Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors blew another double-digit lead in a 120-116 loss against the Kevin Durant-less Brooklyn Nets tonight. It was the third consecutive game in which the defending NBA champions blew a significant lead en route to a loss.
Curry had this to say after the game:
“Losing is futile no matter what the reason, losing is a terrible feeling and we hate it. At 23-24 halfway through the season, we’ve experienced it a lot. We have to bottle it up and Something needs to be done about it.”
“Nobody’s going to be on the ropes, nobody’s thinking we can’t do it. But it’s our challenge not to be in a situation where every other night we’re explaining why it didn’t work out. “
The Golden State Warriors led by 17 points at one point and still had a 12-point cushion with less than six minutes left in the game. It was a disappointing loss to start a three-game homestand.
Last Thursday, Steph Curry and the Warriors also couldn’t shut out the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. They had the Celtics on the ropes and were seemingly on their way to another win on their rivals’ home floor.
And yet, they wilted in the fourth quarter and overtime. Boston outshot them 39-29 to split their regular season series at a game apiece.
Without Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors blew a 20-point lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They barely hung on for dear life as the Cavs mounted a great rally but ultimately fell short.
The Warriors fell below .500 once again and finished 10th in the highly contested Western Conference playoff rush. Despite their struggles, they are only one game away. LA Clippers6th place and a post-season berth.
In contrast, they are only one game behind the OKC Thunder. LA Lakers And they have a long summer ahead of them. The Warriors are just 4-6 in their last 10 games and will need more wins to avoid another play-in affair.
Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors have struggled with their three-point shots.
Steph Curry is making 41.7% of his 11.8 three-point attempts per game. In the last two fourth quarters vs. the Cavaliers the other night and the Nets tonight, he’s a combined 1-11. When the NBA’s biggest shooter struggles to make his shots, especially in key periods, Golden State finds it tough.
Klay Thompson was 4-8 in trifectas in that matchup. Boston Celtics. Four of those were in the first quarter of that game. Tonight against the Nets, he was a nightmare going 0-7 from behind the arc. He has now missed 15 straight shots from deep.
When the Splash Brothers lose their touch, the Warriors obviously suffer. But they’ve been able to get significant leads in the few games where their best shooters have been throwing bricks. They just have to learn how to maintain their advantage to win.
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