Well, that was a fun way to start off the weekend.
The Golden State Warriors just followed up their 27-point comeback at home against the Toronto Raptors with a horrendous 105-83 loss to the Houston Rockets. How horrendous you ask? Try 27 percent from the field in the first half horrendous, which resulted in 37 points to the Rockets’ 61 at the break. Only one player posting a positive effect on the game horrendous (Maureese Speights, posting a whopping +1 in 21 minutes off the bench).
The second half was relatively even with Golden State actually outscoring Houston 46-44, but when you only put up 12 points in the opening quarter to the home team’s 31, it generally doesn’t matter what happens in the second half. So if you’re reading this in an effort to catch up on the game, just know that you’re better off in life if you didn’t have to sit through that painful display of Warriors basketball. I won’t bother you with details because honestly I don’t want to spend a single second of my life reliving that game. Here’s the box score if you’re interested.
By the second quarter I was browsing YouTube to make me feel better. I thought I found a good clip to brighten my spirit and look on the proverbial bright side:
Great advice, Ray Liotta! Things are never as bad as they seem, right guys? Just the message I needed as the second half got underway. Even though the Warriors were likely going to lose, at least I could start getting over it before the game ended so I could prepare myself emotionally for Saturday night’s game against the Grizzlies. After all, it’s just one game.
And then once I started watching the game again it was the equivalent of Ray Liotta leaving that bank and immediately getting hit by a car.
Not only that, the movie I chose to cheer me up is a actually a total downer! That clip is from the 2001 film Blow if you didn’t already know and while it’s moderately entertaining, ultimately you’re left feeling pretty sad after hearing the story of “Boston George” Jung, who built a veritable empire in the illegal drug trade during the ’70s and ’80s and proceeded to lose everything and end up in jail.
Not exactly uplifting. While this is likely just an off-night for Golden State, I’m still sitting here concerned that they’re going to lose everything and end up in jail — metaphorically, obviously. There’s not a lot of room for error this season, so an extended losing stretch isn’t going to bode well for any team’s playoff chances.
In today’s NBA, you have to be looking over both shoulders while somehow staying focused on the goal ahead of you and avoiding any pit falls along the way, much like George Jung had to during his heyday 30 years ago. We know how it worked out for Boston George. Can the Golden State Warriors right the ship before it’s too late?