The Golden State Warriors are trying to bounce back from two straight losses for only the second time this season. After being dominated in the paint twice, they'll try to shore up their interior defense Friday night when they host the Portland Trail Blazers, who have won four in a row.
Golden State (22-12) strung together four consecutive wins before losing to the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis, the team's first back-to-back losses since Nov. 9 and 10. Shoddy defense taxed the Warriors in both defeats as they allowed 48.9 percent field-goal shooting to teams they're chasing in the Western Conference standings.
"We played two teams who we are trying to chase," said Stephen Curry, who averages a team-high 20.2 points. "Two teams who are right there in front of us in the standings who we understand have been playing great basketball just like we have. There is no need to panic. ... We just have to keep grinding and play 48 minutes."
Golden State's defense was exploited inside in ...