With the ink on their multiyear pacts still drying, the struggling duo will try to help the Warriors avoid a third straight loss when they host the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Warriors will dole out a reported $130 million over the next six years to Murphy and Richardson, hoping they form a cornerstone for the future of the franchise, which has not reached the postseason since the 1993-94 season.
However, through two games the tandem has failed to deliver.
Murphy and Richardson scored a combined 26 points on 11-of-34 shooting in Wednesday’s season-opening 78-75 loss to Portland. They were even worse Friday.
Murphy managed just two points on 1-of-17 shooting while Richardson finished with 13 points after going 5-of-14 from the field as the Warriors fell to Utah 102-80.
“We didn’t have a lot of energy, and they gave it to us,” Murphy said.
With his two stars struggling, new Golden State coach Mike Montgomery is still looking for his first NBA win. In his last season at Stanford, Montgomery didn’t suffer his second loss until the Cardinal were bounced out of the NCAA tournament.
“They sliced and diced us pretty good,” Montgomery said. “They really run their stuff. I sure like that.”
The Clippers were looking for their first 2-0 start in 14 years, but suffered a 94-81 loss in Portland on Friday.
Los Angeles, which beat Seattle by 30 points in its opener, has not opened a season with consecutive wins since 1990. It had been eight seasons since it won an opener.
The Clippers were led by Chris Wilcox, who had 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Los Angeles forward Bobby Simmons, starting in place of the injured Kerry Kittles, didn’t score in the first half against Portland, after netting a career-high 30 points against the SuperSonics. He finished with four points.
Kittles is on the injured list because of a sore right knee.