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

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

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

Everything was set up for the Golden State Warriors to roll on Tuesday night. Those are the games to watch out for. With the Suns missing 80 percent of their starting lineup and Stephen Curry returning to the lineup after 11 games, the Host Warriors were pretty much overplayed from start to finish in a 125-113 loss that wasn’t even as close as the score would go for most of it show the night.

Curry had a terrible game until he really got going in the fourth quarter when he scored 16 of his 24 points and the Suns turned the ball 12 times to put the Warriors back within striking distance.

But that was the last breath. The Suns controlled this game all along. They destroyed Golden State on the offensive glass. Mikal Bridges, whom the Suns have leaned heavily on in the absence of Devin Booker and now Chris Paul, was great as a main initiate with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting and several high-quality passes usually reserved for elite playmakers.

Bridges has gotten better every year in his career. He is able to plant the ball on the ground and generate attacks for himself and his teammates. He gets his chance to show that more and more. He’s a Rand All-Star.

As for the Warriors, that means three straight home losses to wrap up an eight home game season. The road was a problem all season, but the Warriors were great at the Chase Center until they dropped contests against Detroit, Orlando and Phoenix, neither of which brought a winning record into the matchup.

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

We’re now halfway through the season and the Warriors are under .500 (20-21). It’s good news that Curry found his rhythm late. That would never last long and he’ll need to carry that momentum with him. The Warriors won’t be able to play the “We’ll flip the switch when the time comes” card for much longer.

Yes, they have every right to believe they can beat anyone in a playoff series, home or away, so their seed probably isn’t of the utmost importance. But at the very least, staying out of the play-in round when a loss can send you home should be a priority. Check out the rest of the Western Conference. It’s stacked. There’s going to be a really good team that has to fight their way through the play-in, and the Warriors want to avoid that dubious designation.

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