Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Injuries To Key Players Cause Warriors To Lose Consecutive Games

Currently, the Warriors are sitting in second place in the Western Conference with a 51-16 record, just two games back of the Rockets, who hold the tiebreaker between the teams, having won the season series 2-1.

Smith delivered yet another rant aimed at Kevin Durant as the Golden State Warriors deal with a couple of losses without the injury Steph Curry.

"Steph is the system here, and he's been a part of this since Steve Kerr's been here", Durant said. And despite playing second fiddle to Durant during the finals, Curry is still the Warriors' most valuable player. And we're left to find out in the next couple months if that's enough to keep them on top. "I am very confident in the way that we are heading, we are just in a little bit of a tough stretch".

We'll be back after the game with a wrap and some thoughts on the contest. Credit must also be given to the way the Timberwolves fought back and exposed weaknesses in the Warrior's defense.

However, Curry's absence affects the team in many ways.

The Western Conference has several challengers of its own, most notably the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors.

After notching 37 points against the Spurs, Durant brought his hot hand to Portland, where he unleashed yet another dominant offensive performance in front of the Moda Center crowd.

In the first meeting between the Warriors and Wolves this season, Towns only shot the ball 11 times and put up 6 points and 12 rebounds. Durant and Thompson are two of the best shooters in National Basketball Association history, sure, but they need role players to do their jobs to beat a playoff-caliber team on the road.

JAZZ 116, PELICANS 99: Ricky Rubio had 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Utah overcame Anthony Davis' first career triple-double - 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocked shots - for a victory at New Orleans that extended its winning streak to six.

Golden State pulled within one, at 104-103, on Durant's three-pointer with 2:08 left to play. After that, the Dubs close out the week with another home-road back-to-back sequence that will have them play the Kings at Oracle Arena on Friday before traveling to Phoenix to face the Suns on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry will have achieved another important life milestone - turning the big 3-0.

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