Warriors observations: Steph Curry’s 50 wasted in ugly road loss to Suns

Gone are the times when the Warriors would take to the road and go on a rampage, punishing opponents and silencing arenas.

When the Warriors of 2022-23 go on the road, they’re getting pushed round and heading for the bus chins on chests

The newest instance got here Wednesday at Footprint Center in Phoenix, the place the Warriors, out for revenge after being blown on the market final month, had been once more run off the ground, compelled to put on a 130-119 bashing by the Suns.

Golden (*50*) on the road this season is now 0-8 – its worst road begin since a 0-9 begin in 1989.

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 50 factors, however he couldn’t overcome the shortage of offensive help and the group’s usually shoddy protection.

Here are three observations from one other unforgettable night time in the desert for the Warriors (6-9):

Beating the identical previous drum

Golden State’s teaching workers has spent a full 4 weeks training and discussing and pleading for the group to rediscover its defensive muscle.

And for 4 weeks, that muscle has not materialized.

It was invisible in Phoenix, because the Suns spent the night strolling into open photographs, together with nook 3-pointers from guys like Mikel Bridges and Torrey Craig – two guys who not often take or make one other shot – and scorching the nets.

The Suns, lacking two starters and two extra rotation gamers, shot 51.2 p.c from the sector and 52.5 p.c past the arc.

Every participant in Phoenix’s beginning lineup scored in double digits, led by 29 factors from Cameron Payne. Every Suns starter besides Devin Booker (8-of-17) shot a minimum of 50 p.c from the sector.

Through modifications with schemes, lineups and rotations – the most recent being JaMychal Green shifting from energy ahead to small-ball heart in the second unit – the search has been futile.

There isn’t any fixing these Warriors till they discover it.

The Steph Show, Pt. 373

There will come a degree when somebody sporting a Warriors jersey will step ahead and thrive in the function of productive accomplice to Curry. Honestly, that day will come.

Until then, there shall be extra nights like this. Nights when Curry is that this group’s solely offensive hope, a solo scoring act inside a group assemble.

Curry’s 50 factors got here on 17-of-28 capturing from the sector, together with 7-of-11 from distance, and 9-of-9 from the road. This was his first 50-point sport this season, his third with a minimum of 40 factors and his tenth sport with a minimum of 30.

With 31 factors in the primary half, Curry achieved two feats. One, he moved forward of retired Warriors star Mitch Richmond and into forty ninth place on the NBA’s profession scoring record. Two, he outscored by six the opposite 4 members of the beginning lineup.

Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins – these greatest fitted to the function – mixed for 35 factors on 11-of-33 capturing.

Until constant assist arrives, the Warriors don’t have any selection however to maintain using the Steph Show.

Death by second-chance factors

The Warriors had been outrebounded in 9 of their first 14 video games. Make it 10 of their first 15.

They have been outscored in second-chance factors for six consecutive video games. Make it seven.

And this one was notably one-sided in each features – and deadly concerning the second-chance factors differential. The Suns bullied their approach to a 14-0 benefit in the primary half and completed with a 16-5 margin.

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Rebounding is part of protection, the easiest way to clear missed photographs by opponents, but it surely requires effort and concentrate on such fundamentals as blocking out

It is, for now, yet another space the place the Warriors have been failing with their defensive fundamentals.

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