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The Warriors’ offensive struggles during a frustrating 2018-2019 season have been well-documented, and the trend of uncharacteristically sloppy play appeared to continue during Thursday night’s overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
During the final minutes of the second quarter, Draymond Green attempted a normally-routine pass to Klay Thompson on the perimeter.
The pass appeared to be too strong however, and the ball bounced off Thompson’s forehead and sailed out of bounds on the other side of the court.
“I’ve never seen this happen,” play-by-play announcer Bob Fitzgerald said. “Draymond just hit Klay in the face, he was trying to pass the ball and that’s insult to injury right there.”
The Warriors trailed by 10 points late in the fourth quarter, but rallied in regulation’s final minutes to force overtime.
“It was a wild game. It was a strange game,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “I didn’t think we competed very well in the first half. I loved the way we competed in the second half.”
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Golden State turned the ball over 15 times during Thursday night’s game, and made just six of their 15 free throw attempts.
The Warriors will play the Trail Blazers again on Saturday night, although this time in Portland.
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