Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 129-124 OT road loss to Blazers

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 129-124 OT road loss to Blazers


PORTLAND -- The Warriors and Blazers matchup has provided plenty of memorable moments in the last decade. 

Now, even with both teams out of the playoff picture, they provided another thriller Monday night, with the Blazers (19-26) winning 129-124 in overtime at Moda Center. 

Along the way, Oakland-native Damian Lillard scored career-high 61 points, overcoming a balanced offensive effort from Eric Paschall, Alec Burks and D'Angelo Russell. 

After Lillard hit a 3-pointer to force overtime, the Blazers outscored Golden State 16-11 in the extra session, capped by two free throws from Lillard to seal the loss. In a season defined by injury, Monday's loss provided several lessons for the young core.

Here are the takeaways from a loss that gives the Warriors a 10-35 record:

Burks shines

With Russell struggling early and the Warriors failing to make any 3-pointers in the first quarter, an offensive spark was needed. By the end of the night, Burks provided that, scoring 33 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out eight assists. 

Burks started early, scoring Golden State's first nine points of the contest, becoming the lone bright spot in a quarter the Warriors shot 32.1 percent from the field. Down the stretch, he hit timely shots to combat Lillard's huge night. 

The performance was on brand for Burks, who came into Monday's game averaging 16.4 points over his last eight games. With most of Golden State's reputable scoring options on the bench, Burks will need to continue his current level of play for the team to have a chance. 

Marquese Chriss flies around

For the last week, Chriss has been adjusting to life as a two-way player, skipping most practices to preserve his active days on the roster. On Monday, he showed little sign of rust, scoring 14 points and pulling down six rebounds. 

Chriss was especially good in the second quarter, scoring six points in seven minutes, helping the Warriors take a 12-point lead. As he's shown throughout the season,  Chriss can be a difference-maker, especially as a lob threat. Under his current contract, he can prove to be a long-term difference maker. At his current pace, he's on track to do so. 

What rookie wall?

Recently, Paschall has been hearing questions about the drop from his early-season performance, prompting murmurs that he's hitting a "rookie wall." In the last week, he's momentarily quelled the noise, providing another strong display against the Blazers.

In 42 minutes, he scored 22 points and secured 13 rebounds. Paschall was especially good in the third quarter, scoring 10 points during the stretch, helping the Warriors take a five-point lead into the fourth quarter. 

The performance was indicative of Paschall's recent play. Entering Monday's game, he averaged 17.3 points and 5.7 rebounds over his last three games. If his latest output was any indication, he looks to be right back on track in his rookie season.

Michael Jordan's meme joke at Kobe Bryant tribute makes Steph Curry laugh

Michael Jordan's meme joke at Kobe Bryant tribute makes Steph Curry laugh

Michael Jordan spoke at Kobe Bryant's memorial Monday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

And while it was an incredibly sad day, the six-time NBA champion did provide the world -- including Warriors superstar Steph Curry -- with a moment of levity during his speech.

The original "Crying Jordan" meme -- derived from a photo taken during the five-time NBA MVP's 2009 Hall of Fame induction -- hit the mainstream in 2015, and stuck around for several years.

"I told my wife I wasn't going to do this because I didn't want to see that for the next three or four years," Jordan said.

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RIP Kobe.

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Joe Lacob discusses who will represent Warriors at NBA Draft Lottery

Joe Lacob discusses who will represent Warriors at NBA Draft Lottery

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will be held on Tuesday, May 19 in Chicago.

That night, the Warriors will find out what pick they will have entering the 2020 NBA Draft. It's an extremely important event and could have huge ramifications on the organization's present and future.

So who will Golden State send to represent the franchise?

"We haven't decided that yet, but we got some interesting ideas," owner Joe Lacob said Monday morning on 95.7 The Game. "We've got some outside-the-box picks. I don't want to blow it.

"It's actually really fun. Some are four-legged animals (laughter)."

You know who is a four-legged animal and would be a perfect choice? Rocco -- Klay Thompson's English bulldog.

Send the duo if need be. The image of Klay holding Rocco and beaming from ear to ear when Golden State secures the No. 1 overall pick is a tremendous visual.

The Warriors haven't been in the lottery since 2012 (when they selected Harrison Barnes with the No. 7 overall pick). Here is who represented them over a five-year span:

-2012 = Bob Myers
-2011 = Joe Lacob
-2010 = Larry Riley
-2009 = Larry Riley
-2008 = Mitch Richmond

[RELATED: Why KD leaving Warriors for Nets made no sense to Lacob]

It would be great to be able to add: "2020 = Rocco Thompson," so let's make it happen, Mr. Lacob!

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