After defeating the Phoenix Suns, the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns, the Warriors were feeling pretty confident about themselves.
However, it’s safe to say they aren’t as confident after traveling to Indiana to face the Pacers.
The Pacers took down the turnover-prone Warriors 108-97, snapping Golden State’s three-game winning streak and taking them farther away from the sixth seed. Golden State is now 2.5 games behind Denver for the fifth seed in the West, while the Pacers are now in second in the East with a stellar 36-21 mark. Indiana has won 32 of its last 46 games.
Stephen Curry stepped up big-time, nailing seven triples and dropping 38 points. However, the Pacers had three players score over 20 points, and Paul George grabbed 11 boards while dropping 21. David West led the Pacers, which tallied 22 assists while turning the ball over 12 times, with 28 points. Indiana shot 48.8 percent from the floor and made eight more shots than the Warriors, which contributed to Golden State’s loss.
Golden State turned the ball 20 times, and they were incredibly sloppy in the loss. Before squaring off with the Pacers, the Warriors were on a roll, as Jarrett Jack powered them to two key victories with 30 points and 10 assists against the Spurs and 23 points against the Timberwolves. However, the Pacers put a stop to Golden State’s momentum, and that’s not good for the Warriors.
Why? Because the Warriors are 3-7 in their last 10 games and have not done well when the momentum isn’t on their side.
The Warriors are still two games ahead of the Utah Jazz for the seventh seed, and they are also 5.5 games ahead of the ninth-seeded Lakers. However, the Warriors will need to rack up some wins against the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. Golden State was sloppy against Indiana, and while the Pacers deserve credit for holding the Warriors to 43.4 percent shooting and handily defeating the Warriors, Golden State cost themselves again.
And if this keeps happening, it’s going to lead to trouble in the playoffs.