A loss to one of the worse teams in the NBA. No offense to the Kings, but they haven’t really started off strong at 0-3 before this game. The Warriors can beat the Clippers and the Suns, but lose to the Kings in a heart breaking fashion. Nevertheless, both sides fought hard, and although the Warriors didn’t come away with a win, they’re still motivated. They will play hard against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
The Warriors only lost 94-92 today, but they were given many opportunities to come close to the game winner. Mark Jackson designed a beautiful play for Klay Thompson to come off the screen and get the ball. Splash, game winner? No, Chuck Hayes, being the good defender that he is, guarded Thompson, made him take three dribbles, and forcing a miss. Thompson hits the back-rim. Like many of his other missed shots, it was close.
The Warriors immediately fouled with 1.4 seconds left, but were still uncertain they could pull off a win. Despite the Kings splitting a pair of free throws, only 0.1 seconds were shaved off the clock, and the Warriors called a time out to advance the ball and maybe get a good look at a three. In the final second, Stephen Curry’s 33 foot three point shot was too strong, and hit off the back-rim. Again.
It was a good shot, but it was well contested. Although Chuck Hayes did contest the shot, he didn’t give Curry space to land, and Curry was undercut. The ref’s swallowed their whistles, and the Kings escaped with their first win of the season in improbable fashion.
Klay Thompson lead the Warriors with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Curry had 12 points and Lee had 20 points. The Warriors were just barely bested by their North Cal rivals, but they look to get back on it on Wednesday to improve their record from 2-2 to 3-2. Stay tuned and don’t miss Kyrie Irving and the Cavs, coming to town!