Warriors takeaways: What we learned in Game 2 collapse vs. Clippers



OAKLAND -- Throughout the Warriors' dynastic run, they've proven their superior talent can overcome a multitude of sins.

That didn't happen Monday night when they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 135-131 at Oracle Arena, evening their NBA playoff first-round series at one game apiece.

In a game the Warriors led by as much as 31 points but constantly failed to take care of the basketball, the Clippers outscored them 85-58 in the second half.

Adding to the sloppy play, the Warriors might have lost an integral piece for the foreseeable future.

Here are the takeaways from Game 2, as the Warriors suffered the biggest blown playoff game lead in the NBA's shot-clock era:

Boogie done?

Just three minutes into his second career playoff game, Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins tumbled to the ground as he reached for a loose ball.

After sustaining what officially has been deemed a left quad injury, Cousins tried to walk under his own power and avoided help from his teammates as he limped to the locker room.

Cousins' return from a torn Achilles is well-documented. Through the first few months of the season, he tirelessly worked to get back into professional form, even playing well enough to earn himself a decent payday this summer as a free agent.

For now, with an MRI scheduled for Tuesday, Cousins and the Warriors will hold their collective breath, although coach Steve Kerr said afterward that the big man's injury is "pretty significant."

Too many turnovers

One day after Kerr criticized his team's lack of focus on the offensive end, the Warriors didn't seem to heed the message, committing 22 turnovers.

The Warriors have given up the ball 43 times in two games, and on Monday, they threw careless passes with an often-lazy approach and helped the Clippers overcome a big deficit. That's a habit for LA, which led the NBA in the regular season with nine wins after trailing by 15 points.

The Warriors still should be able to get away with a lazy approach against the Clippers because of their superior talent. But just as the regular season has taught us, it wouldn't be wise for the Warriors to be this careless in future games, starting Thursday night in LA.

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Looney steps up

With Cousins out, Kevon Looney was stellar, finishing with a career-high 19 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes. He did most of his damage in the second quarter, scoring 10 points and adding three rebounds as the Warriors outscored the Clippers 40-25.

Like in last year's postseason, Looney is showing his value to the Warriors as a dependable bench contributor. Over his first two playoff games this year, Looney is plus-31.

No matter the outcome of Cousins' MRI, rest assured that Looney will see a lot more opportunities.

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