Warriors go cold on Christmas night, lose big to Lakers in yet another Oracle rout

Even with LeBron leaving early, Golden State falls 127-101 in marquee matchup

Bonta Hill
December 25, 2018 - 9:47 pm

The first round between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers ended in a technical knockout, and no, it wasn’t the defending champs who had their hands raised after the fight.

Despite LeBron James missing most of the second half and the Warriors cutting their 15-point halftime deficit to two with a 14-1 run after LeBron strained his groin, the Lakers took the standing eight-count and delivered a 127-101 knockout at Oracle Arena on Christmas Day.

That was the fourth home loss of the season, and in each of those losses — to Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Toronto, and Los Angeles — they’ve been blown out by at least 20.

The Warriors, from Klay Thompson to Draymond Green to Stephen Curry, couldn’t buy a shot. As a group, the back-to-back champs shot 25 percent (9-for-36) from distance and 40.9 percent (38-for-93) on the night.

Andre Iguodala, who scored a team-high 23 points while adding five rebounds and four assists, discussed being on the wrong end of the eye-popping blowouts at home.

No one should be worried about Warriors, but there should be concern about Klay Thompson and Draymond Green’s shooting this season.

Let’s start with Klay Thompson, who’s shooting 30 percent this month from the 3-point line. In his last five games, Thompson is shooting 18 percent from beyond the arc. On the season, he’s shooting 33 percent.

Tuesday night was no better for the four-time All-Star, as he hit only two of his seven shots for a quiet five points. Kevin Durant touched on Thompson’s shooting struggles afterward:

Green, who of course is known for his defense, is struggling mightily with his shot.

After back-to-back games against Dallas and the Clippers in which his shot was respectable (2-for-4 from the 3 against Dallas, 2-for-5 against the Clippers), he once again looked unsure of himself from the perimeter as the Lakers dared him to shoot.

Green took full accountability for his performance against the Lakers, a night in which he fouled out in 25 ineffective minutes.

Finally, in a game where the Warriors shot at least six airballs, Curry has mysteriously had subpar performances on this holiday.  He’s never scored 20 points on Christmas. Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof:

Curry can’t really explain it.

The Warriors will play the Lakers three more times in the regular, and possibly, they could meet in the Western Conference Finals. At times, Oracle sounded like Staples Center. No doubt the Lakers are a lot better, but Iguodala isn’t panicking. Good night, folks.

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