The euphoria of Klay Thompson’s return to competition, celebrated Sunday night at home, has given way to doubt among the Golden State Warriors. The second in the regular season (30 wins) chained a second defeat Thursday evening – after that conceded in Memphis (108-116) -, this time on the floor of the defending champion Milwaukee, by offering a rather worrying basketball ( 118-99).
Because the final score in no way reflects the rout long experienced by Steve Kerr’s men, a time led by 39 points in the first half (77-38), which was the largest deficit recorded by the franchise in the course of game since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1962 (the franchise was originally based in Philadelphia).
At the heart of this slump, the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Thompson, were far too discreet: 12 points for the playmaker (8 rebounds and 4 assists), 11 for the winger, for a 7 of 22 combined shooting . Andrew Wiggins (16 points) finished top scorer in his franchise, which quickly opened up its bench in the second half of the game, which also helped to reduce the gap thanks to a much more controlled third act ( 34-20), without changing the course of the match.
The recital of Antetokounmpo and the Bucks
If Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer also had the opportunity to quickly put his stars to rest, he will at least have had the satisfaction of seeing them dominate their subject for almost half an hour. The Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo split a triple-double (30 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists), ideally launched by a start where he went to look for many faults near the basket.
Khris Middleton (23 points, 7 assists) and inside Bobby Portis (20 points, 7 rebounds) played the perfect lieutenants, helping their team play efficiently (51.2% shooting) when the visitors were plateauing at 34.7% on shoot.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has scored 28 triple-doubles in his career, including 3 this season. On the other hand, he became Thursday evening the first player in NBA history to score at least two triple-doubles in less than thirty minutes of play each time.
” We were very focused tonightSatisfied Budenholzer, back on the bench after being kept aside by the Covid protocol. I think when it comes from our defense, that’s where we are at our best. A team like the Warriors, players like Curry and Thompson, bring out the best in you. They bring greater concentration. »
Bulls-Warriors from next night
This second victory in just six games allows Milwaukee to revive on the side of the Eastern Conference (27v-17v, fourth) and to stay in contact with the leading trio formed by Chicago (27v-12d), Miami and Brooklyn (26v- 15d both). Saturday’s reception of the Toronto Raptors, eighth in the East, should finally launch a small series of victories.
On the Warriors side (30v-11d), this “bad pass” described by coach Steve Kerr has the effect of leaving the top of the rankings to the Phoenix Suns (31 wins), while the Memphis Grizzlies, in full swing (11 wins in a row ), now have the same number of successes (30v-14d). The “Dubs” will not really have time to gamble: next night, they go to the Bulls, for a second shock in as many nights, which it is to be hoped will live up to expectations.