Five things we learned from the Warriors’ 122-103 win against the Sacramento Kings:
1. Stephen Curry is banged up. He received treatment after the game and was walking around gingerly. He said it wasn’t his previously strained calf that was bothering him and told interim coach Luke Walton the same thing. Walton referred to the ailment as an “injury.” Curry was more vague. “The regular-season grind is upon me right now,” Curry said. “I’m just working through it.”
2. Steve Kerr wasn’t happy with the first half. Walton said that Kerr normally stays in the coach’s room during games and this case was compelled to speak with the team in the locker room about playing more like themselves rather than falling into the Kings’ trap. Kerr has been more active and is expected to join the team on its upcoming trip to Dallas and Houston.
3. The Warriors needed to close out on Omri Casspi. He was 13 for 18 from the field, hitting nine 3-pointers. It’s not often someone comes into Oracle Arena and out-shoots Curry, who did get the last laugh. Brandon Rush struggled and fouled out while drawing the assignment.
4. Steph vs. Seth was a fun match-up. The sight of his younger brother on the court brought out a moment where Stephen launched a deep 3-pointer and was visibly frustrated by the miss. “He let me know about it,” Stephen said of Seth. Playing against each other for the first time was a moment the family members in town for the holidays could enjoy.
5. Curry can heat up at any time. He went from scoreless to 17 points in a hurry in the final 3:16 of the first half. The heat check shots he took kept going in. The fans were thrilled to witness it. In an otherwise sloppy outing early on for the Warriors, there was Curry prettying it up. “It doesn’t surprise me,” Andrew Bogut said of the outburst. And to think for a while there, Curry was seen as slumping.