Back home after eight games in 13 days that included two cross-country trips and one to the Midwest and Texas, the Warriors have lost three straight regular-season games for the first time since November 20-23, 2013.
The young Sixers could look at the upside. They are essentially the same thing for Golden State. “You know what I mean?” Barnes, though, blew a layup after he swiped the McConnell pass as Green’s foul sent Saric to the stripe.
Dario Saric absolutely ate any of the Warriors that switched onto him in the pick-and-roll.
“It’s a very amusing floor spot”, Brown explained.
In fact, as part of their never-mind-what-you-see-just-listen-to-what-we-tell-you campaign that they have employed over the past two weeks, they postulated that Tuesday’s 106-104 victory over the Not-Nearly-As-Bad-As-They-Used-To-Bes was just the thing they needed to recalibrate themselves for the final 15 games of their Durantless season.
So when Durant suffered an MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise in his annual return to Washington on February 28, the expectation was that while losing Durant would certainly be detrimental, an increase in production from Curry (along with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green) would compensate. Richaun Holmes missed a tip-in attempt and the Warriors held on. “A lot of focus has been on us not making shots the last couple games”.
“We just finished a back-to-back with a win”, Brown said. They lose focus. They get tunnel vision on offense. We’re still going to get everybody’s best shot.
There were highlights sprinkled throughout the Sixers’ box score.
Klay Thompson joined the 20-point club with 28 of his own on 10-of-22 shooting and was literally the only player in a Warriors jersey to have a decent shooting night. Robert Covington tied for a game high with nine rebounds.
Not coincidentally, the Warriors were 4-4 in those eight games and 49-9 to that point. It was his 16th straight game with 10 or more points.
“This is going to sound insane, (but) I kind of like it”, Kerr said. “We should put the game on how we really tried to play defense in the second half and tried to fight”.
To mix movie metaphors, Green basically Weekend at Bernied the lifeless corpses of his teammates and reanimated them into a fully functional basketball team.
For three quarters they were as listless as they were aimless, defending without commitment, rebounding only intermittently, taking a laissez-faire approach to loose balls and shooting more out of hope than objective.
A close loss against a championship-caliber team shouldn’t be celebrated, but the Sixers don’t have to wallow in it for the remainder of the season, either.
The teams exchanged leads over the final minutes until a Curry 3-pointer put the Warriors ahead for good, at 101-99 with 3:42 left. They switch on you on everything with a bunch of all-league defensive players. The only thing I’d say, there’s certain humorous things you should say in the sanctity of the locker room and there’s certain humorous things you might want to keep from the media.