Warriors takeaways: What we learned in ugly 111-98 loss vs. Kings

Logan Murdock
NBC Sports BayArea

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SACRAMENTO -- The battered Warriors have been on the wrong end of blowouts a lot this season. On Monday, they added to their resumé, losing to the Sacramento Kings 111-98, marking their fifth straight defeat. 

Without D'Angelo Russell and Draymond Green, the Warriors trailed by as many as 31 points, surrendering their second loss in two tries to the Kings this season. It was Golden State's first in Sacramento since 2017.

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Here are the takeaways from a game that further displayed the Warriors' fall in the Western Conference. 

Putrid offense

A lineup without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and D'Angelo Russell was expected to be putrid. By the end of the night, the Warriors exceeded expectations, putting together their worst offensive game of the season. 

In 48 minutes, they shot just 39.5 percent from the field, including  3-of-23 from beyond the arc, failing to find any sort of rhythm. Alec Burks made just two of his 10 attempts from the field, while Damion Lee put out a similar line (3-of-11, eight points). At one point in the first half, the Warriors had more turnovers (9) than field goals (8). 

With a battered roster, such performances were expected, and Monday night was another reminder that the team needs its talent back fast. 

Willie's return

Willie Cauley-Stein came back to Sacramento hoping for a solid performance against his former team. That didn't happen. 

In 26 minutes, he managed just eight points, finishing minus-10 for the night. Still, there were some bright spots along the way. In the first quarter, he found Glenn Robinson for a jumper. A play later, he stole a pass, leading to a breakaway dunk. 

As Cauley-Stein struggled, the fans continued to boo, jeering him each time he got the ball, reminding him of their discontent. During his first four years in Sacramento, the seven-footer showed signs of promise but was often criticized for his inconsistency. With the Warriors, he has shown some of the same traits, showing glimpses of promise and flashes of regression. On Monday, those habits were on display once again. 

Kerr gets tossed 

As the game progressed, so, too, did Steve Kerr's irritation levels. With less than a minute left in the first half, he let it all out on the refs, earning two technical fouls and his first ejection of the season. 

His first technical came after the referees didn't call a travel on Kings guard De'Aaron Fox, which was followed by his ejection after Kerr told the officials to "wake the f--k up" before heading towards the tunnel. 

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The sequence was similar to Kerr's ejection from a 109-106 overtime loss to the Kings in 2017, when the coach fiercely argued a foul call against Warriors forward Kevon Looney. Kerr is known for being a fiery competitor, and if the officials didn't know that before, they do now.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in ugly 111-98 loss vs. Kings originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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