3. Lack of discipline is evident
At their peak, the Golden State Warriors are a marvel to watch with the ball zipping all across the floor and long-range barrages led by Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. At their worst, well, they look like this.
The Warriors far too often aim for home run plays and try stretching good plays into great plays, something that was evident throughout Game 4, which can be best summed up with DeMarcus Cousins‘ opening the game with three turnovers in a five-minute stretch.
I mean, there is no reason why your traditional back-to-the-basket big man decides to go on a coast-to-coast fast break attempt that was equal parts sad and amusing.
The Warriors lost the turnover battle (again), to the Raptors, with an almost 2:1 turnover ratio (17-9) and against a team as offensively disciplined as the Raptors, that’s unacceptable.
Rather than attacking the paint and getting to the line as they did so successfully in Game 2, the Golden State Warriors settled for contested midrange jumpers and late shot clock attempts on a consistent basis.
With the lack of frontcourt scoring so evident sans Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors were unable to get the bailout shots that they relied heavily upon no. 35 late into the shot clock and seemed shell shocked throughout the majority of the second half.