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Warriors (hope to not) fall to Kings in second-straight blowout loss

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Oh, wait. The game hasn’t started yet. Golden State (40-11) faces Sacramento (16-34) on Friday Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. PST — in enemy territory.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz
Stephen Curry (L) and JaVale McGee (R) discuss beard-growing techniques Sonny Rollins raising daughters offensive strategies on the bench during a Jan. 30, 2018 game in Salt Lake City, against the Utah Jazz.
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The term “enemy territory” makes it sound so dramatic.

But maybe that’s exactly what the Warriors need to finish the game with a win against a sorely subpar team. If linguistic trickery is needed to whip up inspired play? So be it.

Stephen Curry had a kick-ass January. But even he has succumbed to greater forces plaguing the team: uncharacteristically unfocused and uninspired play.

But, let’s face it. There’s not much in it for the Warriors in this game. Golden State is at the top of the league, it is the reigning NBA Championship team, and it boasts a trail of broken records. So, is it really necessary for the team to go out hardcore to avenge a 30-point loss to the Utah Jazz — another upside-down team?

More to the point: Not could — but should — the Warriors coast and escape with their health (no matter the final score)?

If the Warriors win and nothing else eventful happens during the game, it will be a non-news story. If they lose, all manner of skepticism will rise to the surface about lack of effort, resting on laurels, and the like.

The odd LeBron-to-GSW story would be refueled (to the annoyance of many).

So, it seems the only true motivation for winning tonight’s game would be to silence the LeBron-to-GSW trade rumors.

Otherwise, who cares?

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How important is this game?

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  • 32%
    Warriors must avenge 30-point blowout loss to Jazz and restore reputation.
    (81 votes)
  • 42%
    It’d be nice to see them play well and win, but it really doesn’t matter.
    (106 votes)
  • 25%
    Who cares? So long as they walk away healthy, I’m good.
    (63 votes)
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