Wednesday NBA Roundup: Even in Victory, Warriors Have Questions They Must Answer

December 29th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Thanks to that immortalized blown 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals and the more recent Christmas collapse, we may never get away from judging the Golden State Warriors on the basis of how they perform against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But maybe that's not how it should be.      

Because what we saw in the Dubs' 121-111 win over the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena suggests the hangups, matchup issues, mental hurdles and other Golden State trouble spots we ascribe to the Warriors-Cavs dynamic don't have all that much to do with Cleveland, specifically.

They showed up against the Raptors too.

Sure, you can get into the idea of whether the Cavs have Golden State "shook," and there's that looming factor of LeBron James' being the best player alive. But when so much of what doomed the Warriors against those mighty Cavs recurs against other quality opponents—like the Raptors—you have to wonder: Is this just about the Warriors themselves?

Golden State played the extinction-level meteor to the Raptors in the first quarter, defending with energy, whipping the ba ...

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