Stephen Curry is warming up too late and the Warriors may want to flip the switch soon

Stephen Curry is warming up too late and the Warriors may want to flip the switch soon

Stephen Curry is warming up too late and the Warriors may want to flip the switch soon

Everything was set up for the Golden State Warriors to go Tuesday night. These are the games to watch. With the Suns missing 80% of their starting lineup and Stephen Curry returning to the lineup after 11 games, the host Warriors were heavily outplayed from start to finish in a 125-113 loss that wasn’t even that close. only that. score would indicate for most of the night.

Curry had a terrible game until he started in the fourth quarter, when he scored 16 of his 24 points and the Suns turned the ball over 12 times leaving the Warriors within striking distance.

But that was last minute stuff. The Suns have controlled this game all along. They demolished Golden State on the offensive glass. Mikal Bridges, who the Suns relied heavily on in the absence of Devin Booker and now Chris Paul, was brilliant as a leading starter with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting and several high-level assists usually reserved for point guards elite game.

Bridges has improved every year of his career. He is able to put the ball on the ground and create an attack for himself and his teammates. He has more and more the opportunity to show it. He’s a fringe All-Star.

As for the Warriors, that’s three straight home losses to wrap up an eight-game home season. The road has been a problem all season, but the Warriors have been great at Chase Center until they dropped contests in Detroit, Orlando and Phoenix, none of which carried a game-winning record.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 29 points. He made six of his 14 3-pointers but missed a few as the Warriors threatened to comeback. Jordan Poole scored 27 goals off the bench and was electric in Golden State’s late run, but that’s not the plan for success: being outplayed all game only to catch fire late and make the score better than it was. should.

We are now halfway through the season and the Warriors are below .500 (20-21). It’s good news that Curry found his groove late. It was never going to take long, and he will have to keep it going. The Warriors can’t play the “we’ll flip the switch when it’s time” card any longer.

Yes, they have every right to believe they can beat anyone in a playoff series, home or away, and as such their seed probably isn’t of the highest importance. But at least staying out of the qualifying round, when a loss can send you home, should be a priority. Look at the rest of the Western Conference. It’s stacked. There will be a very good team that will have to fight during the play-in, and the Warriors would like to avoid this questionable designation.

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