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Steph Curry and Draymond Green score in Warriors' loss to Nuggets

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Well, it didn’t take long to get into the missing column. The Golden State Warriors failed to survive a disastrous second quarter, losing 128-123 to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

It was a frustrating game with too many turnovers and too few defenders. But there were some important points. So let’s break down the red pencil for some notes and look at both. As always, grades are weighted according to my expectations from each player.

Note: Last season, the league average actual shooting percentage (TS) was 56.6%.

Draymond Green

27 minutes, 13 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, 6 fouls, 6 on 4 shooting, 3 on 1, 4 on 4 free throws, 83.8% TS, + 11th

Green was arguably the brightest spot of the night. In a game defined by non-existent defense, he played a lot. But he also balanced it out with a strong offensive night, both as a striker and as a setter, even if this didn’t seem like the magical three-ball year.

The team looked competent when Green was on the court. When he left, they dispersed. He looked just as athletic and fit as he had been for years, and was actually a goal-scoring factor.

It’s great to see.

grade A

Post-game bonus: He managed the team with assists and plus/minus.

Andrew Wiggins

37 minutes, 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 2 fouls, 8 on 17 shots, 8 on 2 three pointers, 5 on 7 free throws, 57.3% TS, +7

Wiggins fired from the gates with seven early points. Then it froze for a while. Then he came back and was absolutely brilliant in the second half.

Green was the team’s best defender, but Wiggins was the only player on this side of the court to make a good effort and had several key defensive plays. Just like in the opening, he landed some important shots and was by far the team’s most active player on the window.

A really good performance highlighted by the fact that he played 37 minutes. The team needs that from him right now.

grade A

Post-game bonus: He led the team in rebounds.

Kevin Looney

19 minutes, 4 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 3 fouls, 2 shots on 4, 50.0% TS, +3

Looney did some good things, namely with her death. Nikola Jokić also had some good defensive positions.

But the Warriors need more than one rebound from him. He didn’t play badly, he just didn’t do much.

B level-

steph curry

36 minutes, 34 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 turnovers, 2 fouls, 10 on 22 shots, 11 on 5 triples, 9 on 9 free throws, 65.5% TS, +9

It was a three-act show for the Warriors where Curry, Wiggins and Green played well and no one else did. For the second game at the start of the year, Curry scored nine free throws. He remains extremely aggressive on offense, both in knocking down the defense without dribbling and cutting back like it’s outdated.

It wasn’t a good defensive game for him, but he scored 34 points with great efficiency on the field and that’s exactly what he did.

grade A

Post-game bonus: He brought points to the team.

Klay Thompson

24 minutes, 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 turnovers, 14 on 6 shots, 10 on 4 three pointers, 57.1% TS, +9

I don’t think Klay played very well in this game, but it was still an encouraging performance. He’s really starting to look like the old Klay and I’m very optimistic about the year he will live.

However, it was a tough defensive game for him and he struggled to impress the game when he wasn’t catching and shooting. His off-the-ball move is still not quite there, and the turnover has come from a few mandatory plays.

It’s an encouraging game, if not particularly good, if it makes sense.

B level-

Jonathan Kuminga

8 minutes, 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 1 foul, 2 on 2 shots, 100.0% TS, -10

Kuminga was much better than his disaster in the first game, but he still didn’t play well. Given his limited minutes, he made too many mistakes and his defense was brutal.

However, Steve Kerr did him no favors and put him in a cast that included both James Wiseman. and JaMychal Green. I’m not sure what the coaching team is thinking, but I’m not sure how they expect a big success from this.

Class: C

JaMychal Green

24 minutes, 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 3 fouls, 2 on 5 shooting, 3 on 1, 50.0% TS, -10

It’s a warm and cold performance for Green against the team he’s spent the last two seasons with. His attacking aggression on the glass is a breath of fresh air, even if the recoil totals don’t reflect that. He’s going to do a lot of damage in comebacks this season.

The defensive effort is lively, but it wasn’t particularly good in this game.

Like Kuminga, he struggled a bit because of some funky squads. It looked much better when playing with some beginners.

B level-

James Wiseman

16 minutes, 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 4 fouls, 4 on 5 shooting, 3 on 3 free throws, 87.0% TS, -14

Lots of highlights and lots of low light and I suspect this will be the case in almost every Wiseman game this year.

The good thing is, he showed great mental toughness on the free throw line. He went 0 to 4 in the opener and looked a bit depressed. He’s back on this. He also displayed a nice touch of paint, finishing with patience and finesse resulting in an extremely productive offensive play.

On the downside, it still doesn’t feel like it’s making a positive impact. He’s doing very well on offense, but I don’t think they’re really helpful on offense. He does a few good things on defense, but it’s still a pretty glaring weak spot there.

The Warriors are trying to cross the line between winning and improving, and Wiseman is representative of that, because it’s never clear whether he’s first or second on the court.

This note may sound a little generous, but after his injuries, my expectations are low.

B level-

Donte DiVincenzo

10 minutes, 3 points, 2 fouls, 3 on 1 shooting, 3 on 1 three pointers, 50% TS, -13

Two things may be true: DiVincenzo was terrible at this game, and I’m still confused as to why he only played 10 minutes.

Grade: C-

Jordan Poole

27 minutes, 7 points, 1 rebound, 7 assists, 3 steals, 4 turnovers, 2 on 5 shooting, 2 on 0 three pointers, 4 on 3 free throws, 51.8% TS, -20

It’s a really tough game for JP. He showed his passing hits and bowed with really good defense.

But other than that it was pretty bad. His offense lacked the aggression, finesse, and creativity that defined his game. This year, he was given a much larger role with Curry and Thompson tasked with running a funky squad second corps off the court. Maybe that’s giving him trouble, or maybe it’s just a two-game crash. Regardless, he didn’t play well.

Note: D+

Post-game bonus: Worst plus/minus in the team.

Moses Moody

13 minutes, 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 5 on 1 shooting, 4 on 1 three pointers, 30.0% TS, +3

The Warriors played a 10-man rotation in the first half and Moody remained on the bench. Then in the second half he took minutes from both Kuminga and DiVincenzo and played quite well, even taking some of Poole’s minutes into the late game on death row.

He remains an error-free player, but rarely comes up with anything remarkable. I have no idea what their minutes will look like on any given night.

B level

Friday’s DNPs: Ryan Rollins

Friday’s inactive: Patrick Baldwin Jr., Andre Iguodala, Ty Jerome, Anthony Lamb

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