The Warriors continue their sluggish stretch of form, losing to the bottom-dwelling Phoenix Suns at home. The loss is the sixth loss in the last 10 games for the Warriors, the worst stretch of their season so far.
Devin Booker had himself a monster night against Golden State, going for 37 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds. The game was his second 35+ point game in his last three outings. The guard is having a lucrative month so far, averaging 29.0 points and 6.3 assists in the month of March.
Booker’s performance on Sunday lifted the Suns to their first win over the Warriors in the last 19 regular season matchups. To make matters worse for the Warriors, they will be without Kevin Durant for an undisclosed amount of time. Durant went down with what appears to be an ankle injury in the fourth quarter, keeping him out for the remainder of the game. Durant is expected to miss the Warriors next game against the Rockets on Wednesday, as coach Steve Kerr will likely not rush his small forward back to quickly. With the postseason just 17 games away, there is no need to push Durant to return to quickly.
The Warriors start a difficult four game road trip on Wednesday. Golden State will take on the Rockets, Thunder, Spurs, and TImberwolves on the road before returning to Oracle Arena to play the Pacers on March 21st. With just a game and a half lead over the Nuggets for the first place position in the west, Golden State must perform over this difficult stretch, or the top seed might not be theirs for long.