The Golden State Warriors fell to 2-13 on the road in a 125-119 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, dropping both games in back-to-back games. But our focus is not on the loss – it is on the shoulders of Steph Curry. He will undergo an MRI on Thursday after leaving the game in the third quarter.
It’s hard to think too much about the game, but we have to rate it. As always, the results are weighted based on our expectations for each player “b” average performance.
Note: True Shooting Percentage (TS) is a measure of scoring efficiency for three-pointers and free throws. Entering Wednesday’s games, the league-average TS was 57.4 percent.
27 minutes, 1 point, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 turnovers, 1 foul, 0-for-3 shooting, 0-for-1 threes, 1-for-2 free throws, 12.9% TS, +6
The Green’s defense was absolutely fantastic in the first quarter. It was a lot of fun to watch. And after that, his game fell apart a bit, ending the game in the fourth quarter after receiving two technical fouls.
Still and all, the defense was really good. The rest, unfortunately, was pretty bad.
21 minutes, 4 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 fouls, 2-for-5 shooting, 40.0% TS, -10
Lonnie wasn’t bad, but he had a hard time impacting the game. He didn’t start the second half, though, less because of his play and more because Steve Kerr was trying to find some opposition to exploit.
Now he has 79 assists for just 11 turnovers which is completely ridiculous.
30 minutes, 38 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 3 turnovers, 2 fouls, 11-for-19 shooting, 5-for-10 threes, 11-for-11 free throws, 79.7% TS -6
For most of this game, Curry was the only thing keeping the Warriors afloat.
He had 15 points in the first quarter — more than he had in an entire game last week when the Dubs played the Pacers. He had 27 points at halftime — all of his teammates combined.
He looked destined for a 50-point triple-double, putting the team on his shoulders and leading him to victory when no one was trying for the finals.
And then the story happened for a different reason.
Grade: A+/please be ok steph,pleaaaaaaase
Post-game bonus He led the team in points and assists.
38 minutes, 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 1 foul, 4-for-10 shooting, 3-for-6 threes, 4-for-4 free throws, 63.8% TS; +19
DiVincenzo got his first start of the season and was absolutely sensational. He was one of the few players other than Curry who actually showed up to play.
His energy has been a lifesaver for the team lately. You’ll see them in transition, half court offense, defense and rebounding. He’s regularly keeping his possessions alive, and finding teammates for good looks. And the bullets are starting to fall!
Whether the Warriors bench can be an asset remains to be seen, but if you’re wondering why the Warriors need DDV this season, games like this should tell you exactly why.
Post-game bonus Tied for the team lead in rebounding, led the team in plus/minus.
33 minutes, 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers, 5 fouls, 8-for-22 shooting, 1-for-7 threes, 3-for-3 free throws, 42.9% TS; +5
20/5/5 is good. Not bad efficiency / too many turnovers / rough defense.
24 minutes, 9 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 3 turnovers, 3 fouls, 4-for-13 shooting, 0-for-1 threes, 1-for-2 free throws, 32.4 % TS +2
After Curry and DiVincenzo, Kuminga brought the most energy in this game. His defense was very strong, and he attacked the glass amazingly. He had a few poor decisions on offense, but overall I thought his shot selection was much better than his efficiency would suggest. He’s missed shots, and he’s had a bit of trouble with Myles Turner and Jalen Smith.
Post-game bonus He is tied for the team lead in rebounding.
19 minutes, 15 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 1 foul, 4-for-4 shooting, 3-for-3 threes, 4-for-6 free throws, 113.0% TS; -5
Green was awful in the first half, but the second half was the best basketball we’ve seen him play since wearing a Dubs jersey. Along with his Green counterpart, Jamaical took over in the fourth quarter and rained down three after three, putting a ton of energy on the glass and defense.
The veteran was a sensational three-point shooter, but entered the game just 8-for-41 from long range. A 3-on-3 night must feel great.
12 minutes, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 1-for-2 shooting, 0-for-1 threes, 50.0% TS, -18
There are some days when Lamb looks like a breakout player and some days when he looks like a player who for some reason didn’t receive a spot in the NBA rotation until this year.
Wednesday was the last.
13 minutes, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 1-for-2 shooting, 0-for-1 threes, 50.0% TS, -20
Likewise, Jerome doesn’t seem like a player the Warriors will rush to get more minutes or turn into a guaranteed contract. There was a reason he wasn’t. Well, actually it was just a negative factor.
Post-game bonus Worst plus/minus on the team.
23 minutes, 13 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 5-for-6 shooting, 2-for-3 threes, 1-for-1 free throws, 100.9% TS, -2
The Warriors still want more from Moody as he remains fairly passive. He doesn’t rebound much, doesn’t make too many mistakes on defense, but isn’t very impactful.
But they’ll happily take that when he’s hanging around, almost making the ball and taking care of the ball and making a few nice passes.
Wednesday’s DNPs: Patrick Baldwin Jr
Wednesday’s inactives: Andre Iguodala, Ryan Rollins, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman