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Lou Williams sends warning to Warriors about looking ahead to Rockets

Lou Williams sends warning to Warriors about looking ahead to Rockets

Klay Thompson and the Warriors have admittedly been looking past the Los Angeles Clippers during their first-round NBA playoff series, with the Houston Rockets awaiting in the second round.

That was a mistake.

The Warriors have lacked mental focus throughout their first-round battle with the Clippers. After blowing a 31-point lead in Game 2, the Dubs won Games 3 and 4 to take a commanding 3-1 lead with the series heading back to Oakland.

But with their eyes squarely on the Rockets and not on the scrappy underdog in front of them, the Warriors let the Clippers off the hook as Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell led L.A. to a 129-121 Game 5 win Wednesday night.

After the win, Williams had a quick cautionary message for the Warriors about looking ahead.

"For us, our focus was to come in, extend the series and get another win on the home floor," Williams said when asked about the Warriors' openness about to looking toward Houston. "It's their mistake for looking ahead. So that's on them."

Williams, who scorched the Warriors for 33 points in Game 5, has a point.

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While the Warriors clearly have the talent to turn it on whenever they want, their nonchalant approach to the Clippers has put them in a bind.

Dropping two games to the underdog Clippers has cost the Warriors valuable rest days they could have used with the Rockets on the horizon. There also is the more pressing matter of a Game 6 at Staples Center that won't be easy to win. The Warriors have the ability to come out and squash the Clippers if they are focused on the annoying pest in front of them.

But if they once again find themselves peaking towards a date with James Harden, they could find themselves heading back to Oakland for a do-or-die Game 7 instead of Game 1.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 112-94 loss to red-hot Kings

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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 112-94 loss to red-hot Kings

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors-Kings matchup has provided some fun in recent years. The fun was entirely one-sided Tuesday in Sacramento's 112-94 drubbing of Golden State. 

It was the Warriors' seven straight loss and their third consecutive to the Kings this season. Sacramento (24-33) can sweep a series with Golden State (12-46) for the first time since 2003 with a win on April 15. Kings guard De'Aaron Fox scored 21 points and dished out five assists as Sacramento won its third straight game. 

Here are three takeaways from another dejected Warriors performance in a season full of lows. 

Sloppy play dooms first half

The easiest way to catch Steve Kerr's ire is to turn the ball over, and the Warriors did just that Monday. They committed nine of their game-high 17 turnovers in the first half, allowing the Kings to hold a 12-point lead at halftime. 

The Warriors have turned the ball over a lot against the Kings this season. Golden State committed 20 turnovers against Sacramento the last time these two played in San Francisco, and the two teams combined for 57 in an unwatchable affair that night.

While their ballhandling improved in the second half, the Warriors' lack of talent all but sealed another loss. On most nights, Golden State won't be the best team on the floor. The Dubs have to limit mistakes enough to give themselves a chance. 

Warriors can't shoot

The Warriors became one of the best-ever shooting teams during their dynastic run. Golden State demoralized teams with a 3-point attack led by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Tuesday showed just how far the mighty have fallen. 

Thompson and Curry are sidelined, and the Warriors shot 4-for-28 (14 percent) from beyond the arc Tuesday. Even worse? The ways the Warriors missed. Marquese Chriss and rookie Juan Toscano-Anderson traded airballs in the first half, as the Warriors shot just 5.9 percent from 3-point range in the first two quarters.

The Warriors' 3-point struggles are understandable. Only one Golden State player who dressed Tuesday -- Damion Lee -- shot better than 35 percent from beyond the arc entering the night. As long as Curry and Thompson are out, the Warriors' 3-point shooting will continue to decline. 

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Chriss shines 

The last time Chriss faced his hometown team, he played knowing he'd be cut by the end of the evening to make room for Lee's multi-year contract. Chriss showed how indispensable he is to the Warriors right now Tuesday, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. 

Chriss showed his potential in the first half, jamming an alley-oop pass from Dragan Bender over Kings big man Harry Giles. By the end of the half, he scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. 

The 22-year-old has played well since signing a multi-year deal last month. Chriss has averaged 18.4 points and 9.0 rebounds over his last five games. If he continues his current pace, he'll be an intriguing piece when the Warriors are healthy next season.

Watch Steph Curry mesmerize adorable baby Warriors fan with high five

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Watch Steph Curry mesmerize adorable baby Warriors fan with high five

Warriors fans intently watch Steph Curry during his pre-game shooting routine, especially now that the injured star is so close to returning to Golden State's lineup.

None, however, stared as intently at Curry on Tuesday at Chase Center as this adorable baby with primo floor access. 

Curry was kind enough to give the tiny fan one high five, but he completely left them hanging for a second! Steve Kerr said Saturday that news of Curry's participation in a scrimmage prompted a standing ovation from his teammates, but that was before the two-time MVP left a baby hanging. 

That probably won't diminish any excitement in Golden State's locker room, though, especially after Curry did Curry Things before the Warriors' game against the Kings on Tuesday. 

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Curry has not played since breaking his left hand on Oct. 30. Four months and two surgeries later, Kerr said "the hope" is that Curry returns to the Warriors' lineup Sunday against the Washington Wizards. 

The 31-year-old's hand will be re-evaluated Saturday, and he'll play if all goes well. Whether or not he's cleared, the Warriors at least know that his hand is capable of making a young fan's day.