Warriors recover, reboot after stunning loss to Lakers

Warriors recover, reboot after stunning loss to Lakers

OAKLAND – After a full day to sweep away their sleepiest performance of the season, the Warriors returned to work Sunday and followed their usual routine in the wake of a stunning setback.

They went through extensive video review, and they practiced a bit longer and with more fervor than usual.

“With the day off yesterday, we got up and down,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We won’t scrimmage the rest of the week in our practice sessions, so (we did) a little extra work today.”

Though the Warriors were comprehensively deficient in a 117-97 loss to the Lakers, the most startling element was on defense. They failed to consistently switch or communicate, which are the pillars of their defense. They repeatedly blew assignments.

“We made some mistakes with our coverages that we’ll get better with,” Kerr said.

Asked if he could remember a previous game when the Warriors were so sloppy and unfocused on defense, forward Draymond Green struggled to identify one.

“I’m sure there’s one somewhere,” he said. “But it’s not something that you think of right off the top of your head.

“But that was definitely one of those where it was like every time we made a run, it was breakdown, breakdown, breakdown. You can’t really have that and win at a high level.”

The Lakers shot 64 percent in the pivotal second quarter, when they hiked a nine-point lead to as much as 19. The Lakers attacked the paint with regularity, putting up 46 shots and making 32 (69.6 percent). LA made eight 3-pointers, the Warriors five.

Such numbers pave a path to disaster, and they’re not something the Warriors care to see over the 76 games remaining in the regular season.

“We can learn a lot from that game the other night,” Kerr said. “Hopefully, we get off to a good start this coming week. We’ve got four games, three of them at home, so let’s set the table for the week.”

Green, though visibly perturbed during and after the game, was a bit more circumspect two days removed.

“You’ll always have moments where you feel like you’re taking a step back,” he said. “That’s a part of the 82-game season. It’ll happen again. And it’ll happen again after that.

“You can take something away from any game. At this point, it’s the sixth game of the year. If you’re not taking nothing away from the game, you got a problem.”

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in season-opening win over Thunder


Warriors takeaways: What we learned in season-opening win over Thunder


OAKLAND -- The ring ceremony was nice, the start fantastic. And then things got sticky for the Warriors in their season opener Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

Though they led by as much as 14 points in the first half, the two-time defending NBA champions stalled out on offense and turned leaky on defense, falling behind in the fourth quarter before coming back for a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Stephen Curry scored 32 points and Kevin Durant added 27 as Golden State held off OKC down the stretch.

Here are three takeaways from the Warriors' victory:

Injury concerns -- already

So much about this Warriors season is linked to the health of the squad. To that end, the last thing they wanted to see was Andre Iguodala's departure in the first half.

Iguodala left the game with 6:11 remaining in the second quarter and the Warriors leading 43-37. He headed for the locker room shortly thereafter and was diagnosed with tightness in his left calf.

Upon announcing Iguodala’s condition in the third quarter, the Warriors listed his return as questionable, although he never did return.

Iguodala is a crucial component of the Warriors' defensive mentality and offensive ball distribution. If he misses significant time, it will mean a heavier load for veteran Shaun Livingston and perhaps the newest member of the Warriors, Alfonzo McKinnie.

Hot Klay turns cold

There was no more devastating shooter in the preseason than Klay Thompson, who shot 51.6 percent from the field and an astonishing 55.2 percent beyond the arc.

That streak came to a dead halt in the opener.

The Warriors guard shot 5 of 20 from the field, including 1 of 8 from 3-point range. Some shots were rushed, some contested, others wide open. He made all three of his free-throw attempts and finished with 14 points.

The Warriors dodged some damage here. Even with weapons such as Curry and Durant, there’s a lot they have to overcome when Thompson misses 15 of 20 shots.

Jones plays well in first NBA start

Making his first NBA start, third-year center Damian Jones played 27 minutes and finished with 12 points (6-of-7 shooting), three rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists.

Though his numbers were solid but not spectacular, Jones managed to achieve his No. 1 priority. He effectively neutralized brutish Thunder center Steven Adams, who finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes.

Adams, however, did most of his damage when Jones was off the floor. Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell also took assignments trying to keep Adams, the NBA’s best offensive rebounder, from owning the paint.

Indeed, during one fourth-quarter sequence, Adams muscled his way toward the basket, only to have his shot rejected by Jones.

Andre Iguodala leaves Warriors' season opener with left calf tightness


Andre Iguodala leaves Warriors' season opener with left calf tightness

OAKLAND -- Warriors forward Andre Iguodala left in the first half of Golden State's season-opening game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night with tightness in his left calf.

The Warriors announced Iguodala’s status in the third quarter, saying his return was questionable.

Iguodala left the floor with 6:11 remaining in the second quarter. He totaled two points, two rebounds and two assists in 10 minutes before exiting.