Inconsistency would be the main word to describe the Warriors, who are now only a few games ahead of the eight-seeded Rockets.
The Warriors were handed yet another loss tonight, and in their last 12 games, they are 3-9. This is one of the worst records right now in the NBA, and the Warriors are going to need to fix this. Tonight, the Celtics bested the Warriors to pull it out 94-86.
In the first half of this game, nothing else but the Celtics, having a hot offensive start, would happen. This has been the case for every Warrior game this season, and their defense really needs an adjustment. They’re not playing too well without Bogut, who is once again out with a back injury. The Warriors, despite a huge defensive problem, were outscored by just nine, at the end of the quarter 30-21.
In the second quarter, the Warriors were able to pick up the offensive, and were soon down only 36-28. Thanks to some great offense by Harrison Barnes and Stephen Curry (free throws), the Warriors were able to get back into the game by the break. The score was 50-46.
At the start of the third quarter, the Warriors knew they needed to have a huge second half to beat the Celtics on the road, but fatigue set in. After scoring six straight points to get back into the game, taking the lead, the Celtics immediately went on an 11-2 run, and were up 69-60. From that point on, the pace was pretty much the same: back and forth. At some times, it seemed as if the Celtics “refused” to miss any shots, and the Warriors’ defense showed some huge holes.
The fourth quarter was the same story, and a final attempt of a comeback late in the game was easily put to rest by the Celtics. They held out for the 94-86 victory. Stephen Curry scored 25, and Klay Thompson finally had a decent game with 15.
The Warriors’ next game is in Philadelphia, but with the way that they’re playing defense, it’s not likely that they’ll be able to get an easy win.