Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 112-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers:
1. The NBA schedule is a grind. The Warriors played a 12:30 p.m. after an off night in Los Angeles and appeared sluggish even against one of the worst teams in the league. Steve Kerr mentioned his usual line about how in the NBA, the other teams have talented millionaires, too. “We gave that speech, but it doesn’t always work,” Kerr said. The loss shows just how amazing the 55-6 record is and how the Warriors have avoided similar losses for much of the season.
2. The Splash Brothers struggled from 3-point range like they never have before. Stephen Curry made the first shot of the game and proceeded to miss his final 10 3-point attempts. Klay Thompson missed each of his eight attempts from beyond the arc. And that was the ballgame, as the Warriors didn’t have the firepower on this night to get back into the game.
3. The Warriors’ defense didn’t show up. D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson took advantage of turnovers and had their way. Backup Lakers point guard Marcelo Huertas looked unstoppable at times. Kobe Bryant in his final game against the Warriors showed off some vintage moves. That doesn’t usually happen when the Warriors clamp down on defense.
4. Andrew Bogut said he’s fine. He went to the locker room in the second quarter to address a left knee issue and after the game downplayed it. After all, he came back for the start of the second half. He said he simply collided with Julius Randle and just needed to ice the knee. That’s a big sigh of relief for the Warriors.
5. The Warriors respect Kobe Bryant. He said Curry thanked him for an inspirational career. Draymond Green struggled to come up with only one word to describe the career, calling him “legendary,” but adding that the word didn’t speak enough to Bryant’s competitiveness. Bryant even though his team won’t be going to the playoffs got the last laugh against the Warriors with the upset win.