But the Pistons kept their focus.
"We know Reggie isn't 100 percent after sitting out so long with that (ankle) injury", Pistons coach Dwane Casey said.
Kerr added. "This is ... just gotta get better". We've gotta get better shots. With Kerr recognizing that he has some things to work on and with a whole game with Curry back under the team's belt, games against Atlanta and Cleveland should be a great opportunity for the Warriors to turn things around.
"We played a bad first half, and that pretty much summed up the night", Curry said.
Winless two games into the Warriors' current five-game road trip, the time for that necessary improvement has arrived.
Detroit also got big nights from their two post players as they won their fourth straight game.
When asked to expand on that self-assesment, Kerr detailed his dissatisfaction with the Warriors' spacing and shot selection, but ultimately came back to himself. The club was 5-6 in games without him. "We were getting the ball to Ish on the break and letting him make plays, but we were mostly just playing really, really hard". He just knocked them down.
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"It's not on Steve", Thompson said "I think it's on us".
That was a pretty good way to start what appears to be the roughest three-week stretch the Pistons will endure all season, knocking off the reigning National Basketball Association champions to rival the win at Toronto in Dwane Casey's return as the season's best. "We weren't shooting 3s or getting to the glass".
VanVleet, who started in place of Lowry, drained consecutive clutch three-pointers with just over two minutes left in the fourth to pad the Raptors lead to 10 points. But the Warriors couldn't overcome Detroit's dominance on the offensive glass.
Maybe the average fan couldn't see it, but Steph Curry felt rusty on Saturday night.
For the Celtics, in addition to Heyward they got big performances from Jayson Tatum, who scored 19 points and added nine rebounds. "That's when you need to have a hot gym".
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr took much of the blame for the stagnant offense on the night.
Pistons: Blake Griffin scored 20-plus points for the 15th time in 19 games this season, while Drummond had his 10th game with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Injury background: Markkanen has been upgraded to probable vs. the Rockets on Saturday after missing the entire season due to a sprained right elbow.