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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 104-79 road loss vs. Hawks

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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 104-79 road loss vs. Hawks

The Warriors walked into State Farm Arena on Monday night eager to erase the memories of a fourth-quarter meltdown 24 hours earlier and instead found what has to be their bottom.

A 104-79 blowout loss to the lowly Hawks in Atlanta came as a direct result of repeated self-sabotaging flurries of turnovers, sloppy dribbling and ill-advised shots.

One night after a horrid fourth quarter led to a loss at Orlando, the Warriors -- one-half game ahead of the Hawks entering the night -- had a chance to lose the tag of the league’s worst team and instead reinforced the label with a 25-point thrashing.

While the Hawks snapped a 10-game losing streak and lifted their record to 5-16, the Warriors left Georgia lugging a 4-18 record that signifies their worst 22-game start in 32 years -- since they opened the 1987-88 season losing 21 of their first 25 games.

Here are three takeaways from a game that, at the start, had every reason to be close.

The return of Kevon Looney

After battling a neuropathic condition that flared up in training camp, Kevon Looney made his first appearance since opening night.

The 6-foot-9 forward-center looked about as rusty as one would reasonably expect.

Looney started at power forward -- with Eric Paschall sliding over to small forward -- and was slated to play 15-20 minutes. He played 15 minutes, finishing with two points (1-of-3 from the field), two rebounds and two blocks.

Assuming Looney experiences no adverse physical effects on Tuesday, he’ll be back in action on Wednesday at Charlotte. He’s going to need at least a couple weeks to find any kind of rhythm.

Ball movement concepts too often ignored

These Warriors are not good enough to consistently take defenders off the dribble, yet they spent much of evening attempting exactly that.

The results, naturally, were disastrous.

They actually had more turnovers (10) than assists (nine) in the first half -- and outdid that in the second half to finish with 17 assists and 23 turnovers. News flash: It’s almost impossible to beat even the worst of opponents when the turnover court exceeds the assist total.

The coaching staff believes in ball movement now more than ever. If it made the offensive game easier for Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, it definitely would make it easier for Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III and this team’s three centers.

There were far too many instances when the Warriors opted not to follow that script.

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Paschall shines alone

While his teammates were shooting 33.3 percent and making errors all over the court, Paschall was shooting 81.8 percent and had twice as many assists as turnovers. He simply had no worthy sidekicks.

Starting at small forward but also putting in time at power forward with Draymond Green resting his tender heel, Paschall finished with a team-high 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field, including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.

Paschall didn’t stop there, dishing a team-high six assists and grabbing a team-high-tying nine rebounds.

On a night when his teammates were in a fog, the 6-6, 250-pound Villanova product was the lone ray of light.

Warriors vs. Knicks watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Knicks watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- With the Knicks in town, the Warriors (5-20) have a good chance at doing something they haven't done in weeks: Win a game at Chase Center. 

History is on Golden State's side, as the Warriors have beaten New York 10 straight times, including the last five matchups in the Bay Area. 

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The Knicks come into Chase Center one week removed from firing head coach David Fizdale under familiar Knick-like circumstances. Since the move, the team has lost their last two games, bringing the league's worst record (4-20) into their only trip to the Bay. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Eric Paschall
F Draymond Green
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Glenn Robinson III
G D'Angelo Russell

Knicks
C Taj Gibson
F Marcus Morris
F Julius Randle
G RJ Barrett
G Frank Ntilikina

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: Steph Curry (Left- hand fracture), Klay Thompson (Left knee rehabilitation) are out. Eric Paschall (left hip soreness) is questionable. 

Knicks: Kadeem Allen (G League assignment), Reggie Bullock (Cervical disc herniation), Wayne Ellington (Left Achilles soreness), Ivan Rabb (G League assignment)

ROTATION

Warriors: Despite being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game, rookie forward Eric Paschall believes he'll play. Paschall's streak of double-figure scoring games ended at 13 on Monday night against the Grizzlies. The Warriors still have one of the league's worst defenses, allowing nearly 114 points per contest. Damion Lee is slated to make his return after a month-long absence, which will cut into Jordan Poole's minutes. After averaging nearly 25 minutes for the season, the rookie guard didn't play in Monday's loss to Memphis, a trend that should continue as he attempts to find his shot. 

Knicks: New York has had its share of turmoil over the last week, firing coach Fizdale after a 4-18 start. The news came weeks after Knicks executives Scott Perry and Steve Mills held a postgame press conference criticizing the coach over a roster they created. Julius Randle is averaging 16.7 points, but shooting just 44 percent from the field as a power forward. 

Officials: Eric Lewis (Crew Chief), Gediminas Petraitis, Lauren Holtkamp

Ayesha Curry describes Steph Curry's broken hand as 'really, really bad'

Ayesha Curry describes Steph Curry's broken hand as 'really, really bad'

Warriors superstar Steph Curry broke the second metacarpal in his left hand during Golden State's loss to the Suns on Oct. 30.

He underwent surgery on Nov. 1, and then had a second procedure last Friday.

Why did he go under the knife twice? 

"Because it was really really bad. Not a normal regular 'I fell off my bike' break. He just doesn't complain. My silent slayer," Curry's wife, Ayesha, said Wednesday afternoon on Instagram.

The follow-up surgery was to remove pins that were inserted during the initial incision, which helps explain the longer rehab process.

As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski noted last month:

Curry is out until at least February, which is when Golden State will provide another update on the two-time NBA MVP's status.

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Let's end this on a positive note:

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