Tuesday NBA Roundup: Stephen Curry Masking Golden State Warriors’ Problems

November 1st, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

After their 127-104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, it's easy to assume the Golden State Warriors have finally shown what they can do when operating at full strength. 

They held the lethal backcourt combination of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in check while playing in an arena that ranked as the No. 6 home-court advantage in NBA.com's annual GM survey. They exploded on offense behind a barrage of three-pointers, pulling ahead with a 41-point third quarter and never looking back. They even received an unlikely bench contribution, as Ian Clark dropped a 22-spot on a perfect 8-of-8 from the field. 

But this isn't the best Golden State will play in 2016-17, because Stephen Curry masked so many of the team's flaws. 

Curry scored a mere five points during the first half, pestered by multiple defenders on many possessions and often taking a backseat to his teammates—both fellow stars and less-heralded role players such as Clark. But he went supernova during a 23-point third quarter, highlighted by a quintet of triples and the dazzling reverse layup you can see belo ...

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