Warriors takeaways: What we learned in ugly season-opening loss to Nets
What we learned in Warrior's ugly season opening loss to Nets originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Warriors opened the season with a performance for the trash can. If they didn't throw it away in the third quarter, they certainly did immediately after the last horn.
The 125-99 loss to the Championship Nets in Brooklyn on Tuesday brought such a dizzying string of unforgettable performances that coach Steve Kerr and his staff could avoid the trauma of video review.
They shot poorly, were hit on the glass and also set on fire from Brooklyn's 3-point shooting.
The Warriors were in double digits less than five minutes into the start and never threatened as the combination of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (48 points in 50 minutes) was too much for Stephen Curry (20 points and 10 assists, both team highs). who didn't play particularly well but got little more than leftovers from help.
Here are three takeaways from a night the Warriors emptied the bank early and would like to believe this will be their low point of the season:
Wiggins in the worst case
No one on the squad needed a good performance more than Andrew Wiggins, who is one of the most disrespectful players in the league this season.
His reputation remains firm after this game.
Wiggins finished with 13 points, shooting 4 of 16 off the field, 2-6 of them from a distance. He grabbed two rebounds, recorded a block and an assist while making four turns. His defense changed from inadequate to ineffective to retreat.
He played 31 minutes and finished minus 28.
Yes, it's just a game against a superior team. But if the warriors are to have any chance of success, Wiggins cannot afford to do much more extensive cruel feats.
Trouble with triple
The Warriors fired as many 3-point points during the preseason as if awards were given for volume. They toned it down a lot in this game and that was a good thing.
They were 6 out of 25 by three-quarters before they rallied to finish 10 out of 33.
The best deep shooters were the big men like Marquese Chriss, Eric Paschall (who started with Power Forward instead of Draymond Green (foot) and Wiseman and combined for 3-of-5
Curry was 2 out of 10 from the deep. Kelly Oubre Jr. was 6-0 on his Warriors debut and opted for a lonely highlight, namely a soaring, mind-boggling dunk after a Miss by Kent Bazemore.
Curry will do better; That is a given. Oubre has to do better, and he will, because it can't get worse than missing out on every attempt.
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Wiseman was nice
James Wiseman made his NBA debut on the grid. This is a welcome welcome for the promising 19-year-old who didn't play a minute in the preseason.
He spoke very well, played 24 minutes, scored 19 points (7 of 12 shots), grabbed six rebounds and two steals.
More importantly, Wiseman never seemed overwhelmed by the moment, the surroundings, or the starry opposition. He made a few rookie mistakes - he'll be making more as the season progresses - but he highlighted the skills and athleticism that Warriors are barely able to overcome their vertigo.
On a night that got dark early, Wiseman provided at least one bright beam of light.
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