Once again, the Golden State Warriors couldn’t get the job done when the game was on the line.
Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves were too much to handle down the stretch, coming back from a late-game deficit with two huge three-pointers to steal a road win over the defending NBA champions.
A turnover by Jordan Poole eventually sealed the win for the Timberwolves, and coach Steve Kerr believes that might have been just another example of how the Dubs were outhustled and outplayed throughout the whole game:
“We didn’t deserve to win; they outplayed us,” Kerr said. “Disappointing because we fought back, gave ourselves a chance to win, have the ball with the lead late. A couple posessesions in those last two minutes just hurt us, and they hit the big shot.”
"We didn't deserve to win. They outplayed us."
– Steve Kerr on tonight's tough loss pic.twitter.com/yfUA86BsI0
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 27, 2023
The Timberwolves led by as many as 12 points at some point, scoring 24 points off turnovers, 12 second-chance points, and a whopping 34 points in the paint, more than one-third of their total points.
The Warriors have struggled with physical teams, and they can’t seem to execute well down the stretch, and those season-long woes are a worrisome trend as they head to the playoffs.
Of course, we all know that they have the championship experience to be a huge threat in the postseason, and getting Gary Payton II back was huge for them.
But it doesn’t seem like Andrew Wiggins will be back any time soon — if at all — this season, so the rest of the team needs to step up on the defensive end of the floor and play as a unit to keep their hopes of winning back-to-back NBA championships alive.
No one wants to face this team in a seven-game series, but they look more beatable than ever this season.NEXT: Klay Thompson Comments On His Confidence In Jordan Poole