Warriors must give Steph Curry ball early, often to win this season

It’s 36 seconds after tipoff when James Wiseman takes the Warriors’ first shot. He misses. Kelly Oubre Jr. takes the second shot. Misses. Andrew Wiggins takes the third. Misses. Draymond Green takes the fourth. Another miss.

The game is barely two minutes old, the Warriors are trailing Utah 14-0 and coach Steve Kerr wants a timeout.

Out of the timeout Oubre gets an open look and takes his second shot, which goes in. He misses his third shot. Wiggins misses his second shot. Oubre misses a fourth. And a fifth.

The score: Jazz 19, Warriors 2.

It’s nearly five minutes into the game, with the Warriors missing eight of their first nine shots, that their leading scorer and the No. 3 scorer in the NBA takes his first shot. Steph Curry’s 26-foot 3-pointer drops through the net.

Next possession, exactly 30 seconds later, Curry takes the next shot, this one from 29 feet. Splash. Golden State’s shooting slumber is over. The offense is awake and active. The Warriors make nine of their next 11 shots.

Curry scores a game-high 24 points. He passes Hall of Famer Reggie Miller and moves into second place on the NBA list of most 3-pointers in a career. Curry is unable, however, to save the Warriors from themselves.

Moreover, they are trailing by 17 when he is welcomed to join the action. This is one of the stretches when it seems his teammates, Green generally exempt,…

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