Over the first four-plus months of the season, as they toiled through fourth-quarter meltdowns and puzzling miscues, Warriors players often reiterated four words: “We’ll figure it out.”
This was their way of staying positive, even if it was tough at times to feign smiles amid mounting losses. But on Monday night at Chase Center, after they held off the Jazz for a 119-116 win, the Warriors hardly needed to fake joy or lean on trite phrases.
With three regular-season games left, Golden State is playing some of its best basketball of the season and looking like a potentially tough out in the postseason. This isn’t good news for Utah, which, as the Western Conference’s top team, could have the misfortune of facing the Warriors in the first round.
After seizing an 18-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, Golden State gave up a 31-11 run to fall behind by two with 1:11 left, only to get bailed out by its two most important players. With 14.5 seconds remaining, guard Stephen Curry caught a low-angle bounce pass from forward Draymond Green and drained a 3-pointer from the top of the arc. Crouching low, Curry smiled as he shared a knowing glance with Green.
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“If you know anything about basketball or anything about me, I’m finding Steph,” Green said. “He knows that. I think that was that look.”
Moments later, after Utah guard Jordan Clarkson missed a driving layup,…