NEW ORLEANS – The Golden State Warriors snapped a five-game road winless streak on Friday night in New Orleans, falling to the Pelicans 114-105.

The Warriors dropped their first road game since the 1997-98 season. They are the first defending champion in NBA history to start 0-6 on the road, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research. And their 3-7 record overall marks the fifth time a championship champion has started a tournament with that record or worse.

After his team’s loss to the Orlando Magic the night before, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that bench minutes are one of Golden State’s biggest problem areas, so he plans to change the rotation. He doubled that following Friday’s loss.

“We’re going to change our rotation a little bit. And I have an idea of ​​what I want to do,” Kerr said. “The staff will talk about it over the next couple of days and reinforce that.”

with Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins And Draymond Green Against the Pelicans due to injury management, Kerr was forced to rely on smaller players, and had the opportunity to experiment with different combinations and lineups.

He started Moses Moody With a regular starter Kevin Looneythe sixth person Jordan Poole And a two-way player Anthony Lamb. Jonathan Kuminga Golden State has only played two of its five games, but has completed five.

Kumga’s night — 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block in a career-high 38 minutes — was strong enough to mention Kerr by name as he reiterated his plan to fix it. When all starters move, the rotation moves forward.

It was clear who really played tonight. [Kuminga] He’s played really well,” Keer said. “He’s gotten some minutes … he showed tonight that he’s ready to step into the rotation and contribute. But that should always be a night … Maybe they should be able to play on difficult nights when there are no minutes.

Kerr said earlier that Kuminga was unhappy with the lack of games and said on Friday that Kuminga was challenging.

But now he is ready to take advantage of the opportunity to recall Kerr and his coach, who will be added to the team.

“[I’m] I’m working hard every day to make sure I build everything on my game,” Kuminga said. Harder on myself than anyone else.”

Kerm Lamb, Moody et al You Jerome Players who will be impressive and possibly see more minutes on the Pelicans.

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