Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 113-109 narrow loss vs. Jazz

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 113-109 narrow loss vs. Jazz


SALT LAKE CITY -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr had one request from his team two days after their latest blowout loss in Dallas: fight. 

On Friday evening -- with eight players out of the lineup -- the undermanned Warriors nearly came back from a 21-point deficit before losing to the Jazz, 113-109. 

Entering Friday's game, the team was without All-Stars Stephen Curry, D'Angelo Russell and Draymond Green, leaving a young roster to face a formidable Utah squad. But by the end of the night, the overmatched Warriors momentarily made a name for themselves, closing within two points in the final minute, and outscoring the Jazz 37-23 in the fourth quarter. 

Here are the takeaways from Friday's loss:  

Tough second quarter

Following a strong showing in the first quarter, the Warriors let the game get away before halftime, as the Jazz outscored them 35-23 in the second frame. 

Utah shot 61 percent and outrebounded Golden State 11-7 in that quarter, as Donovan Mitchell scored six of his game-high 30 points. By the end of the frame, the Warriors found themselves down 65-51 entering halftime. 

With a myriad of injuries, Golden State enters almost every game as a heavy underdog. The Warriors' current status means they can't let manageable deficits get out of hand, which happened Friday evening. 

Glenn Robinson III thrives

Lost in Golden State's horrid second quarter was the solid play of Glenn Robinson III, who scored 10 of his 17 points in the frame, keeping the Warriors within reach. 

Robinson III won a starting role following an impressive training camp, but struggled at the onset of the season. However, he has come on as of late, averaging 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game on 47-percent shooting from the field over the last three contests entering Friday. 

Like many on the Warriors' roster, Robinson is looking to revitalize his career after struggling last season in Detroit. If he continues his current trajectory, he will achieve that goal. 

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Bowman earning his keep

With most of the Warriors' point-guard rotation injured, two-way guard Ky Bowman once again rose to the occasion, scoring 17 points while adding six rebounds and four assists. 

Entering the season, Bowman was an undrafted free agent hoping to find his way into Golden State's system as a two-way player splitting time in Santa Cruz. Now, with Curry, Russell and Jacob Evans out, he finds himself as the team's only healthy point guard. 

Recently, Bowman has played himself into the Warriors' future plans, averaging 11.1 points, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game over the first three games of the road trip.

Why Andre Iguodala thinks Steph Curry shouldn't play again this season

Why Andre Iguodala thinks Steph Curry shouldn't play again this season

The plan is for the Warriors to provide an update on Steph Curry's status at some point in early February.

And the expectation is that the two-time NBA MVP will return to game action at some point this season.

Does Andre Iguodala think Curry should return to the court? When answering that question Friday morning on ESPN's "First Take," the 2015 NBA Finals MVP began with a joke.

"Selfish reasons -- no. He hurt the left hand, you can't play golf with the left hand if it's hurt."

Iguodala then provided what we think is his actual opinion on the matter.

"I think he needs to get a real break, in terms of being able to relax," the soon-to-be 36-year-old explained. "That long run -- mental reasons.

"I think it's good for him mentally to be able to step away, be able to get a nice breather. He's gonna come back on a wrath next year."

Going to five straight NBA Finals definitely took a toll on Curry, his teammates and the entire franchise. This "gap year" truly could end up being a good thing in the long run.

But the three-time NBA champion is dying to get back on the court, and it would be pretty surprising if he remains sidelined until next season -- despite the fact the Dubs have the worst record in the NBA and their draft lottery odds are at stake.

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As for Iguodala's status -- he is still waiting on the Memphis Grizzlies to strike a trade before the Feb. 6 deadline. If no deal comes to fruition, you can assume the two sides would agree on a buyout and Iguodala would be free to sign with any team other than Golden State.

But don't worry Warriors fans -- a reunion seems inevitable this summer.

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Why Warriors' Draymond Green isn't worried about technical foul count

Why Warriors' Draymond Green isn't worried about technical foul count

SAN FRANCISCO -- Draymond Green has toed the line against the league's automatic suspension for technical fouls many times in his career. But even with Green four such fouls away from a suspension, the Warriors forward isn't worried about missing any games. 
"I really don't care," he said Friday morning. "It is what it is."

As of Friday morning, Green has 12 technical fouls this season. If he is assessed 16 by the end of the year, he will trigger an automatic suspension and a $5,000 fine.

His latest tech came in the third quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Utah Jazz when he bounced the ball twice following a layup by Utah center Rudy Gobert, one of which skied high atop the basket close to the visitor's bench. On Friday, Green said he disagreed with the referee's call. 

"I got a tech the other day for bouncing the ball," Green said. "I ain't even slam the ball. I dribbled the ball, dribbled it again and let it go and I got a tech. Ain't my fault the ball had too much air in it." 

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Throughout his career, Green has been among the league leaders in technical fouls, barely avoiding receiving an automatic suspension. For the last two seasons, he's finished with 15 technicals, prompting a question from Green on Friday afternoon. 

"Have I ever got suspended for technical fouls?" he asked. "It probably won't happen again ... You just know what you're facing and you make adjustments."