The Warriors remain winless on the road this season, losing 122-115 to the Sacramento Kings despite spending several days trying to figure out their struggling none other than Steve Curry. Barely making it 13 games into the 2022-23 season, the Golden State Warriors have already found their recipe for losing. It proved to be endlessly repetitive and already frustrating for Dub Nation.
The Warriors got off to a strong start, with the starters building a double-digit lead. The Dubs led 32-21 when Curry went to the bench in the first quarter. Then the test came. Can the Warriors break the cycle of meltdown with Curry on the bench?
Early returns have been positive. Jonathan Cuminga had his best minutes of the season to close out the first quarter, and Jordan Paul converted a four-point game to keep the Warriors ahead 39-26 going into the second quarter. However, things went south in the second quarter.
Even Curry wasn’t able to stem the bleeding at the end of the first half. The Warriors offense was stagnant, as Klay Thompson forced several tightly contested shots while the entire team seemed unable to hit a shot from three. With the offense stalled, the defense crumbled, and the Kings went into the half with a 64-62 lead.
A lot happened in the second half, but Warriors fans haven’t seen anything this season. The Kings grew their lead in the third quarter, but were unable to put Golden State out of reach. Then, in the fourth quarter, when Curry and the Stars came back, they put in a late run, briefly taking the lead before the Kings answered and left the Dubs in the dust.
Curry was his usual self, scoring 27 points along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists, but the Dubs needed a next-level Steve to win on Sunday. Klay Thompson and Jordan Paul combined to score 35 points but needed 30 shots from the field to do so. Considering they struggled defensively, it left a lot to be desired. Andrew Wiggins was the Warriors’ most consistent scorer other than Steph, losing 26 points.
For the Kings, D’Aaron Fox, Keegan Murray and Domantas Sabonis led the way. Murray, the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft, demonstrated his advanced offensive skill set, shooting 5-for-9 from three and scoring 21 points. Fox scored 28 points and 8 assists, while Sabonis had 26 points and 22 rebounds.
Making matters worse for the Warriors, they’re back in action tomorrow night against the Spurs.