Without these three key contributors, the Warriors fell to the Dallas Mavericks 95-87 in their season opener Wednesday.
“We played with one of the best teams in the league right to the wire,” Warriors forward Mike Dunleavy said. “You can’t say we’ve thrown in the towel.”
The Warriors scored just 14 points during the first quarter but were able to hang with the Mavericks for most of the game.
“I wish the results were different—I’m dying inside,” second-year Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. “But it’s a long season and we feel like we gave a great effort.”
Musselman will look for a similar effort against the Sixers, who lost to the Sacramento Kings 100-89 on Friday.
After opening the season with an 89-74 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday, the Sixers figured they would be without Allen Iverson against the Kings. The All-Star guard strained his left shoulder during practice on Thursday.
However, as he has done numerous times throughout his career, Iverson played through the pain. The 6-foot guard was in the game for all but three minutes and finished with a team-high 27 points and seven assists.
The Sixers will be without forward Glenn Robinson for one more game. Robinson, acquired from the Atlanta Hawks in a four-team deal during the offseason, will serve the final game of a three-game suspension for his conviction on charges of domestic assault and battery.
He will make his Sixers debut against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.