The Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA, and there’s no doubt about it from their recent years of success. However last night, the Warriors played the Portland Trail Blazers and lost.
Portland’s pushing hard to be active in this year’s Playoffs, so this game wasn’t going to be a cakewalk for the Warriors. Kevin Durant dropped 50 in the game, which was his first time scoring 50 points in a Golden State uniform, and the fifth time in his career. But it all came down to Damien Lillard who also scored 44 points. Individually, KD won the battle against Lillard, though it was Portland beating Golden State that won the war.
The 123-117 loss, sunk the Warriors to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, which hasn’t happened this late in the season since Golden State’s emergence in 2014. Chalking in 44-14, they trail the Houston Rockets by half a game for the league’s best record, but there seems to be something off with the Warriors. The weakness is coming from Golden State’s bench. The second squad has not performed to the level that Golden State are accustomed to over the years, and Andre Iguodala is the key component to that unit.
At age 34, Andre’s explosive athleticism hasn’t disappeared, but it’s his shooting that has faded away. He appears to have lost faith in his jump shot, which has previously been a huge weapon for him during his five seasons in the Bay Area. Andre is also shooting below 30 percent from 3 and has suddenly become a liability for the team. If Andre can’t shoot, he may become unplayable during the postseason, taking away the team’s most dangerous weapon: The Death Lineup.
Catch you Monday.