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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.

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry says NBA players upsetting President Trump doing 'right thing'

Steph Curry isn't able to peacefully protest in Orlando, Fla., but he's proud of what his NBA peers are doing with their platform.

Throughout the NBA restart at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, entire teams have taken a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial and social injustices. Players are wearing social justice messages on their uniforms. They are using their Zoom conference calls with reporters to call for equality and for the Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to be arrested.

In particular, United States President Donald Trump has taken exception to NBA players kneeling during the national anthem, stating that he's turning off games because of the action.

But Curry believes if NBA players are angering President Trump, their message is the right one.

“My barometer is always, if the current president is upset about something that somebody’s speaking out on, then you’re probably saying the right thing," Curry told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Monday. "Whether they’ve knelt, or sacrificed an interview to talk about Breonna Taylor, or whatever’s important, they’re talking about it and they’re backing it up with action.”

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James spoke to reporters last week about President Trump turning off NBA games because players are kneeling.

"I really don't think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game," James said last Wednesday. "And that's all I got to say."

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Curry, LeBron and the rest of the NBA community understand what they are trying to accomplish with their actions and words. They are making a push for justice and equality in society. They are not concerned with President Trump's opposition.

And as Curry indicated, if the current president opposed what they are doing, they should keep doing what they are doing.

How Steph Curry feels watching brother Seth in NBA bubble restart

How Steph Curry feels watching brother Seth in NBA bubble restart

Seth Curry has gotten accustomed to watching his brother Steph make deep runs in the NBA playoffs year after year, as the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals in each of the past five seasons.

But 2019-20 saw the script flipped for the Curry family, as Seth and his Dallas Mavericks will be among the eight Western Conference teams in the 2019-20 postseason, while Steph and Golden State finished at the bottom of the West standings, going 15-50 before the NBA's suspension of the season in March.

“For most of my career, I’m usually the one who’s been home watching Steph late in the season,” Seth told the New York Times' Marc Stein. “Now it’s the other way around and I’m still at work. I can tell it’s a little tough on him.”

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Steph did tell Stein that he's felt a bit of "FOMO" about the Warriors not being among the 22 NBA teams initially chosen to play in the NBA's restart in Orlando, Fla.

“Obviously I was happy to see basketball back on TV, but that first week I had major FOMO (fear of missing out),” he told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Sunday night. "Once you see Bron (LeBron James) and Kawhi (Leonard) and P.G. (Paul George) go at it, and you remember how much fun it is to play in those types of games and that kind of level, you miss it badly."

The two-time MVP played in just five games this season after breaking his hand early in the season, and with fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson missing the entire season while rehabbing from a torn ACL, there wasn't much hope for a return to the NBA Finals this season.

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Hypothetically getting nine months to recover before the 2020-21 season will be critical for Thompson and Curry after so many extra postseason games over the past five years.

It's not surprising that the hyper-competitive Steph would be a bit jealous of his brother, but he also told Stein he could see himself trekking to Orlando with his family to watch Seth and the Mavericks if they can advance out of the first round of the playoffs.