Warriors takeaways: What we learned in awful 120-92 loss to Thunder



OKLAHOMA CITY -- If you needed a reminder of how far the Warriors have fallen, Sunday's 120-92 loss to the Thunder was the biggest example yet. 

In the blowout, the Warriors were outplayed, outcoached and outclassed in their second straight loss to start the season. 

With Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley Stein injured, the Thunder outscored the Warriors 46-40 in the paint as Golden State continued to search for a formidable big man. 

For years, the Warriors-Thunder rivalry has been among the best in basketball. Now, with star power gone from both teams, the Thunder dominated on Sunday.

Here are the takeaways from the Warriors' lopsided loss. 

Another slow start

The Warriors started slowly once again Sunday. Through the first four minutes, they were outscored 15-3, allowing the Thunder to shoot 56 percent in the first half as they took a 70-37 lead into halftime. 

In two games this season, the Warriors have been outscored 135-91 in the first half. 

The Warriors, historically, have imposed their will on opponents early under coach Steve Kerr. They've either built big leads in the first half or pulled away with dominant third quarters. Now, with a new roster and a lack of star power, the Warriors' opponents are having their way. 

For the time being, it doesn't seem like the Warriors' play will get better anytime soon. With a depleted frontcourt, it's hard to imagine a better performance going forward. 

Bad shooting sinks Warriors

The Warriors started slowly, but they couldn't put the ball in the basket all night. Stephen Curry, Golden State's leading scorer with 23 points, shot just 7-of-18 from the field. The Warriors weren't much better as a team, making just 30 of their 92 shots. 

That included an 11-of-40 performance from the field in the first half and going 3-of-19 from beyond the arc. D'Angelo Russell -- who was ejected in the third quarter -- was just 3 of 10 from the field. 

The biggest symbol of Golden State's futility came in the second quarter when wide-open big man Omari Spellman hesitated underneath the basket and missed a point-blank layup. 

For a team that revolutionized scoring in the NBA, Sunday's game further emphasized the Warriors' fall from grace. While there's no way to replicate the loss of Kevin Durant or fill the void of an injured Klay Thompson, the team needs to find a way to get some semblance of offense back.  

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Defensive woes continue

The Thunder got whatever they wanted offensively Sunday, adding to the Warriors' list of issues. New OKC guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stayed hot, scoring 19 points and compiling nine rebounds and four assists. 

Dennis Schroder was also effective, scoring 16 of his 22 points in the first half. The Thunder shot 55 percent for the game. 

Entering Sunday, the Warriors had the league's worst defense, posting a 133.0 defensive rating in Thursday's home opener.

For years, Golden State's defense has been the backbone of its contending teams. Now, the Warriors are hoping it can play well enough just to keep a deficit under double digits. 

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