After Thursday's 121-118 overtime loss to the Celtics, the Golden State Warriors find themselves at 22-23 and flailing.
The defending champs haven't hit the panic button yet, but they may soon with more mind-blowing losses such as the one in Boston. Starters deserve most of the blame.
With 28 seconds left in regulation, Stephen Curry scored a driving layup. As the Celtics moved up the court, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole miscommunicated on a switch, leaving Jaylen Brown wide open for a game-tying three.
JAYLEN BROWN FOR THREE— NBA (@NBA) January 20, 2023
TIE GAME ON TNT pic.twitter.com/Vcjdnu22PS
The main problems for the Warriors are their terrible defensive rotations and a lack of communication, especially on the road. Golden State, in ninth place in the West, is 5-18 away from home.
The Warriors insist they can "flip the switch."
"We're capable, but it's a matter of execution and being able to sustain it," Curry said, per ESPN.com "There's another level to get to that we haven't gotten [to] in terms of putting together a full 48 minutes."
Under Steve Kerr, the Warriors are known as one of the best third-quarter teams in NBA history. This season, however, Golden State is a disaster in the third quarter.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 16, 2023
*Third quarter cumulative plus/minus last season: +232 (#1 in NBA)
*Third quarter cumulative plus/minus this season: -2 (17th in NBA)
Critics point to the Warriors' younger players -- Jonathan Kuminga, James Wiseman, and Moses Moody -- for an inability to execute down the stretch.
In this clip, however, four-time NBA champion Klay Thompson has fumble fingers:
Kerr could not have drawn up a better play, and Klay one hands the catch ♀️ pic.twitter.com/3w8nviJDWE— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) January 20, 2023
If the starters don't step up their game, the Warriors can forget about a repeat.
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