Warriors takeaways: What we learned from Dubs' 20-point loss to Raptors

Warriors takeaways: What we learned from Dubs' 20-point loss to Raptors


OAKLAND – The Warriors took a flurry of big Canadian boots to the backside Wednesday night, coming away with a 113-93 loss to the Raptors at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors (19-10) were thrashed most every way possible by Toronto (23-7), a team playing its second game in 27 hours and doing it without MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard.

Kevin Durant scored 30 points (a team high), while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 24 on 10-of-29 shooting from the field.

The Warriors were 0-2 against Toronto this season, only the second time since Steve Kerr became coach in 2014 that they’ve been swept in a season series.

Here are three takeaways from a game in which the Warriors were competitive for all of about five minutes:

Who were these guys?

While the Warriors were resting Tuesday in the Bay Area in anticipation of this game, the Raptors were blowing out the Clippers in Los Angeles. That’s not how it looked once the ball was tipped.

Toronto went on a 15-2 run to go up 22-9 with 5:42 left in the first quarter. The Warriors got no closer than six the rest of the way.

When they weren’t a step slow on defense, they were flat-footed as Raptors raced around and beyond them. The Warriors, who played at such a searing pace in beating Minnesota two nights earlier, often operated at a slug’s pace.

That’s not who they’ve been, it’s not who they are and it’s not who they can afford to be if they are to defeat the team with the best record in the NBA.

They did a terrific job on Curry

Curry has a splendid history against the Raptors, averaging 29.8 points and 8.1 assists, better than against any other team in the league. On this night, he barely had room to breathe.

With Leonard out with a bruised hip, the Raptors altered their lineup. They moved shooting guard Danny Green to small forward, point guard Kyle Lowry to shooting guard and inserted sixth man Fred VanVleet at point guard.

VanVleet clearly had one defensive goal, to make Curry miserable. The Wichita State product clung to Curry like a rubber magnet. Curry finished with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting, including 2-of-8 from beyond the arc.

Curry generally tees off against Lowry, a mediocre defender. Though VanVleet got plenty of help, he also is a much more determined defender and it showed.

Durant’s value was visible

This was one of those nights that illustrate why the Warriors need Durant. The offense was being suffocated and nobody on the team overcomes that better.

It was not enough. Not even close.

Every Warriors run, and all of them were brief, were the result of Durant’s offensive work. His 30 points came on 13-of-22 shooting, including 2-of-4 from deep.

The Raptors had an answer most every other member of the Warriors. They had none for Durant, who also led the team with seven rebounds.

The biggest stain on his game was turnovers. He was a responsible for five of the 19 committed by the Warriors.

Steph Curry wears shoes designed by Riley, scores 32 in Warriors' win

Steph Curry wears shoes designed by Riley, scores 32 in Warriors' win

Nearly one month ago, Steph Curry debuted his latest signature shoe. 

The Warriors star point guard unveiled his Under Armour Curry 7 kicks on Sept. 23. On Oct. 19, he rocked a special pair of shoes that certainly have special meaning to him. 

In Golden State's final game of its preseason slate, Curry wore a yellow of pair of cheetah-print Curry 7s that his oldest daughter Riley designed. 

Steph didn't disappoint in the special shoes designed by Riley, too. Curry scored 32 points Friday night in the Warriors' 124-103 preseason win over the Lakers. 

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While the Warriors went just 2-3 in the preseason, Curry showed why many believe he could lead the league in scoring this season. The two-time MVP averaged 26.8 points over 24.5 minutes per game while shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point range. 

With a revamped roster that has less experience than years past, the Warriors might need Curry to make a run at MVP No. 3 if they want to make a run in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Believe it or not, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was once the worst player on his basketball team. That was at UCLA, but in his defense, he was one of the stand-outs in high school.

He was a star for the Monte Vista Mustangs and was recently part of the first Athletic Hall of Fame class.

Before the dinner honoring the group of inductees, he told his kids that he was being honored for being a good player, and they poked fun at him as they were confused about him being referred to as a talented athlete.

"But I'm in man, I got in -- they can't take it away," Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. 

His former school honored him with a plaque that he's sporting on his dashboard. He also got a license plate frame.

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Fitzgerald said he will be calling Myers "Hall of Famer" for the rest of the year.

Suppose that means it was worth it.