Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Warriors hope to get it turned around as they face Sacramento tonight

photo from sfgate.com: Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Poole is stripped by New Orleans Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball as True Holiday watches in 1st quarter as during NBA game at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 The New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson was all the rage at Chase Center on Sunday night in the Pelicans defeat of the Golden State Warriors 115-101. Williamson scored 28 points in the New Orleans win tell us what impact he’s been.

#2 The Warriors will take another try at it again as the Sacramento Kings come calling at Chase Center in San Francisco on Tuesday night

Join David each Tuesday for the Warriors podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Pelicans behind Zion Williamson come back beat Warriors 115-101

photo from sfgate.com: Golden State Warriors’ Damion Lee out rebounds New Orleans Pelicans’ Zion Williamson in 2nd quarter during NBA game at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, February 23, 2020

By Jerry Feitelberg

San Francisco- The New Orleans Pelicans visited the Warriors Sunday night and had to come back from a 10-point to win 115-101. It was a tale of two halves. The Warriors did everything right in the first half. They won the first two quarters of the game to lead 56-46.

The Warriors’ Damion Lee was on fire. He led the team with 18 points. The Warriors, who were without the services of Marquese Chriss and Draymond Green, played well on defense. The Pelicans shot just 34% from the floor. The only Pelican in double figures in the first half was rookie Zion Williamson. Williamson scored 14 points and was a force in the point.

The 19-year old star, who is six feet six inches tall and weighs 285 pounds, showed his athleticism as he made quick moves to the basket. He was difficult to defend as he likes driving to basket using his left hand. The Pelicans, the fourth-best three-point shooting team in the NBA, made seven threes in 21 attempts.

The Pelicans, who are within three games of the final playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference, came out with a vengeance to start the second half. They went on a 13-2 run to start the third quarter. The Pelicans made the first ten shots they tried in the period.

Five of them were three-pointers. The Warriors, on the other hand, missed all nine of their three-point shots. The Warriors didn’t quit. They played hard and tied the game 77-77 to finish the third quarter.

Things did not go well in the fourth quarter. The Pelicans started the road to victory with an 11-2 run. The Pelican’s Jrue Holiday got hot and began to make threes. The Warriors Juan Toscano-Anderson, who is from East Oakland, made a couple of threes to keep the Warriors within range of the leas.

Zion Williamson continued to wear down the Warriors defense. The Pelicans’ Nicolo Melli, J J Redick, and Holiday kept scoring from downtown. The Pelicans won the fourth quarter 38-14.

Game Notes and Stats- With the loss, the Warriors record drops to 12-44. The Pelicans improved to 25-32. The Pelicans started the season slowly. They had a lot of players unavailable due to injury. Williamson has played in about 10 games so far.

Alvin Gentry has his team playing well right now, and they are making a charge to get into the playoffs. Williamson, who was the first choice in the draft, has shown that he is for real. He will be a force down the stretch for New Orleans.

There were bright spots for the Warriors Sunday night. The team, down to just nine players, meshed well. The new guys, including Andrew Wiggins, played hard on both ends of the court. Wiggins had a tough night shooting.

He just couldn’t get anything going. He finished the night with eight points, ten rebounds, and four assists. The Warriors, nevertheless, had five players in double figures. Damion Lee knocked down 22 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four-threes.

Jordan Poole continued to play well. Poole had 19 points, four boards, and five assists. Juan Toscano-Anderson had a career-high 16 points. He also pulled down eight rebounds, had three assists, and made three threes. Backup Ky Bowman impressed with 15 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. Rookie Eric Paschall had 13 points and five rebounds.

Williamson Led the Pelicans with 28. Holiday had 23 points and 15 assists, Melli 20, and Brandon Ingram 17.

The Warriors continue the homestand with visits from the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers. The Kings will be here Tuesday and the Lakers on Thursday. Both games will start at 7:30 pm.

It was bombs away as Rockets blow out Warriors 135-105

By Jerry Feitelberg

San Francisco- The Warriors resumed play Thursday night against the visiting Houston Rockets. The Rockets, playing with a smaller lineup since the trade of Clint Capela, raced up and down the court. Their defense smothered the W’s in the first quarter. The Rockets connected on threes all night long. The Rockets, having been eliminated in the playoffs several times by the Warriors, had to enjoy pummeling the young W’s.

The Warriors only came early in the first period. They were leading 4-3 when Houston went on a 17-3 run. The Rockets continued to pour it on and finished the first quarter 38-17. The game was over for all intents and purposes at that point.

The Warriors offense picked up in the second quarter. The Rockets won the period 34-33 and finished the first half with a 22-point advantage. The Rockets made 15 threes in 26 tries. The Warriors made just one. James Harden had 16, Russell Westbrook 17 to pace the Rockets’ attack. P.J.Tucker finished the half with 15. He made five threes. Andrew Wiggins led the W’s with 10. Marquese Chriss had 8.

The third quarter belonged to Houston. Harden, Westbrook, and Robert Covington made it look easy as they outscored the W’s 37-27 to finish the third quarter leading by thirty-two 109-77.

Houston removed the starters about halfway through the fourth quarter. With 6:04 left to play, Russell Westbrook was called for a foul as he shoved Damion Lee to the floor. Westbrook, who had a technical foul called on him earlier in the game, lost his cool and had to be restrained by several members of the Houston staff. Westbrook was ejected from the game. He leads the league with 13 technicals. Draymond Green is second with 12. Play resumed, but the W’s could do nothing as they lost by a final score of 135-105

Game Notes and Stats- Looking at the stat sheet, it doesn’t seem that the W’s didn’t play that poorly. They were 44 for 91 (48.4%) from the floor. The Rockets were 45 for 87 from the floor. The reason for the huge loss was the fact that the Rockets made 25 threes. The Warriors made 7.

The Warriors had four starters in double figures. Andrew Wiggins finished with 22. Jordan Poole 19, Damion Lee 13, Marquese Chriss 10. Eric Paschall and Juan Toscano-Anderson, both coming off the bench, knocked 13 and 10.

James Harden paced the Rockets with 29. Westbrook had 21, Robert Covington 20, Jeff Green 17, P.J.Tucker 15, and Danuel House 11.

The Warriors are now 12-44 for the year. Houston improved to 35-20.

The Warriors host the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. The Pelicans’ big rookie Zion Williamson will be making his first appearance in San Francisco. The game will start at 5:30 pm at the Chase Center.

Warriors come close still lose again 112-106 this time Phoenix

photo sfgate.com: Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives around Golden State Warriors forward Marquese Chriss (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Phoenix.

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors, with newly-acquired Andrew Wiggins, played a very entertaining game against the Phoenix Suns Wednesday evening in the Valley of the Sun. There’s an old saying that a team cannot win the game in the first period, but they sure as hell can lose it.

That’s what happened to the Warriors. They turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter. The Suns took advantage, and they sprinted to a 10-point lead 34-24 after 12 minutes of play.

The Warriors handled the ball better in the second quarter. They did commit four turnovers. What they couldn’t do is stop the Suns’, Devin Booker. Booker torched the Dubs with 18 points in the first half. The Suns scored 22 points off turnovers in the half.

The Warriors scored five in that department. The Warriors won the second quarter 26-24 to finish the first half trailing by eight 58-50. Marquese Chriss led the Warriors with 12. Andrew Wiggins, playing his third game as a Warrior, had ten.

The Warriors made a run in the third period to close within a single point of the lead 62-62. Phoenix did not fold. They beat back the Warriors challenge. The Warriors didn’t help themselves as they committed seven turnovers in the period. Phoenix was able to finish the third period leading by eleven 87-76.

The Warriors fought back. They were led by the play of Eric Paschall, Andrew Wiggins, and Jeremy Pargo. The 33-year-old Pargo, who signed a 10-day contract, played as if his NBA career was on the line, which it is. The Warriors came within four 100-96. Phoenix again rebuffed the Warriors challenge to win 112-106.

Game Notes and Stats- With the loss, the Warriors record dropped to 12-43.  Phoenix improved to 22-33. Suns’ head coach Monty Williams has led his team to more wins than they had for the entire 2018-2019 season.

The Warriors committed 22 turnovers in the game. The Suns turned those turnovers into 32 points. The Warriors scored 11 points off 14 Suns’ miscues.

The Suns took 14 more shots than the Warriors. They were 42 for 91 from the floor. The Warriors were 39 for 77. The Warriors shot 50.6% from the floor. That will typically win the game for a team. The Suns shot 46.2%. Golden State connected on 11 threes, the Suns knocked down 14.

The Warriors had six players in double figures. Andrew Wiggins had his best game as a Warriors. Wiggins knocked down 27 points, four boards, five assists, made three threes in four tries and blocked a career-high four shots. Marquese Chriss had a double-double.

The 22-year-old Chriss continues to impress. He had 18 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists. Jeremy Pargo helped out with 15. Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall each had 12. Damion Lee finished with ten. Draymond Green had six points, six rebounds, and nine assists.

The Suns were led by Booker’s 27 points. Booker, who is tenth in the NBA in scoring, was not an All-Star selection. Booker played as if he had a chip on his shoulder as he was all over the court Wednesday night. He had five rebounds, eight assists, and made two-threes to go along with his 27 points.

Kelly Oubre, Jr. Cheick Diallo had tenpois and eight boards. Elie Okobo 12, Mikal Bridges 14. The veteran point guard, Ricky Rubio scored nine points, had five rebounds, and recorded nine assists.

Wednesday’s night game was the last game before the NBA’s annual All-Star weekend. The Warriors will not have anyone representing them on Sunday. Eric Paschall will be going to Chicago as he has been recognized as one of the Rising Stars in the NBA.

The All-Star game will start at 5 pm. The Eastern Conference team will be led by Giannis Antekounmpo. The West by LeBron James.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: After recent deals have Warriors showed signs of improvement?

photo from sfgate.com: Golden State Warriors guard Andrew Wiggins shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James defends him in the second half on Saturday in San Francisco. The Lakers won 125-120

On the Warrior podcast with David:

#1 Although they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday 125-120 the Warriors after making a few deals have now and have played other teams close contest and have some signs of improvement

#2 How much will the Warriors miss the players they dealt in De’Angelo Russell, Alec Burks and Glen Robinson III and how huge is it to have someone like Andrew Wiggins on the team?

David does the Warriors podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Heat snap three-game losing streak down Warriors 113-101

photo from sfgate.com: The Miami Heat’s Duncan Robinson (55) takes a jump shot over the Golden State Warriors Marquese Chriss (32) in the first half of Monday night’s game at Chase Center in San Francisco

By Jerry Feitelberg

San Francisco- The Golden State Warriors gave a warm welcome to their former teammate, Andre Iguodala, Monday night at the Chase Center. Andre spent six years with the Warriors. The team went to the playoffs six times and won three NBA titles during his time with the team.

The Warriors showed a retrospective before the start of the game. Klay Thompson had the honor of talking with Andre before the start of the game. Iguodala, in his second game with the Heat, tried to keep his return to the Bay Area in perspective. “I haven’t had a chance to let it be something that is overwhelming,” Iguodala said. “I just see it as another game on the schedule. It’s more important for the team, so it’s actually helping me, if not allowing me, to not let it seem like a different type of situation.” Iguodala was greeted with a rousing ovation from the crowd when he checked into the game in the first quarter.

However, there was still a game to play. The Heat, coached by Eric Spoelstra, who is in his 12th year in Miami, had lost three in a row. The team was buoyed by the return of Jimmy Butler. Butler missed the last two games with a right shoulder strain.

The only time the Warriors led in the game was when Marquese Chriss made the first basket of the game. It was all Miami from that point on. The Heat led by ten 20-10 about two-thirds of the way in the first quarter. The Warriors were ice cold from the field. The W’s went on a 10-4 run to finish the quarter trailing 24-20. Draymond Green connected on a three. Jordan Poole also made a three. Jeremy Pargo made the next two baskets to tie the game at 20. Miami scored the last four points in the period.

The Heat overpowered the Warriors in the second period. They increased the lead to twenty-one 57-36. The Warriors could not do anything at either end of the court. Miami finished the first half leading 62-43. Jordan Poole led the Warriors with 12. The Heat’s Jae Crowder, who came to Miami from the Memphis Grizzlies, led his club with 16. Jimmy Butler had 13.

It looked as if it was going to be a blowout for the Heat. However, the Warriors, led by Damion Lee and Andrew Wiggins, got the offense going in the third quarter. After Miami scored the first two points of the quarter, the Warriors turned the tables as they went on a 13-0 run. The Warriors cut the Miami lead to four after an Eric Paschall three to trail 79-75. Iguodala returned to the court and that allowed Miami to increase the lead to eight 83-75.

The Heat took control of the game early in the fourth quarter. They shut down the Warrior offense and led 100-82. It was a 15-2 run that put the Heat in the driver’s seat. The Warriors could not catch up. Damion Lee played well but the Warriors just were overmatched. The Heat wins 113-101.

Game Notes and Stats- Damion Lee led the W’s with 26 points. Andrew Wiggins had 18, Marquese Chriss 17, Jordan Poole 12, and Eric Paschall 9. The Warriors shot 39% from the floor. They mad 11 threes in 34 attempts. The Heat outrebounded them 45-40. The Warriors committed 17 turnovers.

Jimmy Butler had a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards. Jae Crowder finished with 21. He made four threes. Douglas Robinson had 17. Robinson’s specialty is shooting threes. He connected five times Monday night.

Andre Iguodala scored two points and had 5 rebounds in 17 minutes of action. He was +25 while on the floor.

The Warriors’ Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond  Green are among the finalists for the 2020 men’s Olympic basketball team.

The Warriors travel to Phoenix to meet the Suns Wednesday night. The game will start at 6:00 pm. It will be the last game before the break for the NBA’s All-Star game weekend. The game will be played in Chicago.

New-look Warriors give Lakers a tussle, W’s still lose 125-120

photo from sfgate.com: The Golden State Warriors Andrew Wiggins (22) defends against the Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James (23) on Thursday night at Chase Center

By Jerry Feitelberg

San Francisco- The Warriors, without starter Draymond Green, who was out with back spasms, had another new lineup in the game against the LA Lakers Saturday night.

Eric Paschall started instead of Draymond. Ky Bowman replaced the departed D’Angelo Russell at point guard. Newly acquired Andrew Wiggins started in the other forward slot. Marquese Chriss remained at the center position and Damion Lee was the other guard.

The Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr had to wonder how his team would perform. They traded six players in the last two weeks. They received just one player, Andrew Wiggins in return. They also received several draft picks as they are in the process of building the team for a successful season next year when Steph Curry and Klay Thompson return.

The Lakers entered the game with the best record in the Western Conference 38-12. The Warriors owned the worst 12-40. The Lakers are led by LeBron James, Anthony, Davis, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, and Avery Bradley. The game, on paper, looked to be an easy win for LA.

The Warriors gave the Lakers all they could handle. In the first half, The Dubs’ Marquese Chriss knocked down 20 points to lead his team. Wiggins had 13. The Lakers outscored the W’s 33-25 in the first period. The Warriors won the second quarter 34-33 to finish the first half trailing by seven 66-59

The Lakers did not relinquish the lead the rest of the way. The outscored Golden State by five in the third period to lead 96-84. It looked like the lakers were going to cruise to an easy victory.

The Warriors fell behind by fifteen 102-87. It was at this point that Kordan Poole, coming off the bench, showed the Lakers and the rest of the NBA the reason the Warriors picked him in the first round of the draft. The young man from Milwaukee, who played his college ball at Michigan, started making shots. He knocked 16 points in the fourth period to close the deficit it just five points.

The Lakers led 116-111 and they could not afford to remove their starters from the game. The Lakers had to hang on for dear life as Poole and Chriss continued to make baskets to keep the Warriors close. The Warriors ran out of time as the fell to LA 125-120.

Game Notes and stats- There were a lot of bright spots for the Warriors Saturday night. Marquese Chriss played well on both ends of the court. He scored a career-high 26 points to go along with 9 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins, in his first game as a Warrior, put 24 points on the board.

Jordan Poole had 19. Ky Bowman recorded 11 assists and seven points. Alen Smailagic recalled from the G-League scored ten points. Damion Lee had 8, Eric Paschall six.

Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr had this to say bout the play of Andrew Wiggins: “I told him, `No matter what happens we need you to sprint the floor, both ways,” Kerr said after Wiggins scored 24 points in his impressive Warriors debut Saturday night.

The Warriors defense caused the Lakers to commit 24 turnovers. The one negative was that the Lakers outrebounded Golden State 47-33. The Warriors could not stop the Lakers’ big men LeBron James, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee, and Dwight Howard from controlling the boards.

Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 27 points and 10 rebounds. LeBron scored 22 points, eight boards, 11 assists, and he connected on three threes. Avery Bradley finished with 21.

 

 

Warriors trade Russell to Minnesota after dealing Robinson and Burks to Philadelphia

photo from sfgate.com: Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell (0) drives next to Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Brooklyn, Russell was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday morning

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors did not play Alec Burks or Glenn Robinson III Wednesday night in the game against the Brooklyn Nets. Burks and Robinson, as well as guard D’Angelo Russell, had been the subject of trade rumors for several weeks.

The Warriors announced the trade after the game. The Sixers will get Burks and Robinson, and the Warriors will get three second-round draft choices. They get Dallas’ pick in the 2020 draft, Denver’s pick in the 2021 draft, and Toronto’s pick in the 2022 draft.

Burks and Robinson were signed this season to a one-year contract. Both players would be free agents after the season. The trade took $4.2 million off the Warriors’ books and dropped the luxury tax bill from $9.3 million to $3.4 million. The team is now $1.38 million above the tax threshold. The Warriors payroll will go up as they have only 11 players under contract. They probably will sign Marquese Chriss to an NBA contract.

Alec Burks, in his ninth season, and Glenn Robinson, in his eighth, played well for the Warriors. Robinson was a starter, and Burks came off the bench. Both players can make a three-point shot. Burks averaged 16.1 points-per-game. Robinson averaged 12.9 ppg. Robinson pulled down 4.9 rebounds per game.

The trade will fortify the Sixers’ offensive attack. The Sixers rank 21st in the NBA in 3-point percentage. They need more scoring, and Burks and Robinson give them two players that can score.

The Warriors’ management and players liked Robinson and Burks. They fit in well. Since both will be free agents at the end of the year, the Warriors will be able to sign one or both if they feel that the players will fit in with the Warriors next season.

The Warriors dealt D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday morning. With Klay Thompson and Steph Curry back, the Warriors will go without Russell as the leader on the second unit. The Warriors will have two players that can put 50 points on the board every game next season.

The Warriors will get a lottery pick this year. They have the worst record in the NBA. With Burks and Robinson gone, The Warriors will give players like Jordan Poole and Omari Spellman more playing time. Next season, the Warriors will move Damion Lee to the second unit. Either Marquese Chriss or a healthy Kevon Looney will start at the center position.

If the Warriors get the number one pick in the lottery, they probably will pick James Wiseman. Wiseman is a big man coming in at 7 feet 1 inch of height. He left the University of Memphis after he was suspended for 12 games. He also declared for this year’s NBA draft. Wiseman averaged 19.7 points per game, 10.7 rebounds, and three blocks.

The Warriors, under coach Steve Kerr’s tutelage, will continue to play to the best of the team’s ability. It may not translate into wins this season, but with the return of Klay and Steph, the Warriors should be playoff contenders next year.

Nets pummel Warriors 129-88; Burks and Robinson traded to 76ers

image from nbabite.com

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors finished their five-game 10-day road trip with a visit to the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. The Warriors had won their last two games against Cleveland and Washington and a win over Brooklyn would allow them to return home with a 3-2 record. The Nets, playoff contenders, are the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 22-27.

The Nets’ star Kyrie Irving was not available to play Wednesday night. The Warriors dressed nine players as they kept Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson out of the lineup. Rumors have been swirling that the Warriors are looking to trade D’Angelo Russell, Alec Burks, and Robinson.

All three players have been able to put points on the board. The Warriors are up against a hard salary cap that prevents them from going after players that command a higher paycheck. The trade deadline is at 12 noon Pacific Time on Thursday.

As for the game, the Warriors, probably out of gas at the end of a long road trip, could not make baskets. The Warriors couldn’t handle the Nets onslaught. The Nets led 40-25

The Warriors lost the second period by six points. The Nets outscored the W’s 28-22, and the Warriors were just about finished. The score at the end of the first half was 68-47 in favor of Brooklyn. The Warriors were 2 for 22 from behind the three-point arc.

D’Angelo Russell paced the team with 15. Eric Paschall was second with nine. The W’s shot 34% from the floor. The Nets, on the other hand, were 49%from the floor and they made nine threes.

The Nets poured it on in the third quarter. The Warriors managed to score just 17 points while Brooklyn tallied 27. The Nets had the game in pocket leading 95-64 after the first 36 minutes of play.

Brooklyn used most of the reserves for the fourth quarter. It didn’t matter. The Warriors did not have the firepower to catch the Nets. The Warriors lost the game by a staggering 41 points 129-88.

Game Notes and Stats- With the loss, the W’s drop to 12-40. The Nets improved to 23-27.

The leading scorers for Golden State were D’Angelo Russell with 17. He knocked down just 2 points in the second half. Russell attempted 8 threes and did not make a single one. Eric Paschall had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and he made two threes in five tries.

Jordan Poole had 16, Kevon Looney 11 in just 17 minutes of playing time. Marquese Chriss added 8. The Warriors shot 36.5% from the floor. They made 5 threes in 39 tries. The Nets controlled the boards on both ends of the court as they outrebounded the W’s 65-34.

After the game, many of the Warriors were seen giving hugs to their former teammate Kevin Durant. KD and Steph Curry gave each other a big hug and were all smiles after the game.

Another former Warrior was in the news Wednesday night. Andre Iguodala, whom the W’s traded to Memphis, was traded to the Miami Heat. Iguodala refused to join the Grizzlies as they are a young team, and he wanted to go to a contender. The Heat filled the bill, and Iguodala signed a two-year extension for $30 million.

The W’s return home to face the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday evening at the Chase Center. The Warriors are planning a ceremony to honor the life of Kobe Bryant and the eight other people that died in the helicopter crash last month. The game will start at 5:30 pm.

 

Robinson and Burks pulled from game sets a sad tone in Warriors 129-88 loss

photo from sfgate.com: The Golden State Warriors Damion Lee (1) tries to put the brakes on the Brooklyn Nets Caris Lavert (22) at Barclay Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday night

By Jessica Kwong

BROOKLYN–The Golden State Warriors were dismayed to find out just before facing the Brooklyn Nets that veterans Glen Robinson III and Alec Burks would likely be traded, and that news set the tone for their 129-88 loss at Barclays Center on Wednesday night.

“It was a tough night to go out and play,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “Two of our leaders, elder statesmen, guys who are really beloved in the locker room–for the guys to find out that those two guys are most likely going to be traded was pretty tough.”

D’Angelo Russell, who received a warm welcome back from fans of his former team, scored the first points for Golden State with a floating shot. But the Nets went on a 13-0 run and took a 15-2 lead just four minutes into the first quarter, forcing Kerr to call a timeout.

“There’s not a really good way to prepare for a game when something like that happens, and I think it showed,” Kerr said, referring to Robinson and Burks.

The timeout did not help the Warriors, who were without stars Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) and Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation). At the half, the Nets lead 68-47. Golden State never lead, but trailed by as many as 44 points, at the end of the game.

Two Golden State rookies admitted that Robinson and Burks sitting out impacted their game, but that it was not an excuse for the blowout.

“Today was a rough one just because everyone was mentally out of it, but it’s our job,” Warriors forward Eric Parschall said. “We know it’s a business.”

Warriors guard Jordan Poole said the team “didn’t come out how we wanted to.”

“The Nets are a really good team, but I don’t think I could blame anything for the performance,” Poole said. “Obviously, it was tough news that nobody wanted to hear, but you still have to go out there and you still have to play.”

Golden State was 5 for 39 (13%) from the three-point line, and their record has worsened to 12-40. Meanwhile, the Nets’ 41-point win was their biggest margin of victory since defeating the Denver Nuggets by 44 points in 2009.

For many Warriors fans, the highlight was probably after the game, when Curry hugged former teammate Kevin Durant, who also sat out for rehabilitation of his right Achilles.

While the Warriors can look forward to heading back to the Bay after their five-game road trip, it isn’t going to get any easier for them at home. They are facing LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m.