warriors, including the most recent such occurrence back on Jan. 23, 2001, when Golden State forced Utah into 29 turnovers, and still managed to lose 100-78.

The Warriors went 17-65 that season, the second-worst winning percentage in franchise history -- for now, that is.

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After the historically-rare loss Sunday, Golden State currently is on pace to finish worse than that.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 100-79 blowout loss to Kings

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 100-79 blowout loss to Kings

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors (5-23) owned the Kings (12-14) throughout their five-year dynastic run. But on Sunday, their Northern California foes showed how much things have changed, as Sacramento beat Golden State 100-79. 

The Warriors' loss marks the first at home against the Kings since March 2018, and it wasn't close from the start. After a strong start, Sacramento led by as many as 25 points. 

Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with a game-high 25 points, while Harrison Barnes added 15 points of his own, helping extend his former team's losing streak to four straight games. 

Here are the takeaways from Chase Center:

Bad start

Two days after overwhelming the Jazz in the first quarter, the Warriors had the exact opposite start Sunday night. Through the first 12 minutes, Golden State shot just 33 percent from the field, turning the ball over five times (more on that in a bit). 

Worse, Golden State's defense was equally as bad as they allowed the Kings to shoot 62,5 percent with Buddy Held scoring eight of his 19 points in the quarter. 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr knows his team won't have the adequate talent to win on a nightly basis, but what will irritate him the most is a lack of effort, as shown in yet another loss. 

Sloppy play 

Coinciding with the bad start was the Warriors' inability to take care of the ball. Through the first 24 minutes, they committed 12 of their 21 turnovers, in a performance characterized by careless mistakes. 

Late in the second quarter, Draymond Green turned down a breakaway layup to attempt an alley-oop off the backboard to Glenn Robinson III, who was defended by two Kings players, leading to one of his two turnovers on the night. 

Giveaways have been particularly problematic for the Warriors this season. Entering Sunday, they were averaging 15.2 turnovers per game over their last 10 outings. In a season that prioritizes development, the Warriors need to improve their handle of the ball. 

Willie Cauley-Stein solid against former team

Two days ago, Cauley-Stein said it would be "weird" to play against the Kings. By the end of night, he was the lone bright spot in his team's horrid performance. In 30 minutes, the former first-round draft pick finished with 14 points, adding five rebounds. 

It's a positive sign for the center, who has struggled with the Warriors, averaging career lows in points and rebounds. With Marquese Chriss and Omari Spellman coming for Cauley-Stein's starting spot, Sunday's performance came at just the right time.