Curry scores 24 in return, but the Dubs fall to the Suns

Curry scores 24 in return, but the Dubs fall to the Suns

SAN FRANCISCO — Heading into Tuesday night’s game, the Golden State Warriors were confident that the return of Stephen Curry would be just what they needed to build on the momentum they created earlier at home without him.

They finally got their MVP back. The starting lineup – the league’s best five-man unit – was full for the first time since December 3. They were facing an undermanned Phoenix Suns team.

Instead, the Warriors looked like a similar version of the team they were when Curry went down with a partially dislocated left shoulder, falling to the Suns 125-113.

I think with Steve W [Andrew Wiggins] Golden State guard Klay Thompson said, “We thought they’d come in, we’d get the dubbing.”

But Carrie Wiggins all has dust to dust off, and it was obvious.

Curry, who missed 11 games after being injured on December 14, wore a shooting sleeve on his left arm that ran from his shoulder to his wrist. He said he got through the game physically well and wasn’t thinking about his shoulder during the action – something that was crucial for him to be able to play.

On Friday, Curry said he didn’t think his conditioning took much of a hit during his layoff, and while he played 31 minutes Tuesday night, he admitted that playing under minute restrictions affected his ability to find his rhythm.

Knowing he would only play for certain periods, he said there was a level of pressure to get back in form in a limited amount of time, which he tried to balance while playing within the flow of the game.

“You’re hit or miss with how much rust you’re going to get and how close you’re going to get to the game,” Curry said. “The first quarter, it felt so good just being out there, running with our buddies… I felt like I was getting stronger as the game went on… In the fourth quarter, the game got really intense. We were playing desperately trying to come back and make some plays. I felt like myself again.” .

Curry scored 16 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. He shot 8-of-22 from the ground, including 5-of-15 from 3.

Wiggins, playing in his second game back from an adductor strain and subsequent injury, finished with 10 points but did so on 5-of-16 shooting and lacked the aggressiveness and rhythm he had before his absence.

Thompson started the night by scoring 14 of his 29 points in the first quarter and then calmed down. In his first game coming off the bench since December 3, Jordan Paul scored 27 points.

With just over four minutes left in the game, Curry hit three consecutive three-pointers to breathe life back into the Warriors. Three minutes later, Poole’s team stopped, Poole 3 and another stop, which saw the Warriors pull within six minutes after trailing by 27.

After a timeout, Curry was called for a foul, sending Damion Lee over the line and giving the Suns a three-possession lead. These free throws ended up being a dagger.

“I hope the fourth quarter is the team I know, love and appreciate,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “But we have to show up in the first quarter, not the fourth.”

Curry said the fourth quarter represents the “level of focus, tenacity, toughness and high IQ basketball” that the Warriors retain and what they know is essential to winning.

But the first three quarters saw the Warriors’ offense disintegrate and their defense virtually non-existent. Phoenix, playing without Devin Booker, Chris Paul, DeAndre Ayton, Cameron Johnson, and Cameron Payne, closed out the first quarter 10-0, and by halftime had a 14-point lead.

“I have to do a better job of giving [the Warriors] “The slap in the face that Phoenix gave us,” Kerr said. “One team has an emotional edge like Phoenix did, and they set the tone right away. That’s all it takes.”

Both Kerr and Thompson said Tuesday’s contest should serve as a reminder to the Warriors that there are no easy games in the NBA, no matter how healthy their roster is or how exhausted their opponent is.

“You need a wake-up call,” Kerr said. “You have to understand the level of commitment to each other, to the game that it takes to win the title.”

This isn’t just a reminder for the younger Warriors and Two-Way players, whom Kerr noted didn’t play against Phoenix, but for the veterans who won multiple championships.

But having just played their 41st game this season — the official halfway mark — there were other reminders of this, other games in which the Warriors then shared a similar feeling: that they realize they’re not meeting their level.

“We’ve been talking about it for a long time,” Carey said. “Ultimately, you have to do it or time will run out… We have 41 games to find out – otherwise we won’t.”

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