NEW YORK — As the Golden State Warriors’ road woes boiled over in a 143-113 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, head coach Steve Kerr said his team had hit rock bottom.
The Warriors are exhausted, playing without five rotation players, including three starters, and there’s no sign of when reinforcements will arrive. They went 1-5 on this trip, leaving them 3-16 on the road overall. And even though they’re about to begin an eight-game homestand, their schedule isn’t relaxing.
“You are what your record says you are,” Kerr said. “It was a bad road trip. We’re 15-18, so we’re a sub-.500 team, and we’ve got to find a way to turn that around.”
Meanwhile, the Nets have extended their winning streak to seven games and have won 11 of their last 12 games.
The Nets controlled the game from the start, building a 29-point lead in the first quarter, the Warriors’ second-worst deficit to first in franchise history. Golden State scored just 17 points, also the second fewest in a first quarter this season.
Brooklyn’s 91 points in the first half were a franchise record for first half points. The Nets are also only the third team in NBA history to reach that scoring mark in the first two quarters.
The 40-point lead they had over the Warriors at halftime was also a franchise record. That point differential is also the largest halftime deficit by a defending champion in NBA history.
“That first half, it was a bit of a shock,” dramond green he told ESPN.
Nets star forward Kevin Durant he said the key to his hot group is that they’ve only been “taking shots.”
“It’s a make or miss league,” Durant said. “We’ve been making solid shots all year. I think they’ve started to slip now. It’ll come with time… It’s about throwing the ball with confidence, being aggressive downhill to make plays for guys, tonight was one.” of those nights”.
Durant finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Nine Nets players finished with double-digit scores, tying a franchise record.
The Warriors committed 13 turnovers in the first half before finishing the game on 21 for 36 Brooklyn points. The night before, they committed 19 total against the New York Knicks. Poor ball handling and frantic energy play, resulting in a disorganized offense and weak defense, has been a common theme for the Warriors in their losses, especially on the road.
A smaller example of this has been the game of jordan poolewho finished with 13 points on 4-of-17 shooting, including 1-of-11 from 3-point range, two assists and seven turnovers against the Nets as he tried to make up for the absences of Stephen Curry Y klay thompson.
The Warriors can live with some of the mistakes Poole and others make, but not to the extent that they occurred in New York.
“The simpler [he] plays, the easiest shots [he] gets. It sounds like a paradox, but it’s been a problem here for us the last few games,” Kerr said. “The last two nights [he was] just trying too hard.”
The only bright spot for Golden State came from the third-year center. james wisemanwho, after spending the last few weeks in the G League, had a career night with 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting and six rebounds in 27 minutes.
That, according to Green, is the perspective that the Warriors must maintain to stay balanced in this stretch.
“You have to have that understanding because you don’t want to overreact,” Green told ESPN. “Saying that, the most important thing is always to play well, as long as you don’t make effort-related mistakes, you live with the results…we just have to understand where we are.”