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Has Warriors’ Chris Paul Experiment Already Failed? Dubs Nation Debates Real Problem After 2nd OKC Loss

Published 11/19/2023, 2:04 AM EST

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The Golden State Warriors are unfortunately in free fall. After a hot start, the team is plateauing with no signs of improvement. Due to the over-reliance on Stephen Curry and the slow start by Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, the team has yet to take off. Further, the suspension of Draymond Green has thrown another wrench in their plans. But, the blame might be falling on the team’s biggest change in the off-season. Despite leading a strong bench assault, Chris Paul might be the scapegoat in this scenario.

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After a 6th straight, and back-to-back to OKC, loss, the debate is high in the Bay. Is Chris Paul at fault?

The Chris Paul Experiment


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In his short stint with the Warriors, CP3 has already taken on multiple roles. While he was a starter to begin the year, he fit into an unnatural, but necessary, bench role. It is a role he has excelled in. Despite his counting stats being low, his impact on the other players and passing accuracy have made the Golden State bench a nightmare for the opposition.

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Over the last couple of seasons, bench play and production have been the biggest question mark around the team. Especially, the non-Steph minutes served as a total disaster. However, the inclusion of Paul has brought a change to that trend.


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But, the team continues to struggle. With Curry’s injury, some woes were glorified. However, even in return, the team wasn’t able to overcome a young and dangerous Oklahoma City Thunder squad. Behind Chet Holmgren and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder won their second straight game against GSW. Their play even left Isaiah Thomas impressed.

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However, it hasn’t been the fault of Chris. While an improvement in his efficiency could tip the scales, the larger problem for the team remains defense and size. Further, the drop from Wiggins and Thompson is the biggest red-herring.

With an impressive outing from Maple Jordan, could he be back to his old self? Remember, he did miss a significant portion of last year’s campaign. So, an adjustment period could be necessary. If the two can start clicking in, Golden State might be back in business.

After the WarriorsTalk page put up the same question, most fans were quick to voice their opinion. And, like the Warriors season so far, the questions remain unanswered.

Failure or success?

Of course, fans were rather patient with the approach. After 4 Championships for the team and a remarkable career for Paul, only one thing matters. Despite a pedestrian regular season record, there is one stage where the experiment needs to work. “Won’t know until Playoffs – that’s when they actually need him… but extra small ball isnt gonna get you through 82 games…” 

Moreover, fans were understanding of the core issues. Rather than pile on the newcomer, most could identify Klay’s shooting woes as the main problem. “Klay has been the problem.” 

Others were ready to call out the team’s lack of size as the main issue. Due to their success with the small ball lineup regularly, the team has chosen to lean deeper into it. However, it hasn’t given the same results throughout the regular season. “CP3 isn’t the problem. He’s doing what he was brought here to do. The starters except Steph and lack of size are the problem.”

One fan gave a soliloquy about the “main” problem for the team. Further, they also spoke glowingly about the job Chris has done with the bench unit. “Nah he hasn’t been the problem at all. He’s running the bench really well, the starters outside of Steph and Looney have been straight up garbage this season. Hopefully it’s about to change with Wiggs finally having a good game.” 


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Some fans think that it’s “too early” to decide the efficacy of the experiment.


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Regardless of the exact reasons for the Warriors’ troubles, the team needs to find a solution soon. In an extremely competitive West, one can never be too safe in the standings.

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