Warriors searching for an identity and other takeaways from loss to Jazz

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots as Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale (23) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Warriors are aware of the numbers. Night after night, the starting lineup gets out-scored and puts the team into an early hole. Golden State has so far tried to take the long-view. That may have to change.

Including a 12-point deficit to start Saturday’s 127-108 loss to the Jazz in Utah, this Warriors starting unit has been outscored by a total of 73 points this season.

Put simply, this is a problem.

“Work in progress obviously,” said Stephen Curry of the starting lineup, which consists of him, Kelly Oubre Jr., Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and James Wiseman. “The numbers aren’t great. Just trying to figure it out.”

Over the last few weeks, head coach Steve Kerr has remained steadfast in his approach, reasoning that the starting lineup needs time to jell if Golden State is going to reach its ceiling as a playoff team with a top-10 defense.

But Kerr has also said that rotations remain fluid, and has marked the 20-game point (Dec. 30 vs. Detroit) as a time when he could consider more dramatic changes. However, after two bad losses by a combined 34 points, the Warriors could determine changes are needed now.

“We’ve got to assess everything,” Kerr said. “As a…

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