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Golden State shot 13-44 from three point land, and paid for it against the Blazers on Thursday. The Warriors, who have now lost two games in a row for the second time in 30 days, have yet to look like the Warriors of last year. Steph Curry had 29 points and 7 assists, and KD had a triple double with 26 points, 11 dimes, and 10 boards.
This time last year, the Golden State Warriors had only lost seven times. This year, they have already lost 13 times. The Golden State defense is allowing 111.00+ points a game, a stat that ranks them 20th in the league. On top of this, the Warriors are sending opponents to the free throw line 24.8 times a game, tied for 22nd in the league in this category. So not only are the Warriors giving up points, but they are giving up easy points. Only seven teams have allowed more points overall this season, leading to more close games than last season, and more losses as a result of those close games.
After getting embarrassed by an ascending Utah Jazz team on Christmas Day, the Blazers bounced back in a very impressive way. Portland now has a record that puts them just 2.5 games back from the top of the Western Conference.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have the Blazers competing with the best of the best, but do they have enough to separate themselves from the contenders this year? So far, the numbers will say no. The Blazers have struggled with top tier opponents, going under .500 against the teams in the top 8 of each division.
The two teams will see each other in Portland on Saturday. Golden State is 8-8 on the road so far this year, while Portland has only lost 5 games at their home court this season.