Warriors takeaways: What we learned from bounce-back win over Pistons

Warriors takeaways: What we learned from bounce-back win over Pistons


OAKLAND - A day after the worst home loss of the Steve Kerr era, the Warriors played like themselves again, beating the Detroit Pistons 121-114 on Sunday night. 

For the umpteenth time this season, Golden State proved that when they're engaged for a matchup, no one in the league can beat them. 

They outshot, outrebounded, outpassed, outplayed and even starved off a late Pistons run for a much needed bounce-back win to move back atop the Western Conference standings.

Here are the main takeaways from the game:

Warriors couldn't miss

A day after the Warriors struggled to find their shot, Golden State had their best shooting performance of the season, making 61.3 percent of their shots and 52 percent of their 3-pointers. 

Klay Thompson scored 24 points on 10-of-17 from the field, including four 3-pointers in a bounce-back performance. 

Blake vs. Draymond

In a matchup that would've been a box office attraction in 2014, Blake Griffin and Draymond Green provided an interesting subplot Sunday evening. Early on, Griffin attempted to challenge Green in the post, with little success. 

Midway through the first quarter, Green found Griffin on a switch late in the shot clock, and, after a few jab steps, wasn't able to get a shot off in time, much to the delight of Green, who tapped Pistons coach Dwane Casey and shot a blank stare at the raucous Oracle crowd.  

Green's defense help force Griffin to just 3-of-8 from the field in the first half, while Green had one of his best games of the season, finishing with 14 points, five rebounds and eight assists

Stephen Curry return

After a one-game absence for rest, Curry scored eight of the team's first 10 points, finishing with 26 points on 9-of-19 from the field. 

It was a welcome sight for Curry, who has been struggling with this shot over the last month. 

Curry's absence in Saturday's loss was due in part to get him rest after 49 straight games on the court, and if Sunday's performance was any indication, the decision was well worth it.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 124-122 overtime loss to Knicks

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 124-122 overtime loss to Knicks


SAN FRANCISCO -- In the battle of the worst teams in the NBA, the Warriors came up short.

In their latest effort -- a 124-122 overtime loss to the dysfunctional Knicks (5-20) at Chase Center -- the Warriors (5-21) were bullied from the start as New York built a 22-point first-half lead. 

For much of the season, Golden State's veteran core has been warned that these types of starts will not end in its favor, considering the Warriors' lack of talent. On Wednesday, the team didn't take heed to the message, losing their second straight game. 

Here are the takeaways.

Warriors get bullied early

Bad starts have been the norm for this iteration of the Warriors and Wednesday was no different. Through the first 24 minutes, the Knicks built an 18-point halftime lead as Julius Randle, Marcus Morris Sr., and rookie RJ Barrett scored 44 points combined through the first two quarters.

The Warriors responded after halftime, outscoring the Knicks 37-21 over a stretch in the second half and showed the effort they should have put forth at the beginning of the game. D'Angelo Russell sent the game into overtime with a late 3-pointer.

In previous years, with a star-studded roster, Golden State could afford such starts with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson looming in the wings. Now, with a younger cast, these types of starts can't happen. 

Solid game from Draymond Green

In a season he's not expected to score, Green did just that Wednesday evening, finishing with 14 points in 34 minutes. 

Playing mostly point forward role, he grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 12 assists, helping Russell and Glenn Robinson reach double figures. With three minutes left in regulation, Green found Russell for a 3-pointer to bring the Warriors within two points. On the next possession, he grabbed a rebound, found Russell again, leading to another score to tie the game. 

This year has been a trying one for the three-time champion as he's trading wins for lessons, putting his arms around the young roster. But as he showed, Wednesday, he's still got some game. 

Eric Paschall rookie wall?

Sure looks like it after his latest output. In 17 minutes, Paschall finished with just six points on 2-of-6 from the field. Entering Wednesday, he was one of the best rookies in the league. However, he's shooting just 39 percent from the field over his last three games as a hip injury is impeding his progress. 

In Wednesday's loss, he was battered, frequently grimacing, even after jamming his hand. 

No matter how good Paschall was at the start of the season, a rookie wall was inevitable. His response in the coming days will be vital.

Watch rehabbing Klay Thompson hit half-court shot at Chase Center

Watch rehabbing Klay Thompson hit half-court shot at Chase Center

Klay Thompson has yet to play a game at Chase Center, but on Wednesday night, he was seen shooting on the Warriors' new home court.

Prior to the Warriors' game against the Knicks, Thompson spent a few minutes shooting and even nailed a half-court shot.

A day earlier, the All-Star shooting guard was seen shooting after Warriors practice.

Thompson is rehabbing from surgery on his left ACL and is still months away from returning to game action.

With the Warriors mired in a 5-20 season, fans will take all the positive developments they can get.

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We'll be honest: It's good to see Klay's sweet stroke again.