Golden State Warriors: Limiting turnovers must become top priority

Mar 8, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1), guard Stephen Curry (30), center Zaza Pachulia (27) and head coach Steve Kerr on the sideline at the end of the game against the Boston Celtics at Oracle Arena. The Boston Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors 99-86. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1), guard Stephen Curry (30), center Zaza Pachulia (27) and head coach Steve Kerr on the sideline at the end of the game against the Boston Celtics at Oracle Arena. The Boston Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors 99-86. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Golden State Warriors have an issue with turning the ball over and changing that must become their top priority immediately.

The Golden State Warriors are dealing with some issues on the floor right now. It doesn’t take a genius to realize the team is probably going through more right now than they have over the last couple of seasons. Without Kevin Durant and the team seemingly having no groove at all, Golden State looks vulnerable and they’re in danger of falling out of the top seed in the Western Conference.

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Their struggles were highlighted greatly against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. The team let the Celtics run away with the game in the fourth quarter and the Oracle Arena was silent for the first time in a long time. Stephen Curry was off and the whole team was off.

However, there has been one problem that goes beyond missing Durant that has plagued the Warriors all season–turnovers. That’s right, the Warriors have done themselves no favors this year turning the ball over and according to TeamRankings, the Warriors are 22nd in the league turning the ball over at an alarming 14.8 times per game.

While turnovers should be somewhat expected with the crazy plays the team draws up on offense, there is no excuse for turning the ball over as many times as they are. It’s just sloppy and reckless, which has created for some bad habits within the team.

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The Warriors make it harder on themselves defensively by turning the ball over as much as they do and it allows the offense to pick up transition buckets on them. If the Warriors want to make a change and do something that will help their title chances, working on limiting the turnovers would be a huge start.

When the playoffs arrive and games turn to more half-court sets than the regular season usually provides, it’s going to feel as if the court is getting a lot smaller for Golden State. That means they won’t have the same space they are normally afforded and the risk of turnovers becomes even higher.