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Dubs open second half of season with brutal three-game stretch

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Warriors' Steph Curry

The Warriors will be thrown straight into the fire coming out of the All-Star break. 

They open the second half of the season in Los Angeles against the Clippers before hosting the Utah Jazz and LA Lakers on back-to-back nights. 

For a team struggling to find consistency, playing three consecutive games against three of the top teams in the Western Conference after a week off could be a good thing or a bad thing. 

Bad, because it doesn't give you any time to ease into it. Good, because it forces you to lock in right away. Steph Curry sees it as the latter. 

"Tough stretch of games but I think that can help in terms of locking in and understanding how important every possession is, especially at the start of the game tomorrow against a really good team," Curry said Wednesday in a video conference with reporters. "We're excited for the opportunity, especially after sitting on those last two games for the whole break."

Those two games Curry was referring to were the Warriors' losses to the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns. But he should probably throw in their loss to the Lakers as well. 

The Warriors didn't want to close out the first half on their first three-game losing streak of the season. But the break nonetheless came at the perfect time. 

Instead of jumping right back into another game, which some players say is helpful after a disappointing loss, the Warriors had some downtime to rest their bodies and assess the bigger picture of what's going on with the team.

 

"You can beat your head against the wall a little bit in terms of what are the answers from game to game," Curry said. "Putting pressure on yourself. A break gives you a chance to get away, get your mind right, understand we should have fresh legs coming back, good energy against some good teams that will require an A+ effort to get a win."

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Golden State coach Steve Kerr hasn't given much attention to the Warriors' competition level in their next three games. His reasoning is simple.

"It doesn't really matter," he said. "The schedule is what the schedule is.

"It all balances out by the end of the year, anyway. We're in a little bit of a spot, having lost three in a row, and facing three great teams but we're going where we're trying to go. We have to play all these teams at some point. I don't give it a whole lot of thought. I just try and get the team ready and try to get us playing at our peak."

Whether the Warriors will come out with a newfound rhythm or will need some time to dust off the cobwebs is yet to be seen. However, it'll be answered fairly quickly when Golden State starts the second half of the season with its most difficult stretch of the schedule.

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