The Golden State Warriors were positively decimated by the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.
The defending champions were without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins, so a loss was expected.
But few thought they were beaten 128-83 by the Pels.
It was a huge and embarrassing loss for the Dubs, just another loss on the road, but there were some brief moments of greatness.
Jonathan Kuminga got up for the block on Zion 😳
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 22, 2022
For example, Jonathan Kuminga managed to get a huge block against Zion Williamson of the Pelicans.
Considering Williamson is one of the most powerful, tough and intimidating offensive players in the league, it’s crazy to see Kuminga able to stop him.
Warriors fans loved that moment, but they didn’t love much else about the game.
The woes of the warriors continue
Curry, Thompson and others had a night off after back-to-back wins for the Warriors.
This gave the team’s second string a chance to shine.
But they weren’t shining brightly on Monday night, as the Pelicans had an answer for everything the Warriors tried.
Jordan Poole led the way with 26 points, while Kuminga was good for 18.
Then there was Moses Moody with 10 points and JaMycal Green with 10 of his.
The rest of the team was in single digits.
Head coach Steve Kerr wasn’t expecting a huge night from his team on Monday and instead allowed the unit’s lesser-known players some time on the pitch.
It could be good in the long run, giving them the chance to feel cohesive as a team and know how to play with each other.
It’s a good thing Kerr’s team had a game like this at the start of the season, because Monday night’s clobbering would look a lot worse heading into the playoffs.