On Wednesday night, the Golden State Warriors suffered a 141-105 defeat against the New Orleans Pelicans, concluding their seven-game homestand on a disappointing note. Despite the initial hope for positive momentum and consecutive victories, the Dubs managed to consistently disappoint the Chase Center crowd.
During their seven-game homestand, the Golden State Warriors managed only one win, narrowly defeating the struggling Detroit Pistons. The team, led by coach Steve Kerr with four championship rings, faces a complex situation. Despite the disappointing stretch, Kerr’s track record adds nuance to discussions about potential changes.
In the recent game against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Warriors never held a lead throughout the 48 minutes of regulation. The Pelicans established a double-digit advantage early on, maintaining control and preventing the Warriors from narrowing the gap to single digits after the first quarter.
The Pelicans showcased balanced scoring, with eight players contributing at least 12 points. Jonas Valančiūnas led with 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Zion Williamson posted 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. Guard Trey Murphy III made a significant impact with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists, boasting a noteworthy +38 plus/minus.
For the Warriors, the starting backcourt of Steph Curry and rookie Brandin Podziemski struggled, with Curry limited to 15 points on 13 field-goal attempts. Podziemski scored only 2 points in over 25 minutes and had a game-worst -31 plus/minus.
Despite the overall challenges, some positive moments emerged. Klay Thompson demonstrated defensive prowess and efficiency on the court, while Jonathan Kuminga and Kevon Looney contributed modestly. Off the bench, Moses Moody scored 21 points, and rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis was efficient with 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting.
With a current record of 17-20, the Warriors face uncertainties, including the potential return of Draymond Green. However, the team appears to be grappling with larger issues, and as the trade deadline approaches, decisions by rookie general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. and owner Joe Lacob could shape the team’s future.