All’s right with the Warriors. Nothing to see here. Just the best team in hoop and the best show in sports, blowing out chumps, running down 45, and cruising to 73 wins like it’s nothing. Oh, and blowing a 17-point lead to lose at home to a last place team.
Wait – what??? I know most of you didn’t see it. An even fewer of you reading this actually believe it. But it’s real. The Warriors just got T-Wolf’d in their own house.
Never mind could Scott Pippen’s ’96 Bulls beat them. Andy Wiggins’ 2016 freaking Timberwolves just shocked them.
That’s Golden State’s second loss in 5 days. And their second HOME loss in a row. But I’m not going to sit here and ask “What’s wrong with the Warriors? Let’s go to the phones!” Because I already know. And so do they. It’s not that they’re injured. In fact they were back to full strength for the first time in quite some time, against Minnesota. It’s not that they’re gassed. They just had an off day on their home turf. It’s that they’re bored, they’re annoyed, they’re distracted. Steve Kerr remembers the same thing happened to that Bulls team, when they started losing games and started leaking oil and dropping engine parts in the final 2 weeks.
And if you don’t believe me, then take it from the King of Real Talk, Draymond Green: big man. Exactly what is going on here? “Honestly? Yes. … Talking 82 games, we get bored with that after a while. And that’s not an excuse, just, I’m always give it to y’all real, and that’s about as real as I can be. It’s kind of at a point now where you’re ready for the regular season to be over.”
I get it. It’s NBA Senioritis. But that’s the problem. They can’t afford to throttle down, because you know the Spurs aren’t going to… With 4 games left, the potential greatest team of all time… Could still finish second best in the West. Especially since two of those games are with the Spurs. Never mind losing the record; after losing two in a row at home, they’re in danger of losing the number one seed in the West.
Now, the record should be the last thing on their mind. Locking and dialing in should be the first. Do that and the record will take care of itself.
But more importantly, they’ll be prepared to defend their title, because watching them last night, they aren’t. And instead of bleeding out the last four games so they can get to the playoffs, they need to play these last four as if the postseason has already begun.
This isn’t about chasing history and about how much this crew has: this is straight business. The business of not getting on a plane to go to San Antonio for a Game 7 in the playoffs.
Never mind this season-long question to catch Jordan and Pippen. The Warriors are in a week-long battle to fight off Leonard and Duncan. Bad loss last night. They can’t afford another one. There’s nothing Man’s Game about losing home court when you won 70 games. And to quote Draymond…”… that’s about as real I can be.”
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