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1) Curry drops 50 but Warriors nonetheless winless on the highway


The Warriors have a defensive score this season of 113.6, twenty fifth within the NBA.

The Warriors’ winless highway document and the actual fact they cannot get a cease go hand-in-hand — and never even a 50-spot from Stephen Curry can change that.

That was Curry’s eleventh 50-point sport.

Curry was epic, however the Suns put up 130 at residence and never even Curry’s greatness might match that. Phoenix is ​​with out two starters — Chris Paul and Cameron Johnson — however is doing what elite groups do: belief their depth and discover wins. Cameron Payne had 29 factors together with six 3-pointers filling in for CP3, Devin Booker added a easy 27, and the Suns shot 21-of-40 from 3 as a crew to decide up the win.

A pissed off Steve Kerr referred to the crew’s play as a pickup sport — code for particular person play and no dedication to protection. Kerr did not maintain again after the loss.

“If anyone helps on a rotation, crack again and assistance on the massive man. If issues aren’t going properly, anyone calls the group into the foul line, get all people collectively and inspire the group.

“All that stuff is lacking proper now. I noticed lots of hanging heads tonight. I feel we’re feeling sorry for ourselves. Nobody goes to really feel sorry for us. Everyone cannot wait to play us and kick our ass. We’ve had lots of success and lots of enjoyable, lots of pleasure beating individuals over time and groups do not forget that. So they’re having their enjoyable now, as they need to.

“I’ve all the time felt the sport rewards you for those who commit to the sport. If you actually compete collectively, photographs go in, calls go your approach, breaks fall your approach. We’re not incomes any of that stuff. That’s why we’re winless on the highway. It’s a pickup sport.”

Most of the Warriors’ struggles have been within the half-court defensively, the place they’re backside 10 within the league (through Cleaning the Glass), however the offensive struggles are letting groups run on them greater than the Warriors would possibly like as properly. However, as Kerr famous, the bigger situation is the dedication within the half-court proper now.

There are different issues in Golden State, such because the inconsistent play of Jordan Poole (0-of-5 towards the Suns) and Klay Thompson nonetheless making an attempt to discover his shot (6-of-17). But the Warriors’ 4 rings are constructed on an elite protection — final season they entered the playoffs with the perfect protection within the NBA. If the Warriors have desires of a repeat — or simply profitable a sport on the highway — it has to begin on the defensive finish of the ground.

2) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drains stepback game-winner towards Wizards

We wrote a number of days in the past that we’re not speaking sufficient about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

We’re speaking about him right this moment after he drained a game-winning stepback 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to cap off a career-high 42-point evening, lifting the Thunder previous the Wizards 121-120.

Bradley Beal seemed like he might need hit the game-winner along with his midrange jumper with 6.1 seconds left, placing the Wizards up 120-118 on the highway. But that left sufficient time for Gilgeous-Alexander to get one final likelihood.

Beal completed with 25 factors in his first sport again after lacking 5 (thrice within the league’s well being and security protocols), whereas Kristaps Porzingis added 27. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 of his factors within the second half.

Gilgeous-Alexander is taking part in at an All-NBA/backside of the MVP poll degree this season, and we’ll be speaking quite a bit about him and the 7-8 Thunder.

3) Celtics win streak up to 8, Cavaliers shedding streak reaches 5

The streaks for 2 of the East’s prime groups proceed: The Celtics upped their profitable streak to eight, whereas the Cavaliers dropped their fifth straight.

Boston obtained a snug 126-101 win over the Hawks. The Celtics gained this one with depth. Jayson Tatum (19 factors) and Jaylen Brown (22) had off capturing nights, and the Celtics had been already with out Marcus Smart and Malcolm Brogdon.

So the function gamers stepped up: Grant Williams had 18 factors with 4 3-pointers, Derrick White completed with 16 factors and 10 assists, Sam Hauser and Luke Kornet every had 15 factors, whereas Payton Pritchard chipped in with 14 factors. That balanced scoring was an excessive amount of for the Hawks.

For Cleveland, no Jarrett Allen (sore left ankle) and this crew continues to battle when all its stars aren’t on the court docket. Evan Mobley couldn’t sluggish Brook Lopez (29 factors, together with seven 3-pointers), Giannis Antetokounmpo was getting anyplace he wished to go, and it was all too straightforward for the Bucks.

Allen is the defensive lynchpin for the Cavaliers and with out him they don’t seem to be close to the identical crew on that finish.

On the intense aspect for the Cavaliers, Mobley had a greater, extra fluid offensive sport with 20 factors — he has struggled to discover his offensive match taking part in with Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell (each guards and 23 on this sport).

Next up for the Cavaliers is the injury-riddled Charlotte Hornets. Cleveland wants to break its streak there as a result of issues get robust after that (Hawks and Heat back-to-back).

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