BOSTON — The Warriors can't blame the 94-86 loss to the Celtics on turnovers. For they only had 12.
And they can't point to a failure to rebound, as they outboarded Boston by 10, holding the Celtics to two offensive rebounds. They can't even blame it on the defense. Yes, Boston shot 48 percent. But the Warriors allowed seven points fewer than they normally allow.
No, this loss, Golden State's third straight, is a product of the Warriors' offense — which has quietly been a problem brewing for a while now. This is the part of the season where the good teams take their defense to another level.
And the Warriors offense hasn't seemed up for the task.
Friday, they managed just 34 percent shooting, their second-lowest rate of the season, and finished just one point above their season-low mark.
"As these games get more and more important," Curry said. "You're going to see that more often. We have to be as physical as we can on offense. Setting good screens, making sharp cuts and getting to our spots. We can't just float through our offense."
The Warriors' offense looked like a juggernaut when point guard Stephen Curry was lighting up Madison Square Garden for 54 points.
But Friday, the Celtics were determined to prevent that from happening.
Guard Avery Bradley, a defensive specialist starting at point guard since Rajon Rondo is out for the year, pressured Curry constantly. And when he wasn't in the game — his aggressiveness got him in foul trouble — Boston made sure the help was ready.
Curry finished with 25 points on 6 of 22 shooting. He missed eight of his 11 3-pointers. And without him rolling, the Warriors seemed to have nowhere to turn for reliable offense.