The comparisons between last season’s Golden State Warriors and this season’s are inevitable.
Last season, they were 73-9, breaking the record of the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls for most regular-season wins.
This season, they added Kevin Durant, the NBA MVP in 2013-14 and a six-time first- or second-team all-NBA selection.
Last season, the Warriors didn't reach four losses last season until their 41st game, on Jan. 16. Saturday’s 110-89 defeat at the hands of the Grizzlies was the Warriors’ fourth loss of this season -- in their 24th game.
A week after the Warriors turned in the best shooting performance in any game this season, Golden State was undone by poor shooting by two of its most important players.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were each 4-of-14 from the field against the Grizzlies, combining for 29 percent shooting. When Curry and Thompson have shot a combined 40 percent from the field this season, the Warriors are 20-1. The Warriors are 0-3 when they shoot less than 40 percent from the floor.
Thompson was 2-for-10 on contested shots, his third-worst field goal percentage on contested shots in a game this season (minimum 10 shots).
Minimal ball movement
The Warriors registered 15 assists against the Grizzlies. That was a season low, by a considerable margin. Their next-fewest is 24 assists, in a 29-point loss to the Spurs in the Warriors’ season opener.
Since the start of last season, the Warriors have finished a game with more turnovers than assists twice. Both games were against the Grizzlies (Saturday and Nov. 11, 2015). They had 23 turnovers Saturday.
Draymond Green had a season-low one assist. He had at least four assists in every other game this season.
The Warriors reached season lows in points off assists (36) and fewest points (12) and shots (six) in transition.
In trouble early
The Warriors’ difficulties started early.
They scored 16 points in the first quarter, their third-fewest in a first quarter in the past three seasons. Andrew Harrison (six) had more points than Curry, Thompson and Green combined (five).
The deficit was 23 points at halftime. The last time the Warriors trailed by more at halftime was Dec. 3, 2013, when they were down 24 (61-37) in a road game against the Rockets.
Grizzlies capitalize on free throws
The Grizzlies actually shot worse than the Warriors (43.7 percent to 44.2 percent). But Memphis had a sizable advantage at the free throw line, making 26 of 29 compared to the Warriors’ 12 of 20.