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The Warriors’ loss of identity raises the troubling prospect of spoiling the season

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SAN FRANCISCO — With the Warriors piling up indecent losses for the defending champ, a trend is disturbing and potentially spoiling the season He continues to sabotage their efforts. And he was there again on Sunday.

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They lost their identity, the one they began building in 2014 and rode the road to their first NBA Finals victory in 40 years.

At their best, the Warriors use player movement – with a roaming Stephen Curry as a catalyst – and clear passing to dazzle opposition defences. Their perfect possession is six or seven assists and an undisputed 3 ball.
in Their loss, 120-116, to the Brooklyn Netsbefore a bewildered, brooding crowd at the Chase Center, the Warriors were true to their identity in the first half but completely abandoned it in the second.

“It just doesn’t meet the moment in the sense of execution,” Carey said. “It’s a vague term but it means no-key loss, no-contact, square-loss, fouling rather than having them take a contested difficult crossing.

“Offensively, having a stagnant little ‘hero ball’. You can put that down the list a little bit and it seems like it happens at all the wrong times. We put ourselves in a situation, where we again give life to the other team, and they take advantage of it.”

Golden State in the first half: 18 passes, three solo turnovers. With four players scoring at least three turnovers and no one attempting more than eight shots, the Warriors took a 72-60 lead going into the locker room.

Golden State is the second half: 10 tackles, seven solo turnovers. Donte DiVincenzo and Draymond Green had nineteen cents, and Curry had the other. Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins and Jonathan Cuminga each failed to register a single pass in 56 minutes.

Much of the holding consists of one pass or even no pass, with individuals taking turns getting their “bags”.

It’s a low-key, commanding attacking style that Coach Steve Kerr despises.

“We played a good first half, overall, and that took us to the top of the third quarter,” Kerr said. “We turned it around a few times. We took some bad shots and then all of a sudden it became a game.”

It was as if the Warriors decided to dump the offense that fed them so well before halftime.

Their 17-point lead was demolished in the first half mostly because offense faltered (44 points) and defense got out of hand—Brooklyn shot 58.3 percent from depth.

“We weren’t executing as well as we could have been,” Kevon Looney said. “We got a lot of bad shots. No, I wouldn’t say bad (shots), but our offense really stagnated.”

Make no mistake. There were some bad shots, Splash culprits included Brothers Curry and Thompson. Cominga shot 5 of 7 in the second halfwhile his teammates were 10 of 39. Golden State scored 44 points after halftime.

“You give teams the ability to win the game on possession here, on possession there,” Curry said. “It’s the NBA and we were on the wrong side of it beating ourselves in a certain part of the game that gives life to the other team, and that’s what happens.”

That brings it to seven games this season in which the Warriors squandered a double-digit lead. What makes this one especially painful is that they’ve been relatively healthy, and it comes after Friday’s shock win in Cleveland sent positive vibes across the franchise.

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If that sounds familiar, it’s because this is a season when encouraging victories were fading in the shadow of insane losses, often against struggling or physically compromised opponents. The Warriors (23-24) never fell four games under . 500 but never rose higher than two.

“I can’t put it into just one thing,” Lonnie said. “We have a habit of playing a good 42 minutes or a good 40 minutes and just lose our way, lose our focus, a little stretch at a time. And in a league like this, it’s definitely hard to do that, to win that way.”

This pot was visible on Sunday, and not for the first or sixth time. If the Warriors don’t extend their season through June for the second year in a row, the reasons aren’t a mystery.

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