Golden State Warriors: 3 takeaways from Game 3 of 2019 NBA Finals

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 05: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts late in the game against the Toronto Raptors during Game Three of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 05: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts late in the game against the Toronto Raptors during Game Three of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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1. No offensive production outside of Steph

Game 3 was an overall poor shooting performance by Golden State in having shot just 39.6 percent from the field and 12-of-36 from behind the 3-point line. Draymond’s 17 points ranked second on the team, yet he shot just 6-of-14 and combined with Iguodala to hit only four of 12 attempts from distance.

None of the unsung heroes from Game 2 brought their talent back to Oracle Arena. DeMarcus Cousins had more turnovers than assists along with just four points on 1-of-7 shooting. Quinn Cook failed to knock down an outside shot after hitting three the previous game.

What is customarily a potent offense with too many weapons to account for was whittled down to a single source in the loss. Oddly enough, Toronto did little to take the ball out of Curry’s hot hands, but it didn’t come to matter when his teammates failed to convert shots from everywhere on the court.

The irony of Curry’s circumstance in Game 3 is not lost on a lot of NBA fans. In their numerous battles over the years, LeBron James at times has had to singlehandedly carry an unfathomable offensive burden just to give his team a chance, while Steph has always been backed by a well-balanced roster that could cover for him in the event of an off night.

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This is not a situation the Warriors are familiar with. Rather, it’s one they’ll simply have to power through until reinforcements arrive. There is no secret method to greater success in Game 4. The Dubs got open shots. It will be up to guys like Iggy and Alfonzo McKinnie to keep the Raptors’ defense honest enough to create just a sliver of extra space.