Kevin Durant and the Warriors were coming off of an emotional victory against his former team in Oklahoma, so it’s not too surprising to see them lose the game after and that’s exactly what happened Monday night against the Nuggets.
Despite the fact the Warriors were coming off that emotionally tolling victory they were still the favorite as they always are, even without all star Klay Thompson, starting center Zaza Pachulia, and backup point guard Shaun Livingston. The mix of injuries, fatigue, and the Nuggets plain out stellar play were all reasons for the Warriors downfall.
The injuries were obvious for both sides but the Warriors would definitely miss there players more Monday night. The Warriors really had to go without three key rotation players on a night where everything that could go wrong, did. It’s easy to see the Warriors offense improve if Thompson was in the starting lineup instead of first year Patrick McCaw.
Fatigue was the biggest factor in this loss. The Warriors exerted so much emotion and energy into their victory in OKC that it was to be expected that they wouldn’t be able to come back with that same emotion and intensity.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were the two superstars on the floor for the Warriors and while fatigue didn’t seem to affect Durant, it was very evident with Curry. Steph scored only 11 points on a lack luster 22 percent shooting which isn’t like him at all. He was also only able to connect on one of his eleven three pointers. Durant on the other hand picked up where he left off, scoring 25 points.
The last determining factor of the loss was their opponent. Denver had a historically good night which happens from time to time. The Nuggets scored 16 threes in the first half alone which goes to show what kind of zone they were in.
Another bright spot for Denver was the superhuman triple double from rising star Nikola Jokic. He finished with 17 points 21 rebounds and 12 assists.
Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr said that he could sense this kind of result coming after their highly contested game against the Thunder. That makes sense because the same thing happened after their first matchup with the Thunder this season. After a highly emotional game the Warriors struggle to come out with the same intensity.
The final game score ended 110-132, and Steph had the perfect quote to sum it up.
Steph Curry on the loss in Denver: "We just got served a humble slice of cupcake."
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 14, 2017