At any time when the Golden State Warriors take two steps ahead this season, it looks as if they at all times take one other step again. The defending champs felt primed to go on a giant run up the standings popping out of the All-Star break. They’d received 5 video games in a row, and have been making ready to get Stephen Curry again. Curry returned to the lineup on Sunday towards the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers, however the Warriors blew the sport within the fourth quarter. On Tuesday, the Warriors suffered their second straight loss by falling to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, 137-128.
Oklahoma Metropolis gashed the Warriors from the opening tip, and it clearly pissed off veteran star Draymond Inexperienced. Throughout one possession late within the second quarter, Inexperienced referred to as for the ball within the center the ground, didn’t get it, and responded by throwing a mood tantrum on the ground. OKC had a fastbreak the opposite method. Watch the clip right here:
Inexperienced flashed to the center of the paint and referred to as for the go from Jordan Poole — and he ought to have gotten it. As an alternative, Poole reset the offense by kicking it out to Klay Thompson. Thompson did go to Inexperienced, however by that point Inexperienced had already rotated and thrown his arms up in disgust. That led to a turnover and a transition alternative for the Thunder.
Right here’s what Steve Kerr stated concerning the play after the sport:
Draymond and Poole have a historical past, after all. This season began with Inexperienced punching Poole within the face throughout a coaching camp follow. Poole obtained a long-term extension earlier than the season, and Inexperienced didn’t (he has a participant choice with Golden State for subsequent season), and it certain looks as if there’s been some animosity between the 2 this season that goes past the Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry.
Individuals on Twitter have been questioning what Draymond was doing through the play:
Draymond truly simply threw a mood tantrum in the midst of the play, there isn’t any method I simply noticed that
— Denver (@doubledworth) March 8, 2023
The factor is Draymond is true lol Poole passes that ball he has a dude open on the wing or on the rim however the way you act like a 5 yo in the midst of the sport aint you the chief?
— Shohei Ohtani Stan Account (@AndyKHLiu) March 8, 2023
Draymond simply stop on the play as a result of Poole didn’t go him the ball.
— warriorsworld (@warriorsworld) March 8, 2023
The Warriors are presently No. 6 within the Western Convention standings, secure from the play-in match by a half-game over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Everybody is aware of what the Warriors are able to within the playoffs, however the group simply by no means discovered its stride this season. It’s rapidly working out of time.
The Warriors have to get wholesome and keep wholesome in the event that they wish to go on one other deep run within the playoffs, and that begins with Curry and Andrew Wiggins. The subsequent a part of it’s Inexperienced getting again to being the chief and two-way drive Golden State wants him to be. The latter has been a piece in progress all season.