SAN FRANCISCO – Once more, the Warriors are haunted by the largest of the beasts during this agonizing, historically uneven season. They will be visiting five S Road cities over the next nine days, which have consistently proved to be their downfall.
Klay Thompson is of the opinion that the Warriors will triumph this time around over the demons that have defeated them on every road trip—from the first, when they went 0-5, to the last, when they went 0-3.
After his 38-point outburst helped the Warriors defeat the Phoenix Suns 123-112 on Monday night, Thompson said, “I think we’re going to do it with these next five games.”
Golden State improved to 29-7 at Chase Center after that two-game homestand. The team, on the other hand, is 7-26 everywhere else, including 22 cities, since its first road defeat at Phoenix in October to its most recent defeat at Memphis last week.
This is what the Warriors bring to Los Angeles, where they will play the Clippers on Wednesday. After that, they will travel to Atlanta on Friday, Memphis on Saturday, Houston on March 20, and Dallas on March 22.
Thompson stated, “I think we’re going to come out of this road trip with a lot of great momentum.” Even though this season’s history has not been kind to us, I believe it is time for us to improve our ability to win games.
In fact, this is the only time. Only five of the Warriors’ remaining 13 games are at Chase, where they have won eight in a row. They have lost eight of their last ten games while playing on the road.
Failure to reverse the trend on the road during this trip and the three road games next month will have severe repercussions, regardless of how well the Warriors perform at home.
They probably won’t be able to avoid the play-in tournament and finish among the top six teams in the Western Conference because of this.
Additionally, the defending NBA champions will miss their chance to achieve their most awaited objective if the five-game road trip is even remotely as disastrous as the previous one: finishing in the top four, giving themselves an advantage on the home court in the first round.
Coach Steve Kerr stated, “It has to start with the defense.” When you look at the numbers, we have excellent defensive stats at home, making us one of the best teams in the NBA in terms of defensive rating, but when we play on the road, we are among the worst.
“The defense needs to be the first step.”
On Monday, it started there. In less than six minutes, Golden State opened up a 12-point lead, going up 43-21 in the first quarter, and held a lead of at least double digits for all but eight of the remaining 42 minutes.
This time, the Warriors were even more restrained in the first quarter than they had been in the previous matchup, when they held the powerful Milwaukee Bucks to 41.7 percent shooting and led 28-26 after one quarter.
The Warriors may have overcome their first-quarter woes after frequently falling behind early, frequently by double digits. Might.
Stephen Curry explained, “It’s important because you want to assert yourself early, make the game as easy as possible, and give yourself some life early.” We must carry it out on the road.
Curry is 35 years old on Tuesday, so it’s not necessarily because he has played more games or is older that he seems to be skeptical more than Thompson. Because he has scrutinized the season of this team himself and has reached the point where “seeing is believing,” that is the reason.
Curry stated, “We fought back and found our way back into a game even when we’ve been down big.” Therefore, you should group and stack good quarters. And we did that during our two most recent home games.
“Presently the test do we do on Wednesday.”
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The Warriors have received punishment from numerous locations across the mainland map, frequently once and occasionally twice. They’ve become slobs since arriving at an arena other than Chase Center, while some of the NBA’s least-threatening opponents appear to have transformed into monsters.
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