Despite shooting a collective 8-of-23 in the first quarter, the Warriors hung with the Los Angeles Clippers in the first game of the second half of the season Thursday and trailed by two points heading into the second period.
Then the wheels fell off, in large part because of the rotations used by coach Steve Kerr.
Kerr decided not to play 2020 No. 2 overall draft pick James Wiseman in the first half, likely as a punishment for missing a COVID-19 test earlier this week, which led to him not being able to practice Wednesday.
Instead, Kerr played Eric Paschall, Juan Toscano-Anderson and recent G League call-ups Jordan Poole and Nico Mannion for over seven minutes in the second quarter. Kelly Oubre Jr. played the entire 12 minutes. Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins played less than five minutes.
It all added up to the Clippers outscoring the Warriors 31-17 in the second quarter. Los Angeles took a 59-43 lead into the halftime locker room.
Warriors Twitter was not happy at all watching the second unit get run off the court by the veteran Clippers.
Unless the Warriors can mount a second-half comeback at Staples Center, they will drop their fourth straight with games against the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers up next.