With Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry being sit out due to injuries on the defending champs' game against the team in the abyss, Sacramento Kings, Warriors fell a step short to victory 110 - 106.
If you're just a fan, of course, you'll be disappointed. Who's fan wants his team to be defeated? Of course nobody except if you're an extreme bandwagonist.
It is a bit disappointing yet in this loss, the Warriors' had unlocked many chains holding down their team. A handicapped match it is, Warriors faced Kings without two of their main daggers and yet ended up in an 'almost' win situation if only Bogdan Bogdanovic was unsuccessful of his bank shot in the final 12.6 seconds.
It's not as though this loss drained the hopes of the whole Dubnation to make it to the playoffs. So let us cheer up for here are 3 reasons to celebrate this milestone loss.
1 - Close Fight
Well, who would've thought? Warriors being outnumbered in terms of ace weapons still almost clinched the victory. This implies the team not solely being dependent on KD and Steph. It's a good thing that the rest of the team stepped up to fill in the absence of two huge role players in the team and maybe in the league.
2 - High Scoring
Curry and KD dominate and lead the Warriors in offense and without him, we would expect Warriors' production wind down, yet they still managed to reach more than a hundred points. Five guys finished in double digits - three starters: Thompson, Green, McCaw and two off the bench: Iguodola, Livingston. Their offense still is highly fluid without their main point guard and main finisher duo.
3 - Outside Presence
Curry and KD as said above are offensive leaders. They run their offense mainly on outside shooting and without them, their outside efficiency may have decreased dramatically. But that isn't what happened against the Kings. Still, they made 16 from the outside led by Curry's Splash brother with 5 hits and Draymond Green with 4.
It could've been better if the Warriors less KD and Steph bagged a victory but nevertheless, these will still be the reasons to celebrate if it was a win. Warriors' core is starting to enlarge 'til it will be a team that everyone is the main weapon with equal extraordinary skills in their own roles.