It’s without a doubt that the Warriors have underperformed this season. A big reason for that is the fact that Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Demarcus Cousins have all – and are missing – time out with injuries. The three are All Star level players who can influence the outcome of a game at any given moment. That’s why the return of the two-time NBA MVP, Stephen Curry drew a lot of attention to the media. There were rumours surrounding him returning against Toronto (he was really missed by the Warriors during that game), but Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wanted Curry to rest for one more game. Therefore, Curry’s big return came on Saturday against the Detroit Pistons.
Curry had a great individual performance in that game, as he put up 27 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. That’s a pretty impressive performance, but there were two main reasons why the Pistons came out with the victory over Golden State: First of all, all-star Blake Griffin went off for a spectacular performance in 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Griffin was making big shots down the stretch when the Pistons needed them the most. The other reason for the Warriors’ loss was the lack of productivity that they received from their bench. The entire Warriors bench combined for just 13 points. No matter how well the starting lineup does for a team, is really difficult to win basketball games when your bench is pouring in just 13 points.
The Warriors found themselves down double digits for most of the second half, and the Pistons did a great job of maintaining that lead. The Warriors found themselves down by 10 points with 2:35 left in the fourth quarter, when Blake Griffin hit a huge 3-pointer for the Pistons to more or less ice the game for Motor City.
Golden State lost by a score of 102-111 and failed to show the media that their struggles would end with Stephen Curry back in the lineup after a nasty groin injury. Sure, Cousins and Green will return in the near future, but it’ll be tough for the Warriors to climb out of this big hole that their digging later on in the season. Golden State needs to figure things out, because things aren’t looking so good for them in the Bay Area.