Warriors Takeaways: What We Learned in 113-109 Narrow Loss Vs. Jazz


SALT LAKE CITY -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr had one request from his team two days after their latest blowout loss in Dallas: fight. 

On Friday evening -- with eight players out of the lineup -- the undermanned Warriors nearly came back from a 21-point deficit before losing to the Jazz, 113-109. 

Entering Friday's game, the team was without All-Stars Stephen Curry, D'Angelo Russell and Draymond Green, leaving a young roster to face a formidable Utah squad. But by the end of the night, the overmatched Warriors momentarily made a name for themselves, closing within two points in the final minute, and outscoring the Jazz 37-23 in the fourth quarter. 

Here are the takeaways from Friday's loss:  

Tough second quarter

Following a strong showing in the first quarter, the Warriors let the game get away before halftime, as the Jazz outscored them 35-23 in the second frame. 

Utah shot 61 percent and outrebounded Golden State 11-7 in that quarter, as Donovan Mitchell scored six of his game-high 30 points. By the end of the frame, the Warriors found themselves down 65-51 entering halftime. 

With a myriad of injuries, Golden State enters almost every game as a heavy underdog. The Warriors' current status means they can't let manageable deficits get out of hand, which happened Friday evening. 

Glenn Robinson III thrives

Lost in Golden State's horrid second quarter was the solid play of Glenn Robinson III, who scored 10 of his 17 points in the frame, keeping the Warriors within reach. 

Robinson III won a starting role following an impressive training camp, but struggled at the onset of the season. However, he has come on as of late, averaging 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game on 47-percent shooting from the field over the last three contests entering Friday. 

Like many on the Warriors' roster, Robinson is looking to revitalize his career after struggling last season in Detroit. If he continues his current trajectory, he will achieve that goal. 

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Bowman earning his keep

With most of the Warriors' point-guard rotation injured, two-way guard Ky Bowman once again rose to the occasion, scoring 17 points while adding six rebounds and four assists. 

Entering the season, Bowman was an undrafted free agent hoping to find his way into Golden State's system as a two-way player splitting time in Santa Cruz. Now, with Curry, Russell and Jacob Evans out, he finds himself as the team's only healthy point guard. 

Recently, Bowman has played himself into the Warriors' future plans, averaging 11.1 points, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game over the first three games of the road trip.

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