Warrior sightings: Jordan Poole, little Dubs crushed by pelicans

No Stephen Curry, no Draymond Green, no Klay Thompson, no Andrew Wiggins made sure there was no chance for a Warriors victory in New Orleans on Monday night.

Overmatched from the start, trailing by 10 in the first six minutes and down by 24 after 11 minutes, the Warriors absorbed a 128-83 thrashing at the hands of the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center.

Four Warriors (8-10) scored in double figures, led by 26 points from Jordan Poole and 18 from Jonathan Kuminga.

Overall, this was about as bad as the Warriors can get. They had almost twice as many turnovers (27) as assists (16).

Here are three observations from four starters who were watched in street clothes and the fifth, Kevon Looney, played for just five minutes:

Warriors play Santa Claus

Christmas may be 34 days away, but the Warriors didn’t want to wait that long to get into the spirit of giving.

On the other hand, they were in New Orleans.

Golden State started 27 turnovers and handed the Pelicans 31 points, eclipsing the previous season’s high of 23 turnovers set by the Warriors in their maiden trip to the Big Easy on November 4.

The Warriors wasted no time setting a charity tone, committing seven giveaways in the first quarter, scoring nine of the Pelicans’ 35 points in the first 12 minutes.

Nearly everyone got red-handed, with rookie Ryan Rollins starting five in 16 minutes and Poole starting four in 27 minutes. Ten players came on the field and all because of Looney committed at least two giveaways

The Pelicans, playing at near full strength, needed no help. They got it anyway.

The flying Mr. Kuminga

Given the Pelicans’ height, speed, and athleticism, this game seemed best suited to Kuminga’s best attributes.

And the 20-year-old forward managed to show off his gifts several times in his second season, with high-quality video highlights.

The first came in the second minute of the game, when the athletic marvel that is Zion Williamson grabbed a rebound and set course for a coast-to-coast journey that was sure to end with an easy bucket. No. Kuminga chased after him and knocked the shot off the backboard.

The second came late in the second quarter, when Poole’s three-point shot bounced high off the rim. Kuminga, coming in from the wing, grabbed the ball with his right hand and rammed it through, his hand just missing the backboard.

JK finished with 18 points, three rebounds and a few memorable moments.

Why not Wisman?

While the NBA Golden State Warriors romped in New Orleans, James Wiseman toiled away in Salt Lake City with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors.

To the extent that the Warriors rested their starters and turned the game over to players in and out of the rotation, it wouldn’t have been illogical to give Wiseman a few NBA minutes.

Asked before the game if there was any consideration for bringing in Wiseman for this game – rookies Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins – coach Steve Kerr said no.

‘No, not for tonight. We felt it was very important for him to practice well in Santa Cruz,” he said. “Practice is the big thing. When you get individual attention, like the guys in the G League, it’s easier to make more progress instead of the stops and starts that happen during the NBA season when you’re not in rotation.”

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On the surface, it’s a rational explanation, but it would be more credible if the Warriors defeated rookies Patrick Baldwin Jr. on Sunday night. and Ryan Rollins of Santa Cruz had not called up.

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