After a promising performance against the Raptors on Sunday, the Golden State Warriors got back to their dismal ways on Tuesday night. Facing the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the Dubs briefly looked like one of the worst teams in the league. The Knicks ended up winning 132-94.
With Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Donte DiVincenzo and JaMichal Green in the mix, head coach Steve Kerr gave youngsters like Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman a more prominent role in the rotation. Moody got a chance in the starting lineup in place of the injured Wiggins.
Jordan Poole led the Warriors in scoring with 26 points, but left much to be desired in all other aspects of the game. Poole had just 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 29 minutes with minimal defensive contributions. The Knicks attacked Klay Thompson defensively, dropping him in isolation all game, and he only scored 11 points on the other end of the court. Kevon Looney and Draymond Green were good, but the Warriors needed a big effort from the team’s defensive anchors.
Moody, Kuminga and Ty Jerome also scored in double figures, but there was no bright spot in this game. The juniors scored a few points, but it was not in their favor to get more prominent roles. At the same time, pinning the loss solely on the youngsters ignores the Knicks’ utter dominance from start to finish.
Despite some highlight reel minutes, Wiseman finished with just 6 points, 1 rebound and a -29 plus/minus (game-worst mark). As with the other prospects, it’s unfair for Weisman to pin the blame for the loss on him, but he didn’t perform well enough to earn more playing time.
The Warriors are back in action tomorrow night against the Brooklyn Nets and old friend Kevin Durant… So at least it won’t be too embarrassing if the Dubs drop 132 points again.