It is likely to early to tell, but the Golden State Warriors have not played well in two season-opening losses. The new-look Warriors lost at home in their new arena, the Chase Center, to Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers in their season opener. Then, head coach Steve Kerr’s team lost at Oklahoma City on a night where nothing seemed to go right.
Remember, the Warriors lost Kevin Durant to Brooklyn in free agency and then a knee injury in the NBA Finals claimed Klay Thompson. It is likely that Thompson misses the entire 2019-20 season as he rehabs an ACL tear. What is left of the Warriors is former two-time MVP Steph Curry and perennial All-Star Draymond Green.
The pair has been adequate, but not great in the Warriors’ two games. Green’s line of 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists in Game 1 was followed by an equally blasé 10, 5, and 2 in the loss to the Thunder. Curry scored 23 points in each game, which would be sufficient if he was surrounded by Durant on one side and Thompson on the other. Unfortunately, he is not.
The loss at Oklahoma City was troubling as Golden State shot just 32.6 percent from the floor and 15.2 percent from behind the 3-point arc. Curry was just 2-of-9 from long-range but 7-of-18 overall. Curry also had eight rebounds and five assists.
The newest Warrior, DeAngelo Russell played just 22 minutes against OKC after getting ejected for arguing a call. Russell finished with just six points and a minus-23 rating. He scored 20 points and had eight assists in the season-opening loss to the Clippers but finished with a minus-35 rating.
It’s too early to tell if Golden State is really that bad. They have a chance to redeem themselves on Monday night when they play at New Orleans.