The Warriors, proud competitors, never raised the flag of surrender Wednesday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. If they had, the Nets would have smoked it.
Faced with deeply unfavorable circumstances, the Warriors wrapped up their six-game road trip with a totally predictable 143-113 loss to the Nets.
Playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, Golden State trailed by 29 points after one quarter and never came close to becoming a serious threat as Brooklyn extended its winning streak to seven.
James Wiseman led all scorers, with a career-high 30 points. Moses Moody and Patrick Baldwin Jr. each finished with 17, a career high for Baldwin.
Here are three observations from the end of an East Coast trip that leaves the Warriors (15-18) limping home three games under .500 for the first time since the 2020-21 season:
the wise clock
As Wiseman has endured a yo-yo season, going back and forth between Golden State and Santa Cruz, the one constant theme has been the discussion about his future.
Should the Warriors be patient with the 7-foot-1 center, monitoring his progress while allowing him to develop?
Or should they trade him because he’s not ready to contribute to a team that has a veteran core?
Those in the latter field had to love Wiseman’s performance. His 17 points, on 7 of 7 shots, represented a third of the team’s first half total. His 30 points came on 12 of 14 field goals. He added six rebounds and a block, finishing minus-12 in 28 minutes.
Wiseman was considerably more assertive than he was in Tuesday night’s loss to the Knicks. His defensive positioning, aided by Draymond Green’s coaching, was more in line with what the Warriors have been looking for.
Simply put, this was the most productive of Wiseman’s 16 NBA games this season.
The almost perfect newbie
Baldwin has played more games this season with the G-League’s Santa Cruz Warriors than he has with Golden State. He’s part of the rite of passage for a rookie not ready for significant minutes in the NBA.
Tonight, however, Baldwin took advantage of playing time due to the shrinking roster and turned in the most impressive performance of his two months in the NBA, posting a career-high 6-of-10 total from the field. including 5 of 8 beyond the arc.
The 6-foot-10 forward added three rebounds and finished minus-3 in a career-high 23 minutes. Baldwin came off the bench and made his first six shots, including five straight 3-pointers before missing one early in the fourth quarter.
This was a glimpse of the PBJ that had the coaches buzzing during training camp.
With Donte DiVincenzo (non-covid illness) and JaMychal Green (health and safety protocols) joining Curry (left shoulder), Thompson (rest) and Wiggins (right adductor strain), coach Steve Kerr’s rotation was in fight mode. total.
The starting lineup: Draymond Green, Kevon Looney, Jonathan Kuminga, Moody and Poole. Poole and Kuminga, the two most promising scorers, struggled hard. Green, Looney and Kuminga combined for 12 points. Poole shot 4-for-17 from the field, while Kuminga was 1-for-9.
The bench: Ty Jerome, Anthony Lamb, Ryan Rollins, Baldwin and Wiseman. Jerome managed to reach double figures, with 14 points.
In general, the result was as chaotic as expected. Two frequent trouble spots were prominent, as the Warriors committed 21 turnovers and Brooklyn, even with an indifferent second half, shredded the defense on 64.3 percent shooting from the field.