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

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

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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.

Kevin Durant, New York City 'match made not in heaven,' Michael Wilbon says

Kevin Durant, New York City 'match made not in heaven,' Michael Wilbon says

Kevin Durant has had a prickly relationship with the media this season.

But if the Warriors superstar thinks this is bad, he should probably scratch the New York Knicks off his free agency list.

The New York media is ruthless, and that's something the two-time NBA Finals MVP may not be able to handle if he joins the Knicks.

ESPN's Michael Wilbon doesn't see Durant fitting in Gotham.

"I think Kevin Durant and New York City are a match made not in heaven," Wilbon said on First Take on Friday morning. "It's OK, Kevin is a fairly thin-skinned guy. You can be that. But do you function best in New York? Look, Kyrie [Irving] grew up in metropolitan New York, he understands the mood, the tenor, the volume. I mean, Kevin, that's not his thing from my observation."

The popular rumor over the last few months has Durant and Irving declining their player options with their respective teams and joining forces on the Knicks.

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In a recent interview with the New York Post, Knicks president Steve Mills sounded pretty confident that his team will have a big offseason.

We tend to agree with Wilbon on this one, though. Based on what we've seen in the last few months, Durant doesn't seem suited for New York. If the Knicks lose games early in his tenure, the media and talk shows will crush him. If he doesn't bring a title to The Big Apple, they won't let him live it down.

Stay right where you are, KD. In more ways than one, you've got it pretty good in the Bay Area.

Watch Andrew Bogut do little bit of everything for Warriors in Game 3 win

Watch Andrew Bogut do little bit of everything for Warriors in Game 3 win

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Sunday morning at 11, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Andrew Bogut had a great game Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Scratch that: Andrew Bogut had a terrific game.

In the Warriors' 132-105 win over the Clippers in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series, the 34-year old recorded eight points, 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. In 25 minutes, he was plus-24.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft was instrumental in getting Kevin Durant off to a hot start:

Bogut led the Dubs with four "screen assists," according to NBA.com.

The 2015 All-Defensive selection also made a signifcant impact on the defensive end:

Klay Thompson was cold to start the game. He missed his first four shots.

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Bogut helped change that, though, a couple minutes into the second quarter:

After practice Wednesday, coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors are lucky to have Bogut. On Thursday, you saw exactly why.

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