The Golden State Warriors struggle without the likes of Curry and Thompson

To say that the Golden State Warriors have struggled to start the season would be a bit of an understatement. The Warriors were once seen as the NBAโ€™s juggernaut after winning five straight Western Conference titles and three championships in a four-year span.

Golden State Warriors to win the Western Conference: 51*

However, it has been a string of bad luck since Steve Kerr lost star Kevin Durant in free agency. Two-time league MVP Steph Curry and All-Star Klay Thompson are both sidelined to recover from serious injuries.ย ย 

Without its flashy stars and winning ways, Golden State does not attract the same level of ire from opposing fandoms as it did mere months ago.

The Warriors have fallen to a dismal 2-9, after falling defeat to the Jazz 122-108. It wonโ€™t get any easier on Friday when the team starts a spurt of five of six games on the road with a visit to Southern California to face the Lakers.

The Warriors started the game against Jazz with the right energy. If the Warriors hadnโ€™t killed their own momentum by fouling, they would have won the quarter, and even kept up the momentum for the second half.

Russell finished with 33 points, his fourth straight game with at least 30 points. Included in that was 18 straight Warriors points in the first quarter. That spurt started with a 19-foot jumper and then continued with three 3-pointers in a span of 51 seconds.

After a break in the action, Russell drilled his fourth 3-pointer of the period to give the Dubs a 22-17 lead, their largest lead of the game.

Draymond Green made his return to game action after missing the previous five games, finishing with four points, four assists, and seven rebounds before drawing two technicals and getting ejected in the fourth quarter.

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