Golden State is in jeopardy.
The Golden State Warriors lost 106-114 in a game against the Sacramento Kings in Game 2 of the 1st round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs held at the Sacramento Golden 1 Center on the 18th (hereinafter Korean time).
It was a matchup that was expected to be different from the normal 3rd and 6th seed series. Despite being lower in the regular league rankings, Golden State was evaluated as superior to Sacramento. Perhaps this is a point where the pride of the 3rd seed Sacramento could be damaged.
It gave high marks to the know-how accumulated in the era of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, and the experience of overcoming last year’s finals. In comparison, Sacramento, which is making the playoffs for the first time in 17 years, was pointed out as lacking in experience.
However, opening the lid reveals a completely different result. Golden State is off to the worst start by giving up the first two games of the series, and Sacramento players, who have been on the playoff stage for a long time, are taking over the series.
There are also interesting records. It is the first time Golden State has started a series with two straight losses in its playoff schedule since Stephen Curry’s debut. Golden State, which started with at least 1 win and 1 loss even when it was eliminated. This is the first time for veteran Curry with a lot of experience. 스포츠토토
In both Game 1 and Game 2, Sacramento outperformed Golden State in the firefight. Sacramento’s concentration was also higher, perhaps thanks to the enthusiastic support of the home fans. Golden State’s terrible away nightmare, which stayed at 11-30 in the regular season, continues in the playoffs as well.
Here, even a super-large variable occurred. During Game 2, Draymond Green was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct by punching Domantas Sabonis in the abdomen. Circumstances with the possibility of further disciplinary action. If Green doesn’t play Game 3, Golden State’s prospects for the series will be even bleaker.
The series isn’t over yet. But what’s clear is that it’s not a situation that both Golden State fans and players are familiar with. The poor ankle condition of key scorer Jordan Poole is also bad news for Golden State.
Golden State, driven to the edge of a cliff, will start Game 3 at home on the 21st. If they give up until Game 3, the chances of the defending champion packing up early will increase.