30 + 30 = Warriors Loss
For the first time this season the Warriors lost a game where Steph Curry scored 30+ points. The Nuggets took control of the game in the 2nd quarter going on a 17-6 during a 5 minute stretch starting at 10:30 in the 2nd qtr. Unfortunately only Wiseman was able to contribute above their expectation with a great scoring night for him, 18.
The Warriors played defense below their ability. The borderline top 10 defense wasn't able to get consistent stops and allowed 7 Nuggets players to score in double figures. But their problem isn't their defense, it's the lack of offensive production outside of Curry. Wiggins was good enough, 7/16, but just didn't have his three ball and went 0/4 from deep. Everyone knows Oubre is struggling offensively. Ironically Oubre only hit 3s last night, going 3/8 from three and 3/10 overall. I still think that his scoring will come around (it can't get any worse) and he will become efficient enough as a scorer.
The current problem is Draymond Green's unwillingness to take shots. He took two shots last night and missed both. He is playing very well overall but has to do a little more to help this offense. Even just 5-8 FGAs/per game will make the defense play him a little tighter and open up his passing lanes more. Many things are out of the Warriors control and will come in time (i.e Oubre's shooting, Wiseman's development, developing the offense, etc.) The thing that is their direct control is having Draymond be some kind of offensive threat.
The Warriors have 3 days left to get their legs back under them. With the Suns game cancelled the last game on their road trip is the Lakers, the bench players better get their stretching in for that game. But then they get the Spurs and Knicks at home. By next Thursday I expect the Warriors to be 8-7 and back on the plus side of .500