Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 124-97 blowout loss to Mavericks

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 124-97 blowout loss to Mavericks


SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors hoped their current homestand would yield their first win of the new year. But any optimism for a long-awaited streak-ending win from Golden State quickly vanished in a 124-97 rout at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center on Tuesday evening.  

The loss was the Warriors' ninth straight dating back to December. The Mavericks led by double digits most of the night, essentially using the game as a cardio exercise. 

For a team searching for winning ways, the Warriors' effort failed to match their desperation as they continued their descent to the bottom of the NBA. 

Here are the takeaways from Tuesday night. 

Warriors get bullied

The Mavericks dominated from the start. By the end of the evening, Dwight Powell scored a game-high 21 points on 9-of-9 shooting, grabbing six rebounds. As Powell dominated, Mavs guards Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined for 32 points as the Mavs led by as many as 29 points in the second half. 

The Warriors will be even more concerned by their lack of activity on the glass. In 48 minutes, Golden State was out-rebounded 54-36 and out-scored 58-48 in the paint. 

Amid their losing streak, Warriors coach Steve Kerr has pleaded for more effort. On Tuesday, his calls remained unanswered. 

Russell shows rust

In his second game back from injury, D'Angelo Russell tried to build on Sunday's big game against the Memphis Grizzlies. He seemed to accomplish that goal in the first quarter, scoring 11 points and making four of his first seven field goals. Then, his night fell apart. 

Over his next 26 minutes on the floor, he finished 1-of-10 from the field, including 0-for-4 from beyond the arc. As Dallas' lead grew, Russell watched much of the finish from the bench. 

Russell can score in bunches, as he did in Memphis. But his output comes with occasional off nights, as Tuesday showed. 

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Jordan Poole finds his stroke

For much of the season, Poole's jumper has betrayed him. The trend momentarily ceased against the Mavericks. He finished with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. 

A good indicator of Poole's hot hand is the swagger that accompanies it. Eight minutes into the third quarter, he caught a pass from Draymond Green on the wing, drained a 3-pointer as he was fouled, then counted to four, mimicking teammate Steph Curry's celebration. 

The sequence was a good sign of how far Poole has come. Through 34 outings, he shot just 26.3 percent from the field, prompting a demotion to the G League. Now, he seems to have found a groove. 

Warriors’ NBA draft lottery picks since 1990, ranked from worst to best

Warriors’ NBA draft lottery picks since 1990, ranked from worst to best

It's been a while since the Warriors had an NBA draft pick in the lottery.

But due to Kevin Durant's departure and injuries to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors own the worst record in the NBA and will have one of the top picks in the 2020 draft.

Before general manager Bob Myers and the Warriors' front office add a top talent to the roster, let's look back at all the lottery picks the franchise has made since 1990.

From Tyrone Hill in 1990 to Harrison Barnes in 2012, here are the Warriors' last 17 lottery picks ranked from worst to best.


Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

In light of the coronavirus outbreak putting all American sports on an indefinite pause, hot takes have become the topic du jour for fans relegated to their homes.

While joining “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young was pressed on the many comparisons the young point guard draws to Warriors star Steph Curry.

On the subject of taking over Curry’s title as the NBA’s most feared shooter, Young doesn’t think it will be long before he overtakes Steph.

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It’s hard to take any stock in this statement given how much Shaq pressed the 21-year-old to answer.

But Young’s talent is unmistakable, and there’s a chance we’ll see Young resetting the record books one day the way Curry has throughout his 11 years in the NBA.

A year though? I’d imagine Curry and his teammates would disagree with that timeline.