The Golden State Warriors were blown out by the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, prompting head coach Steve Kerr to say they must look inside.
When you lose to a team by 53 points, it’s bad. When you lose to said team, and that team just traded away pieces at the trade deadline to jumpstart a rebuild? Yikes. Big yikes.
This unfortunately happened to the Warriors on Friday night down in Tampa, where the Toronto Raptors pounded Golden State, 130-77. The loss drops the Warriors to 23-26 on the season and into 10th place in the Western Conference, keeping it barely in the playoff picture.
After the ugly affair, head coach Steve Kerr talked to the media and spoke about needing to be better, with the improvement starting from within.
Can the Warriors make another playoff run?
For the Warriors, it’s been a rough few years. The team had a magnificent run of three titles in four seasons from 2015-18, with the only non-championship year being a 73-9 campaign which ended in a seven-game loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
However, after losing to the Raptors in the ’19 Finals, the team lost Kevin Durant to free agency. Klay Thompson has been battling back from a torn Achilles and torn ACL as well since that series, not playing since.
This year, the Warriors have been buoyed by rookie James Wiseman and a resurgent Draymond Green, but the injury to Steph Curry has halted any real progress. However, Golden State decided not to trade away pieces for the future, instead holding onto Kelly Oubre at the trade deadline.
With 23 games remaining until the end of this abbreviated regular season, we’ll see if the Warriors can find some old magic within them.