The Golden State Warriors fought the good fight Wednesday night, but in the end they couldn’t finish their seven-game road trip undefeated as they fell 102-98 to the Brooklyn Nets, ending their win streak at 10 games.
And you know what? Warriors fans are completely devastated, as they should be. Because if you can’t finish strong at the finish line, what’s the point?
Consider this: last season the eventual champion Miami Heat won 27 games in a row. Even though Golden State may have bested Miami in their matchup last week, if they can’t win more than a mere 10 games in a row, what chance do they have of beating the Heat in a seven-game series? Think about it. All in all, you have to figure Golden State comes out of this whole thing worse off than before.
Andre Iguodala hits a game-winner in Atlanta? Pretty good, I guess. David Lee is named Western Conference Player of the Week? Meh, call me when you make an All-NBA team. Stephen Curry puts up 34 points with seven assists, five rebounds and a couple steals on the back end of a back-to-back? They still lost the game, amirite?
It is of paramount importance that the Dubs look to Friday night’s home game against the Celtics as a rebound opportunity to get back to their winning ways. Otherwise who knows what could happen? A loss here, a loss there…next thing you know you’re sitting there in April with 48 wins and you don’t make the playoffs. IT HAPPENS FOLKS!
It’s a slippery slope in the NBA is all I’m saying. We’ll have to wait and see how the Warriors respond from an emotional standpoint, but they’re well aware this is a “what have you done for me lately” business. I just hope the fans don’t give them too much grief when they return to Oracle Arena on Friday.
Although the loss to the Nets was a heartbreaking defeat that could possibly come back to haunt them at season’s end, the Dubs deserve a little hometown love after a long, hard road trip. So do them a favor and suppress the urge to take out your frustrations through sarcastic cheering and halfhearted enthusiasm on Friday. They’re trying their best out there, guys.