Analyst: Warriors Know They Can Beat Anyone

Steph Curry and the Warriors can lack urgency. That's because they know they're "pretty impossible" to beat

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
May 21, 2018 - 10:16 am

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Steve Kerr, at times, has been brutally honest about his team this year. He’s taken the Warriors to task for their defense and effort, which is why their 127-105 loss to Houston in Game 2 was so disappointing.

But then Game 3 happened – a 126-85 Warriors win – and you realize why Golden State, even on the biggest of stages, sometimes lacks a sense of urgency.

“This team is so hyper aware of the fact that when they play the way they need to play, they can really beat anyone,” San Francisco Chronicle Warriors beat writer Connor Letourneau said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think that breeds a certain level of complacency, even when the stakes are this high. You saw (in Game 3) that there’s a reason why they believe that and why they have that problem because when they’re doing what they need to do, especially defensively, they’re pretty impossible.”

Game 3, indeed, was evidence of that. The Warriors outscored the Rockers by nine points in the first quarter, 10 in the third and 20 in the fourth. This wasn’t a first-round game against a team that squeaked into the playoffs; this was in the conference finals against a team that finished with the best record in the NBA.

“To beat Houston – a team that won 65 games this season – by 41 points in a pivotal game in the conference finals, that’s unheard of,” Letourneau said. “And they made it look easy tonight.”

Steph Curry, especially. After shooting 2-of-13 from three in Games 1 and 2, Curry erupted for a game-high 35 points in Game 3. He shot 13-of-23 from the floor, 5-of-12 from distance, and scored 18 points in the third quarter.

“He was not only hitting 3s, but he was doing the Steph things that we’re used to seeing,” Letourneau said. “He was breaking down guys off the dribble, getting the reverse layups, the scoop shots, the 30-footers and then shimmying afterwards – all that kind of stuff. It was entertaining regardless of the final score.”

The Warriors can take a commanding 3-1 series lead with a win in Game 4 on Tuesday. Tip-off is at 9 p.m. ET.