Warriors takeaways: What we learned in brutal 100-96 loss to Magic

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in brutal 100-96 loss to Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Continuing a recent trend this season, the Warriors did just enough to lose. 

This time, the 100-96 defeat came at the hands of the Orlando Magic. Against the NBA's worst offense, Golden State (4-17) participated in a relatively low scoring affair, as Orlando (8-11) reached the 100-point mark on a free throw with 0.4 seconds remaining in the game.

However, the Warriors showed heart, overcoming a 12-point deficit to take a brief 89-88 lead in the fourth quarter before the Magic recaptured the advantage and held on the final seconds.

The loss marks Golden State's second straight loss, as the league's worst team continues to search for an identity amid myriad injuries to its core. 

Here are the biggest takeaways from the night at Amway Center. 

Eric Paschall flexes

The rookie continued an impressive campaign, scoring 17 points and adding six rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes. 

Fourteen of those points came in the first half, as he hit numerous shots in the paint, prompting injured All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell to blurt out, "He really can't guard you" from the bench, while encouraging the rookie to keep up his paint attack.

In his first year with the Warriors, Paschall has thrust himself into the Rookie of the Year conversation. Entering Sunday, he was averaging nearly 19 points per game over his last nine outings. If he continues his pace, he'll be a key contributor even when the All-Star cast is healthy.

Jordan Poole struggles

Less than 48 hours after the best performance of his young career, Poole failed to replicate it, missing all eight of his shot attempts. 

Making matters worse, he briefly injured his left leg following a layup attempt.

This season has been a struggle, as Poole is shooting just 28 percent from the field. Following his 20-point night in Miami, Poole vowed to keep the same confidence no matter how his shot is doing. 

Glenn Robinson III bounces back

After an 0-of-10 shooting performance in Miami, Robinson rebounded with a strong effort, scoring 13 of his 19 points in the first half, helping Golden State overcome that 12-point deficit. 

Robinson has turned into a key contributor for this young core, averaging nearly 11 points per game. He continued the trend Sunday, hitting a late 3-pointer to give the Warriors their brief one-point lead in the fourth quarter. As the Warriors continue to grow, so will Robinson's role.

Warriors recall rookie Alen Smailagic from G League before Knicks game

Warriors recall rookie Alen Smailagic from G League before Knicks game

Alen Smailagic just might make his NBA debut Wednesday night against the Knicks.

The Warriors recalled the rookie big man from their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, the team announced.

Smailagic -- the No. 39 overall pick in the 2019 draft -- sprained his ankle during Golden State's second training camp practice, and was sidelined for nearly two months.

He made his season debut with the Sea Dubs on Nov. 29, and averaged 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 21.9 minutes over his first six appearances.

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The 19-year-old shot over 47 percent from the field and 33 percent (8-for-24) from 3-point territory.

At this point, it's unclear if the Serbian will travel with the Warriors for Friday's game at Utah, or if he will play in Santa Cruz on Friday night against the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.

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The Traveling Fan: Warriors fans fly to Dallas for Dubs vs. Mavericks

The Traveling Fan: Warriors fans fly to Dallas for Dubs vs. Mavericks

Warriors fans are everywhere, and always are well represented on the road. Southwest Airlines is helping make that happen. 

Warriors fans Daniel and ShawnAnthony flew on Southwest to Dallas, Texas for the Warriors-Mavericks game on Nov. 20. 

The guys ate delicious food, explored the city, and took in the game.

The Mavs blew out the Warriors 142-94 that game, but it didn’t stop the fans from having an incredible trip.

"We still believe baby, let's go!" Daniel said at the game.

You can check out the full video in the player above, and check back here at NBC Sports Bay Area for future episodes of “The Traveling Fan.”