With the loss to the Kings Warriors, Stephen Curry suffers a very rare touch for the first time in his NBA tenure
The Golden State Warriors find themselves in unfamiliar territory as they concede their first two playoff games against the Sacramento Kings. This marks the first time in Stephen Curry’s NBA tenure that the Warriors have been down 2-0 in a playoff series.
Game 1 was a close affair, with both Curry and Andrew Wiggins missing crucial shots in the final minutes of the game, resulting in a 126-123 loss for the Warriors. However, Game 2 wasn’t as competitive. Despite struggling in the first quarter, the Kings found their rhythm and retired, going on a 16-4 run when Curry was pulled out of the game to rest.
Though the Warriors attempted to stage a comeback with a new lineup that included Draymond Green, Wiggins and Gary Payton II, they were unable to overcome the Kings’ momentum. Their lack of discipline when it came to fouls in the third quarter didn’t help either. They eventually fell behind in the fourth quarter and failed to catch up, resulting in a 114-106 loss.
The Warriors will now return to Chase Center for Game 3, which could provide a much-needed boost as they’ve been battling on the streets all season. Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox has recognized the importance of the crowd in motivating players and the Warriors will look to capitalize on the support of their home fans.
The Warriors are two losses away from elimination and face a difficult task of reversing the streak. However, with Curry at the helm and the support of their fans, they will try to recover and avoid an early exit from the playoffs.
Can the Stephen Curry-led Warriors weather the odds and bounce back after Green’s suspension?
The Golden State Warriors face a critical juncture in their playoff campaign as they trail the Sacramento Kings by a 2-0 streak. The Warriors’ struggles on the road have been evident throughout the season, but with Game 3 being played at home, they have a chance to turn things around.
The task will not be easy, however, as they will be without the services of Draymond Green, who has been suspended for one game after kicking Sabonis in the chest and committing a flagrant foul. Green has been a key part of the Warriors’ success this season, delivering an all-around game that has been instrumental in their success.
Without Green, the Warriors will have to rely on Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins and Gary Payton II to step up and fill the gap. The Kings played with confidence and energy, and the Warriors will need to match that intensity if they hope to return to the series.
It remains to be seen if the Warriors can overcome the odds and strike back, but with Curry at the helm and a vociferous home crowd behind them, they will certainly give it their all.