Uh oh! The Warriors have lost 4 straight, they’re doing terrible! I, as an insecure fan must now panic! Okay, so the Warriors are losing as of late. They’ve been on the road a lot lately, and have in fact played the second most road games this year. Most of the time, road games are mental, other team’s fans get to you, and the experience is unpleasant.
Stephen Curry and his Slumping Warriors now have a losing road record, which was different towards the midpoint of the season. Now, however, the Warriors are entering a 7 game homestand against the Toronto Raptors, who have also been inconsistent this season. Is it good that the Warriors lost all those games? Not necessarily, but trust me, fans should be far from panicking.
Ask yourself this: which games are easier to win? Road games or home games? Well, when put like that it’s obviously home games because the Warriors arguably have the best fans in the NBA. A relatively easy schedule for the Warriors almost seems like a wave that the Warriors can ride straight into the post season, but in the NBA, there’s no such thing as a guaranteed win. When the Cavaliers had their worst season after being “LeBroned”, they encountered a 26 game losing streak. One faithful night, they played the Clippers, who I’m sure were overconfident. They beat them in OT.
So if you’re thinking that the Warriors will win a game against a team like the Bobcats, just remember that they’ve already lost twice to the Orlando Magic, one of the worst teams in the NBA. They’ve also lost to the Kings, another bad team.
if the Warriors win tonight against the Toronto Raptors, not only will be a confidence booster, it’ll set up the Warriors momentum for the rest of this homestand. If they win 5 out of these 7 games, they’ll be in good shape, and likely scaring off any threats of dropping to the 9th seed, where the Lakers (30-30) currently stand.
After that home stand, they go on the road for 3 games to face the Rockets, the Hornets, and the Spurs. If they win one of those games, they’ll still be in good shape. I think most know who that one is. After that, they’re ready to play the rest of their games in the month on the home floor, where they’ll have 4 in a row, plus one in April.
The Warriors have about a 70% chance of getting to the post-season for the first time since 2007, but they’re going to have to capitalize on these homestand games. Once again, a team can come in a beat another team on their home floor, even if they’re bad. This is the NBA, and anything can happen. With the Warriors playing defense the way that they are, I don’t see them capitalizing: they just need a game like this one against the Raptors to really get that spirit lift they’ve been craving.