In the end of this ballgame, it was a matter of who wanted it more. Apparently, that was the Phoenix Suns. Tonight, the Golden State Warriors played an excellent all around game, but their “comeback” game, just didn’t work. They build an early deficit, cut it to one and even tied it briefly, and then they were overpowered in the end with careless turnovers and sloppy possessions in a 106-102 loss.
The Warriors are a great team with endless talent, but until they can get Andre Iguodala back in the uniform, they are not a championship team. Their play in the past couple of weeks has made that fairly clear. In an ever-so-competitive Western Conference, the Warriors are going to find themselves in an absolute dog-match the whole season with the last five seeds fighting for playoff positioning. Yikes.
In the first quarter of this game, the Warriors and Suns both started hot, but the Suns of course got the best of the Warriors, winning the quarter 33-27. Eric Bledsoe was having a great quarter, and eventually he finished with 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. He has come along nicely as a Sun.
Starting the second, the Warriors knew they had work to do to get the the deficit down more. What they did instead, however, is even the quarter at 26-26, setting up the usual comeback that they had planned for the second half. Although there were some nice highlights, the Dubs trailed Phoenix 59-53 entering the third quarter.
In the second half, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry made up for a rocky start, and started connecting on some jumpshots. The Warriors even rallied to knot the game up at 80. A couple of Suns baskets early in the 4th quarter, however, and the Warriors were down by 6. They got it to 1 a couple of times, but didn’t have enough in the tank to step on the gas pedal.
They fell to the Suns 106-102. In this stretch, the Warriors are supposed to be capitalizing, as they have a not-so-difficult schedule ahead of them in these next couple of days. Instead, they sit outside of the top eight in the Western Conference, one game over .500 at 13-12.