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Steph Curry can't hit a 3; Warriors can't solve Lakers yet again


Stephen Curry went 0-for-10 from deep Friday night, snapping his record of 157 consecutive games with a 3-pointer made. That's at once an aberration and an expected, eventual disruption of routine quality. It's a stat that illustrates a particularly frustrating night, though, for a team that's compiling a few frustrations.
In what's becoming something of a tradition, the Golden State Warriors got smacked at Staples Center by the Los Angeles Lakers, this time 117-97. Last season, on March 6, the Lakers throttled the Warriors here, 112-95. The season before, two days before Christmas, Golden State got soundly beaten in Los Angeles, 115-105.
"It was our annual beatdown at Staples," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
It's a confounding minitrend, something of a novelty in this particular, beleaguered Lakers era. More troubling are the recent trends, the ones that aren't yet correcting for the Warriors in this young season.
In the first quarter, Golden State scored a meager 15 points and it would have been 12 if not for a buzzer-beating heave from Andre Iguodala. At first, it could be explained away. The Warriors were moving the ball and open 3-pointers were rattling out. It happens. Make-or-miss league as the cliche goes.
Then, it looked as if results started to corrode process, as the Warriors took increasingly poor attempts as the quarter wore on. The offense was adrift and movement eventually ground to a halt. Defensively, the Warriors were initially flustered by Los Angeles' ball movement. It was 65-49 Lakers at the half, but surely these trends would abate.
The correction never really came, save for a brief third-quarter run the Lakers responded to. In the end, no Lakers starter needed to play more than 30 minutes in closing out the vaunted Warriors. Golden State was effectively run off the court by Nick Young and friends.
"We're not gonna be perfect every game, as much as you want us to be," Kevin Durant said.

"Not making shots," Thompson told ESPN. "I'm not going to panic, playing like crap. It's November so I'm not going to panic. I had a bad start last year, too. That's all I got for you."The shots you'd expect Klay Thompson to hit went begging. Thompson continued his slump, to the tune of 4-of-18 from the field and 2-of-10 beyond the arc. Those figures represent another trend that's yet to correct. The same goes for Curry's reckless fouling, which cost him first-half minutes. Same for Zaza Pachulia's lack of comfort in the offense, and Iguodala's inability to recapture his old form.
As for Durant? Ironically, it's still the newcomer who looks as if like he has been here all along. Durant finished with 27 points on 16 shots, looking like an oasis of calm among teammates who appear lost.
It's not all bad for the Warriors. They're still 4-2, with young big man Kevon Looney starting to offer productive minutes (5-for-5, 11 points).
"I'm comfortable with what they want me to do, rebounding, rolling hard," Looney said. "I'm getting comfortable playing with the guys, so I know where to be, what to expect."
But one could be forgiven for wondering when the Warriors will start to look like something improved by Durant's presence, rather than propped up by it.