Last night, I finished watching the Jazz-Rockets game on TV and thought to myself that the back of my eyelids might be a better choice than the following Clippers-Warriors game. The game was at Oracle (Warriors home) and about time Golden State sharpened its claws and finished the job at hand. How wrong I was on that one.
The Clippers surprised the NBA world, defeating the Warriors ‘again’ on Wednesday night, ending the game at 129-121. One loss in a First Round Series is kind of forgivable for a four-time defending conference champion. But a pair of consecutive home losses speaks to a deeper problem.
It’s not like the Warriors had a bad game either. The team had 31 assists with only 8 turnovers, a normal formula for success. But even a tight offensive performance and a career-playoff-high 45 points from Kevin Durant wasn’t enough to overcome their atrocious defensive efforts. Looking at the third quarter score, I had to do a double take — 104-94. To put this in perspective, Golden State has only allowed 100 or more points in just 3 quarters just twice in the Steve Kerr era.
There are also reports that the Warriors were already dreaming and scheming about their next match-up against the Houston Rockets, which is why they were not focused. I call BS on that statement. If this team can’t stop Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley on their home floor, then what the hell are they going to do to stop James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela when (and if) they face the Rockets.
Catch you Monday.