Everything was set for the Golden State Warriors to play Tuesday night. These are the games to watch out for. With the Suns missing 80 percent of their starting lineup and Stephen Curry back in after 11 games, the host Warriors were outplayed from start to finish in a 125–113 loss that wasn’t even that close. the estimate will indicate 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, allowing the Warriors to come back within shooting range.
But it was the last breath. The Suns were in complete control of this game. They smashed the Golden State on the attack glass. Mikal Bridges, who the Suns relied heavily on in the absence of Devin Booker and now Chris Paul, was superb as a prime mover with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting and several high-level assists usually reserved for elite playmakers.
Bridges got better every year of his career. He is able to put the ball on the floor and create an attack for himself and teammates. He has a chance to show it more and more. He is a marginal All-Star.
As for the Warriors, that’s three consecutive home losses, ending an eight-game season home stance. The road was a problem throughout the season, but the Warriors had a great run at the Chase Center until they lost the competition to Detroit, Orlando, and Phoenix, neither of whom went on to win the game.
Klay Thompson led Golden State with 29 points. He made six of his 14 3-pointers but missed several impulses as the Warriors threatened to come back. Jordan Poole hit 27 from the bench and was amazing in Golden State’s late game, but that’s no guarantee of success: dominating the entire game only to flare up later and make the score look better than it should.
It’s the middle of the season and the Warriors are under .500 (20-21). It’s good news that Curry found his rhythm late. It will never take long and he will need to keep that momentum going. The Warriors can’t play the “we’ll flip the switch when the time is right” card for long.
Yes, they have every right to believe that they can beat anyone in a playoff series, home or away, and therefore their seeding is probably not of paramount importance. But at the very least staying out of a game round where one loss could send you home should be a priority. Look at the rest of the Western Conference. It’s complicated. This is going to be a really good team to fight during the play-ins, and the Warriors would like to avoid that dubious designation.