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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  • Michael Dunlap

    Bottom line is, Chris Paul is better than Steph. He has the mental game down as well. I figured Curry would go off in one game but this series is over.

    • Gerald Bourguet

      CP3 has certainly made me feel better about choosing him for First Team All-NBA honors over Curry, I will say that

    • Elijah

      I haven’t seen enough to say that CP3 is better than Curry. CP3 choked in Game 1 with those free throws. Just because Curry didn’t go off with scoring doesn’t mean that he wasn’t effective. 15 assists is no joke.

      He also has five turnovers over the past two games COMBINED. I stand by what I said in this article: