The Warriors allegedly high-powered offense was reduced to a jump-shooting mess in Friday’s 101-77 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. At the end, when Golden State had made just 33.7 percent of their attempts, shot selection was an obvious concern.
The main culprits were the sharp-shooting Warriors guards: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. They each ere 6 of 16 from the field. Thompson was 3 of 8 from 3-point range, Curry 2 of 6.
MARK JACKSON: “I told the guys at the end of the day, these are shooters, getting good looks. They’re smart enough to turn it down and make plays but I want these guys to continue to be aggressive on the offensive end and don’t turn shots down. If you’re going to clap when they make open shots, you can’t be frustrated yelling at them when they miss the same ones. They’re knock down shooters who had a tough night.”
Jacksonsaid he doesn’t think the shot selection was bad. He said they just missed open shots. But that’s just a coach protecting his players. In the locker room at halftime,Jacksontalked to them about their shots.
Point guard Stephen Curry, who has made a concerted effort to get into the lane more, even acknowledged the Warriors needed to take better shots.
“We shot a lot of early threes in the beginning of possessions. But they were uncontested, a lot of us walking into it. You’ve got to find the balance between zero- and one-pass possessions versus getting to the basket and trying to get the ball moving a little bit and those same shots coming back around. Sometimes it is hard to turn down wide-open threes even if it’s early in the possession and you’ve missed a couple. But we’ve got to find that balance.”
The Warriors lost the game in the second and third quarters. They were downright atrocious. During those two periods, they shot 11 of 44 from the field (25 percent) with eight turnovers. It’s no coincidence that they took 16 of their 25 3-pointers during those two quarters. They were 1 of 10 from 3-point range in the second quarter, and 2 of 6 in the third quarter — meaning over those two quarters they missed more 3-pointers (13) than they took free throws (12).
DAVID LEE: “We got open shots tonight, especially from the three-point line. We just couldn’t buy a bucket. … We didn’t shoot the ball well enough. There’s always going to be days like this on the road and we need to do a better job on the boards to counter that.”This brings me to a new feature: Writer’s Rant.