Warriors takeaways: What we learned from Warriors' tough loss to Spurs

Warriors takeaways: What we learned from Warriors' tough loss to Spurs


SAN ANTONIO — Following back-to-back solid performances against Houston and Oklahoma City, the Warriors couldn't find their shot in a 111-105 loss to the Spurs on Monday night. 

Despite a late run to get within four points with two minutes left, a late flurry from DeMar DeRozan sealed the win for San Antonio. 

The loss snaps a two-game Warriors winning streak and, with a road game against Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, makes the reality of a 2-2 trip all the more possible

Here are three takeaways from the game. 

No 'Splash' from the Brothers

In a game that begged for offense, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had a hard time providing it. 

Curry finished with 25 points on 9-of-25 from the field, missing a number of shots that could have kept the Warriors in the game down the stretch.

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Meanwhile, Thompson, who came into Monday’s game rolling, made just five of his 18 shots on the night. 

Thompson had been averaging 30 points on 50 percent from the field over his last four games. A good shooting performance from Klay would have helped the Warriors' cause. 

Andrew Bogut's return

After being summoned due to DeMarcus Cousins' sore right ankle, Bogut started his second tour of duty in Golden State in an appropriate fashion, committing an offensive foul after setting an illegal screen to free up Curry. 

Following the foul, Bogut gave the Warriors solid play, finishing with seven points, seven rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes. 

The offense seemed to flow well when Bogut was on the floor, giving a glimpse of what the Warriors can expect if the veteran center can recapture his play from his previous tenure in the Bay Area. 

Warriors couldn't stop fouling

The Warriors needed to be disciplined, but they committed 20 fouls on the night, including a momentum-stopping foul from Kevin Durant on Marco Belinelli in the fourth quarter that led to a four-point play. 

For a team that's trying to turn the tide on a subpar second half of the season, unnecessary fouls aren't conducive to that goal.

Ranking 10 best NBA superstar duos after wild free agency period

Ranking 10 best NBA superstar duos after wild free agency period

What a summer it's been in the NBA.

Six of the NBA's 12 best players swapped teams, some teaming up in pursuit of championship glory alonside their friend.

With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in LA with the Clippers, Anthony Davis joining LeBron James with the Lakers and Russell Westbrook being shipped to Houston to team up with James Harden, the NBA now is a league filled with Batman and Robins.

But which duo is the best? It's time to find out.

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Jay Wright believes Warriors' Eric Paschall might be even better in NBA

Jay Wright believes Warriors' Eric Paschall might be even better in NBA

As a freshman at Fordham University in 2014-15, Eric Paschall averaged 15.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

He sat out the 2015-16 season after transferring to Villanova, yet played an integral role in helping the Wildcats win the national championship because as his college coach Jay Wright told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group: “Our practices were sometimes harder than games.”

Paschall -- whom the Warriors selected with the No. 41 overall pick in last month's NBA Draft -- got better each year in college:

  • 2016-17 = 21.7 minutes, 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 27.9 percent from deep
  • 2017-18 = 29.8 minutes, 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 35.6 percent from deep
  • 2018-19 = 36.1 minutes, 16.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 34.8 percent from deep

The 6-foot-7 forward is extremely mature for a rookie (he will turn 23 years old on Nov. 4), and Wright has high hopes for the New York native.

“He might be a better NBA player than he was a college player," the two-time Naismith College Coach of the Year told Medina. "He’s done everything. That’s why I feel like he has the ability to have an outstanding pro career because he has the talent to do anything a coach needs.

"He also got the character and intelligence to do what is needed to win. He doesn’t have the ego that it’s got to be his way. He is the ultimate team player.”

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Warriors head coach Steve Kerr certainly will get a detailed scouting report on Paschall in the coming months, as he and Wright are serving as assistants with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team this summer.

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