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Problems resurface in Warriors' loss to Cavs (w/video)

  • Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut fights Cleveland Cavaliers Tristan Thompson, left, and Kyrie Irving for a rebound during their game in Oakland on Friday, March 14, 2014.
    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

"Just were not playing the way we're supposed to," Stephen Curry said. "It was just a bad flashback."

Unexpected losses are a regular part of every NBA season. But the Warriors have lost to Cleveland, Charlotte, Minnesota, Washington and Denver.

They needed a last-second shot to stave off visiting Boston, and San Antonio won at Oracle despite sitting its three best players.

To be fair, the Wizards have a winning record and are eyeing the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Bobcats are a playoff team in the East and were at home.

The Timberwolves are a .500 team that was expected to be vying for a playoff spot. So not all of these are humiliating losses.

But these failures do reveal kinks in the Warriors: They have a real problem with athletic frontlines; their best players struggle to be productive on off nights; and their system doesn't compensate well for those offensive struggles.

You can also question the mental toughness of this team, though that's hard to do for one of the best defenses in the league.

It's not that the Warriors don't have the fortitude to address adversity. They just don't show the maturity to muster it consistently.

That's just who they are. If they had that Spurs-like consistency, the Warriors would be among the top four teams. But they don't, which is why they're not.


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