Mar 22, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) and guard Gary Payton II (0) talk with head coach Steve Kerr against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic seemed like a great opportunity for the Golden State Warriors to right the ship after losing two straight. It didn’t happen.

While the Warriors trailed 46-38 at halftime, a monster third quarter gave them a 76-65 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for Golden State, the fourth quarter was as bad as the third quarter was good. The Warriors were stagnant offensively and ended up on the wrong end of a 94-90 final.

Orlando entered the game at 19-53, which was tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Between that and the blown lead, the reaction of the NBA world was not kind to the Warriors.

Even Golden State’s own Twitter page did little to spin the loss.

The reaction elsewhere was much worse.

Of course, it can’t be ignored that the Warriors were without Steph Curry. While he’s expected to be back for the playoffs, the two-time league MVP will miss most (if not all) of the rest of the regular season. His immense value was a talking point following the loss in Orlando.

Of course, some of Golden State’s struggles pre-date Curry’s injury.

Even after Tuesday’s loss, the Warriors are 47-25 and sit as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. From that perspective, things are still OK. But they need to make up two games on the Memphis Grizzlies to get to the No. 2 seed and have home-court advantage in a potential second-round playoff series between the two. Furthermore, following the loss, Golden State is only two games ahead of the Utah Jazz and three ahead of the Dallas Mavericks.

The playoffs will undoubtedly include the Warriors. But for the sake of their seeding, things need to get better quickly.

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