Sacramento – 9:03 left, after a fast break layup De’Aaron Fox 7-0 for the hosts in 55 seconds. Warriors Coach Steve Kerr called a timeout. He couldn’t wait any longer. Stephen Curry And Draymond Green He had to go back inside. This was sure to be another night of heavy minutes, the third straight game urgency was their guide.

The Warriors need wins. One Sunday night their luck was slipping away. So it was time to win. That is, again, it was time for the young dolls to take a seat.

“We’re not a team that lets guys make mistakes right now,” Kerr said before the Kings’ 122-115 loss. “We are not good enough to deal with many mistakes.”

It’s hard not to miss the message. It’s very loud. This is supposed to be the year where the young guys on the roster step up to the plate, stepping forward in their destiny to one day be the stewards of this championship franchise. But when it’s time to win, they have to sit down.

James Wiseman, the third-year center and former No. 2 pick was pulled from the rotation after a five-game skid left the team in a desperate situation. in the future Moses Moody, a second-year lottery pick, has joined Wiseman in the last two games Gorilla-Glued to the bench. in the future Jonathan Kuminga, another second-year lottery pick, managed two runs in the first half of the games. But when it’s true, he’s right next to them.

Sunday, even Jordan Poole He sat out most of the fourth quarter, sacrificing their push for a three-game winning streak.

The Warriors went with six players for that final nine minutes and a change. Five of the six have championship rings — six of the seven, including Poole, who went 30.2 seconds into the final when the Warriors needed a 3. The only player without a reservoir NBA Experienced but eligible to play at a crunch time was Anthony Lamb, a 24-year-old wing who went undrafted in 2020 and snagged a two-way spot late in Warriors training camp.

It still ended in defeat. They started the season with their seventh straight road loss and a missed opportunity to get closer to .500 and return to the junior varsity portion of their plans.

As it stands now, the Warriors have four first-round picks on the bench and none of them are sniffing the court once crunch time hits. This does not look or feel permanent. But the most worrying thing is that they are not enough when they lean on their veterans. They’re 0-7 on the road because those are the toughest games to win in the NBA, and Golden State is playing them short-handed for the most part.

13 games into the season, it’s too early to make grand proclamations. If you know things going into the postseason, this will all be old news come March.

But the direction the Warriors are heading is clear. A two-time plan seems more straightforward than a parallel one. A clash rather than a complement. They don’t seem to expect to develop their young players and win. And even when they focus on winning outside of development, their commitment to youth has left them with many holes.

Something has to give. Either they should rework this list to give more immediate help to warfighters. Or Kerr needs to swallow his mistakes and play a junior or two, win or lose. It’s the only way the Warriors can have both ready when they need them in the offseason.

There’s no doubt that the ol’ heads on the roster could play better. That buys everyone more time.

Patriots had a chance to win Kings. Curry and Green went in, and a 9-point deficit turned into a 111-109 lead. Clay Thompson 3 at the 5:11 mark. In the past, all this was just an agreement. A wave of warriors will come and the opposition will tremble. The champions were exchanged, and the evil kings had to be subdued. But the opposite happened.

The Kings trapped Curry, who torched Sacramento for 47 points a week ago, and forced someone else to beat them. And the warriors had no one else. At least four of the Warriors’ losses came as their stars played below par. But Curry said the crucial part is how you approach those stressful moments.

Sunday was a typical pattern for this young season. The Warriors’ starters built a 15-point lead by 13 late in the first quarter and carried it into the second half. The lead was cut to 44-39 at the 8:04 mark of the second quarter when Curry, Green and Thompson put it back in. The kings who were caught for 12 minutes got life.

Sacramento roared back and found its rhythm. The Kings outscored the Warriors 72-52 in the second and third quarters combined and went on a 7-0 run early in the fourth. So now, as Curry pointed out, their rivals are reeling in fresh lung after feasting on the Warriors’ reserves. Those teams are tough to beat. Even Detroit And OrlandoTwo of the worst teams in the East looked terrible in those situations. And so are kings.

“I think about the windows in the game over the stretch, especially this early in the season, because that’s where you build confidence in what you’re doing when you can use those good things. It runs into the meat of the game. … It might be a close game, but the confidence and the flow of the game is very different. I think we came back from 9 down with a 2 point lead. It was a pretty electric fourth quarter that didn’t go his way. But my focus is on those middle parts of the game where, you know, we make the game harder than we want it to be.

It turns out that Green was right.

About 13 months ago, he made headlines when he said that, historically, mixing experience with inexperience has never worked before in the NBA. Considering the Warriors went on to win the championship, it seems he was incorrect. But they won it all by sitting young players. As the team progressed, the challenge got tougher, and inexperienced players played. It was the veterans who delivered the title.

The Warriors have 16 players under contract, including two players who split time with the Santa Cruz G-League team. Eight of the 16 are 26 or older, and all but Jamaican green Have a championship ring. The other half are 25-and-under with three years of experience or less. The divide between them seems to be widening rather than narrowing.

Put Poole on the experience side as he was crucial during the Championship run. This is nine on the winning side of the timeline.

Behind the scenes, some scoffed at Green’s results, pointing to great teams with young players who contributed. But Green’s point wasn’t really about individual young players. An inexperienced player can work when he can fold the plan to win. Green was talking more about not competing for a championship while simultaneously preparing for the future.

This season already looks like further proof. When it comes time to win, as the stakes mount and the stakes grow stronger, the youngsters are pushed out of the rotation. Because youth doesn’t win in the NBA. Not at the championship-contending level this franchise expects. The Warriors’ final five picks, while clearly talented, seem to have trouble fitting the Warriors’ preferred style.

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The Warriors, now 0-7 on the road, face familiar flaws against the Kings.

Only 13 games have been played, but the Warriors’ case doesn’t seem like they have enough wins on the schedule to carry the load. One in nine is 37 years old. Andre Iguodala, who is mostly reserved for later seasons. So that’s eight. Eight-year veteran JaMichael Green, who has proven himself to be a valuable NBA role player, has lost his spot in the rotation. So that’s seven players on the old half of the roster. Donte DiVincenzo He was tough and slowed by injuries, but he wasn’t yet a difference maker when they brought him into free agency. And Thompson, one of the main stars, burst through the gates this season.

Again, it’s early, but JaMichael Green and DiVincenzo haven’t stopped losing. Otto Porter Jr, Gary Payton II And Nemanja Bjelica, along with Iguodala, helped the Warriors get off to an 18-2 start last season. Even the presence of the warriors disappeared Damion Lee And Juan Toscano-AndersonWho can play now but left for more minutes elsewhere when the Warriors were young.

What hurts the Warriors is the lack of young players. He is getting many of them.

The proliferation of youth is reflected in the limited energy on the bench. Formerly known for their loudness and various celebrations, the Warriors lack veterans who have the experience to inject energy into the team even when sitting down. It’s not really their fault, but the Warriors’ youth seem more introspective and even edgier than they lock up every second. Lotteries waiting their turn, not seasoned backups.

It is evident how the youth expansion warriors blow past leaders. They don’t have the savvy veteran to slow things down, put the ball and the team’s composure in his hands. Poole is still learning how to direct the second division.

“Mostly coming off the bench, we’ve got kind of an elder statesman, if you will,” Draymond Green said. “It’s different now. And the reality is that the first person you come off the bench with is usually JP – and JP is a sixth starter. So that’s a different feeling. … It used to be a different offense, if you will, more of the same. I think we should figure that out in that second episode. What they’re used to is that Steph comes into the game and the entire offense changes and it’s a lot of sets. But with Jordan, it’s still going to be more of the same as you do with Steph.

And playing with Curry is his own brand of basketball. And Poole is the carry of that part, with a few players around him who aren’t well versed in that style, which is full of reads and cuts, passes and moves, screens and flips. Remember a few years ago when Shaun Livingston and Iguodala were leading the second unit and walking the ball up and running a sophisticated set to get the ball to Livingston in the post or David West at the elbow. They ate up the clock and changed the flow of the game.

Led by Poole, the Warriors do not commit a possession offense that limits chances. With Wiseman in the post and Kuminga and Moody giving them size and athleticism, they had a vision for something like this. But asking them to sit on the court together is too much.

The plan for the Warriors is to get enough wins in the near future to take the risk out of their season. Then, you can return to the mix in the youth. To do this, they are leaning heavily on their veteran relatives.

Previously, a big game from Curry was as close to a guarantee as you could get for a win. Curry lighting up and Draymond Green playing well on defense was anything but a lock. Both are happening now, and it’s still not enough.

If Thompson warms up and finds a pool rhythm, that seems to be enough. If JaMichael Green and DiVincenzo agree and their careers are any indication, that could go a long way. If one or two young players find their way soon, this could do the trick. Or maybe one of each.

Either way, something has to give. Because the Warriors can’t win playing the young guys and they won’t win enough without playing them. And it feels nothing permanent about that.

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