Warriors guard Stephen Curry didn’t play as he rested his sore tailbone, and neither did Draymond Green, thanks to a sprained finger, but there were certainly other Warriors in uniform.
Looking at the final score in Golden State’s loss to the Raptors on Friday, however, it’s hard tell if anyone in blue and gold showed up for the game. The Warriors lost in historic fashion, with an astonishing final deficit of 53 points in a 130-77 loss.
Per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, that’s the worst Warriors defeat since 1972, when they lost by 63 points to the Lakers.
Golden State hadn’t lost by more than 48 points since that time, which of course includes some uninspired, bottom-dwelling teams.
The ‘humiliating’ loss, as coach Steve Kerr called it, dropped the Warriors’ record to a season-worst three games under the .500 mark, at 23-26. Per Letourneau, the loss was so painful, injured guard Klay Thompson couldn’t help but passionately address a few teammates in the hallway to the locker room.
The season has gone south at a time when the schedule was supposed to ease up a bit. The Raptors had lost 13 of their previous 14 games, after all. But Curry’s tailbone injury has thrown a gigantic wrench in the Warriors’ plans; the rest of the roster struggles often even with Curry in the lineup, and has appeared lost without him recently.
But there’s a lot of season left, and Curry is expected to play on Sunday in Atlanta. If this isn’t rock bottom for Golden State, even the supposedly promising future could have a dark cloud hanging overhead.
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