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 by: Robin Miller - Fri, 8 Mar 2024 19:38 UTC

What we learned as Steph exits with injury in Warriors' loss to Bulls

By Michael Wagaman

• Published March 7, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO – After playing well most of the night, the Warriors went
cold late in the fourth quarter and came up short in a 125-122 loss to
the Chicago Bulls on Thursday at Chase Center that saw Stephen Curry
exit the game without returning after injuring his right ankle.

With around four minutes remanining in the fourth quarter, Curry caught
a pass in the lane that led to him landing awkwardly on his right ankle,
limping off the court before going directly to the Warriors' locker room.

Klay Thompson poured in 25 points and made five 3-pointers off the
bench, but the Warriors couldn't sustain the momentum they built a night
earlier when they knocked off the No. 2 team in the Eastern Conference,
the Milwaukee Bucks.

Jonathan Kuminga had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Stephen Curry and Chris
Paul each scored 15, while Draymond Green had a triple-double with 11
points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists before fouling out late in the fourth

Brandin Podziemski also scored 11, but missed a crucial layup with six
seconds remaining while the Warriors trailed 122-119.

The Warriors cut the Bulls' lead to 123-122 after Paul hit a 3-pointer
with four seconds left. Chicago's DeMar DeRozan answered with a pair of
free throws to put the Bulls back in front 125-122 before Lester
Quinones shot an airball from midcourt as time expired.

It was a crushing loss for the Warriors, who fell back into a tie with
the Lakers for the final play-in spot in the Western Conference.

Golden State (33-24) entered the day feeling very good after a 35-point
win over the Bucks but couldn't keep the good times going.

The loss was just the Warriors' fifth defeat in their last 18 games.

Curry struggled with his shot most of the night. He was limited to five
points in the first half and ended the night 5 of 18 overall and 3 of 12
beyond the arc.

Here are the takeaways from Thursday's game:

Moody sparked late run

Moody made a handful of plays midway through the fourth quarter that
helped swing the momentum in Golden State's favor while bringing the
Chase Center crowd to its feet.

Moody grabbed a pair of rebounds, sank two free throws, then took a pass
from Trayce Jackson-Davis and scored on a layup when the Warriors erased
a seven-point deficit. TJD and Moody connected again later in the fourth
for a bucket that gave Golden State a 108-107 edge.

There seems to be a different energy when Moody is on the court, and it
will be interesting to see how much Kerr will lean on him down the stretch.

Klay crushes it

The Warriors were a bit slow coming out of the gates, but not Thompson.
He came off the bench midway through the first quarter and nailed his
first three 3-pointers, keeping Golden State afloat until the rest of
the offense got going.

A lot has been made of Thompson having to adjust to his role of Sixth
Man, but not enough has been said about the way the five-time All-Star
has handled it. He hasn't made a big deal publicly about the transition
and has embraced the move, which has sent a clear message to the rest of
his teammates about putting the team's needs ahead of his personal desires.

Thompson has proven he can still be effective as a starter, but his
shooting has added another dimension to an already strong second unit
for the Dubs. Like it was in the glory days, Golden State's bench has
been solid most of the season and has been better with Thompson a part
of it.

Podz keeps pushing

Like he has been all season, Brandin Podziemski was a ball of energy
against the Bulls while doing a little bit of everything.

Bursting with confidence that seems to ooze from his pores, Podz put
together another of his patent all-around games. Now a solid fixture in
Golden State's starting lineup, the rookie guard showed no fear while
going right at the heart of Chicago's defense, repeatedly driving
through heavy traffic into the paint and giving the Bulls problems.

While he missed an opportunity to deliver a game-tying bucket late in
the fourth quarter, Podz still was masterful at doing the little things.
He shot 4 of 7 and had four rebounds, four assists and a steal to finish

He's clearly still a work in progress but in every game there's no
denying that Podz leaves it all on the court. He has a high basketball
IQ that sets him apart from many other rookies in the NBA, and his
willingness to keep learning will be a big benefit as he continues his

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