What we learned as Warriors close out Summer League with loss


Those Warriors fans hoping for one last glimpse of Jonathan Kuminga surely were disappointed and, unfortunately, Moses Moody, the team’s other lottery pick, didn’t do much to satisfy their curiosity.

Golden State closed out its Summer League schedule Tuesday by blowing a 17-point lead in the second half and absorbing an 84-76 loss to the LA Lakers at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Kuminga, experiencing groin soreness, joined Gary Payton II (rest) on the bench, while Justinian Jessup and Kyle Guy did most of the heavy lifting for the Warriors.

Here are three observations from Golden State’s Summer League finale.

The Moody File

The Good: He had a couple good moments, draining a couple 3-balls and later rolling in for a dunk in the final minutes of the game.

The Bad: Rough start. Moody airballed a 3-pointer, bricked a driving floater and committed an offensive foul -- all in the first 90 seconds. The rest of the game was not a complete disaster, but never came together. Put simply, he struggled more than the Warriors would like, given that he was the most talented player in the rotation.

The Stats: 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 2-of-7 from distance, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and five turnovers. He was minus-22 over 24 minutes.

The Jessup File

The Good: Deep shooting is his game, but he also exhibited additional scoring ability, most notably making a driving floater for at least the third time in the last two games. His 3-ball was on target early, both on the move and catch-and-shoot. Jessup was active, again, defending the passing lanes. He clearly is riding a wave of confidence and efficiency.

The Bad: After a hot start (5-of-6 in the first half), he tailed off precipitously. His lack of lateral quickness is glaring, and likely will be a permanent issue. Effort is fine, and there’s a chance he’ll get better, but this game was another example of Jessup’s limited upside on defense.

The Stats: 18 points, on 6-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-7 from deep, and 2-of-2 from the line, three rebounds and one block. He was plus-7 over 33 minutes.

The Guy File

The Good: Getting his second consecutive start at point guard, Guy provided slightly more than he did in a dismal game on Sunday. He made a few shots, but showed an aptitude for setting up teammates with nice passes.

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The Bad: His shooting, said to be, a strength, still was ineffective; for every make, he had two misses. He also committed three turnovers. 

The Stats: 15 points, on 5-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-8 beyond the arc, and 3-of-3 from the line; seven rebounds, five assists and four turnovers. He was minus-19 over 30 minutes.

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