Golden State Warriors: Keys To Game 4

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Apr 24, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) reacts after Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) missed a three-point shot as time expires in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Golden State Warriors 98-96. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

If you asked 1,000 Golden State Warriors fans whether they’d be comfortable with a Stephen Curry step-back jumper (or, more concisely, a “Steph-back”) to decide the outcome of a playoff game, I’d guess at least 999 of them would say yes, pump their fists and start loudly celebrating over the rhetorical victory. But as has been the case for 95 percent of this series, Curry just hasn’t been able to deliver with Chris Paul locking him down.

We can sit and debate whether a foul should’ve been called, especially since CP3’s elbow made some contact on Curry as he air-balled what would’ve been the gamewinner in Golden State’s 98-96 Game 3 loss. But even with players like Curry, who deserve the green light and normally make bad shots look like good ones by consistently knocking them down, sometimes even a Steph Curry shot is a bad shot, especially when it’s as well contested as it was.

So where does the Warriors’ failed comeback in Game 3 leave them? Other than surrendering home court advantage back to the Los Angeles Clippers, who have now won two straight in mostly convincing fashion, it leaves us wondering when the Splash Brothers are going to show up for a full 48 minutes, whether Draymond Green deserves even more run and questioning how this team playing without Andrew Bogut can possibly stop the monster that is Blake Griffin. Here’s what the Dubs need to focus on in Game 4 to even the series:

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