Losers of four straight, the Warriors will likely be without their leading scorer again when they take on the Toronto Raptors.
Richardson, who is averaging 20.8 points, has missed each game of the Warriors’ losing streak, including an 82-72 defeat at New Jersey on Friday. Golden State was held to its third-lowest point total of the season.
“Tonight was the first night we really, really missed Jason,” Golden State forward Mike Dunleavy said. “We really struggled to score.”
“We’re missing consistent basketball,” Golden State forward Clifford Robinson said. “That’s all we are missing. That’s basically the answer.”
The Warriors are averaging less than 87 points per game in their four outings without Richardson.
“I thought we played well enough to win the game,” Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. “We’re a team that’s got to make shots to win games.”
It was a particularly forgettable night for Toronto guard Rafer Alston, who missed all 12 of his attempts from the field.
“It’s been somewhat embarrassing to my teammates to shoot that way,” Alston said. “The only thing I can do is stay in the gym and keep working.”
The Raptors, who had their five-game home winning streak snapped, are 4-6 since trading Vince Carter to New Jersey on Dec. 17.