The Warriors' coaching staff is a well-tempered, patient bunch, but they're running short of patience with a team that was supposed to do such great things and suddenly is flirting with .500. The Warriors lost for the third time in four games, this time 106-102 to a Phoenix Suns team they owned last year at US Airways Center, and dropped to 13-12 in the process after an 8-3 start. The strain is starting to show. In a rare sight, assistant coach Pete Myers lashed out at the team long and loud during a third-quarter timeout with the Warriors trailing by nine. The tirade seemed to help raise the energy level, but not enough to pull out the game. Coach Mark Jackson then took his turn after witnessing an all-too-familiar script for defeat -- the Warriors falling behind by double digits again, making a valiant rally that fell short, committing 20 turnovers, and suffering too many defensive breakdowns. Jackson believes it's become a question of wanting it for his team and playing with a much greater sense of urgency. "I'm finding that the guys in suits and ties want it more than the guys in uniform," he said tersely. "I don't see anybody in uniform with that same passion (as Myers). Enough is enough at some point. We're going to be fine, but we have to turn this thing around, it's as simple as that. We're watching the same movie every single night. It gets old." "Yeah, it's a horror movie," center Andrew Bogut said. "We haven't had consistent effort for the last 10 games. You can't play 24-minute games and win." Without question, the surprising Suns played with more purpose and grit than Golden State, and even though the Warriors rallied to get with one point in the final five minutes, Phoenix came up with two huge shots -- 3-pointers by Eric Bledsoe and Channing Frye -- for a 102-95 lead. Then the Suns got a clutch defensive stop by P.J. Tucker on Stephen Curry when the Warriors made one last run in the final minute and had a chance to tie or take the lead again.
Tempers flare as Warriors lose to Suns 106-102
Oakland Tribune | Dec 16