It's hard to truly encapsulate a single game on its own in the grand scheme of an 82-game basketball season. It's even harder to do so in the midst of a four-game losing streak midway through the season. It becomes near impossible to sustain some semblance of logic and reasoning after one of the best starts in franchise history.
So there's that. This game was kind of tough to watch. The last game of a four-game road trip, the Warriors came out tired, unmotivated, and outplayed in all aspects of the game en route to a quick deficit in the first quarter that snowballed into 20 by halftime.
The sloppy play started right from the onset, with a David Lee drive into an impossible shot behind the backboard, Stephen Curry turnover, and ending with a foul by Harrison Barnes on a fadeaway shot by Shawn Marion.
Ha, just kidding. It didn't end there. A myriad of comical errors sustained itself throughout the rest of the game, with Klay Thompson fouls on seven-foot Dirk jump shots, Klay's propensity to go Mickael Pietrus by stepping on the sideline out-of-bounds on drives, Lee's 4th foul straight out of halftime, Draymond Green airball (of course), and numerous unforced turnovers. But the worst? The lack of intensity on both sides of the floor.
We can easily attribute this to fatigue—and it would make a lot of sense in explaining the current ills—with four games in five days and 10th in 16 days. But when does small sample size become a trend? And when does that trend start to manifest itself and warrant legitimate concerns? In the past four games, the Warriors have allowed 103 three-point shot attempts. They've allowed 50 threes to rain down in those 103 attempts, good for 48.5 percent. That's an average of 12.5 makes on 25.75 threes a game.
Warriors finish road trip winless, on pace for 48 wins
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