OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors All-Star swingman Klay Thompson referred to as Sunday evening’s 115-111 defeat to the Phoenix Suns the “worst of the season” after which requested for extra power from the Oracle Area followers down the stretch.
“It wasn’t fairly,” Thompson stated after the Warriors mixed to shoot 10-for-43 from past the Three-point arc. “In all probability [our] worst lack of the season, sadly.”
On prime of the poor taking pictures efficiency, Thompson was upset in what he felt was an absence of enthusiasm from an Oracle Area crowd that watched the Warriors quit a 16-point first-half lead after which undergo the motions for a lot of the evening. Like the remainder of his teammates, he is not certain precisely why the main focus hasn’t been there regularly this season, however it’s clear that the dearth of consistency is irritating the group. The Warriors at the moment are 24-10 at residence this season within the remaining yr at Oracle.
“It is a lengthy season,” Thompson stated. “And we have been taking part in a number of basketball for 5 years now, so you are not going to be good for 82 video games — we have had too many missteps — however on the finish of the day, that is the primary time we have misplaced to that group in 19 video games. So it is ugly however … I count on our crowd to be little extra into it, too. Like, I do know it isn’t the playoffs, however it’s our final go-around at Oracle. Least you’ll be able to arise or one thing once we make an excellent play, particularly at first. We’d like that power, particularly this time of the yr. It is exhausting to conjure up power each single evening ‘trigger you are wanting ahead to the playoffs and that run.
Warriors star Kevin Durant suffered a proper ankle contusion halfway by way of the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 115-111 loss to the Suns on Sunday.
Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix factors throughout a key fourth-quarter stretch and completed with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBA’s longest energetic shedding streak to at least one opponent at 18 video games by beating the Golden State Warriors 115-111 on Sunday.
“So we count on our followers to type of carry that from the soar. … It is like us, although. You’ll be able to’t carry it each evening, however nonetheless it helps. … It would not matter if we’re taking part in the Suns or the Bucks, whoever it’s. We’d like that power from them as a result of we feed off that.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was simply as annoyed about his group’s efficiency. He got here into the sport hoping his group would play with extra focus coming off a formidable win Friday evening over the Denver Nuggets, however that wasn’t the case. The loss marked the primary time in 19 video games that the Suns defeated the Warriors. The final Suns victory over the Warriors got here on Nov. 9, 2014. The 18-game streak was the Warriors’ longest streak in opposition to one opponent in group historical past.
“It was the proper consequence,” Kerr stated. “They beat the crap out of us. … We laid an egg.”
The loss culminates a wide range of feelings for the proud Warriors group. On Tuesday, Golden State was blown out by the Boston Celtics by 33 factors at Oracle, marking the worst residence loss within the Kerr period. Kerr and his gamers all talked about following that efficiency up with a greater effort and appeared happy with the tenacity the group confirmed in Friday’s win over the Nuggets. Now, after an sudden loss to the Suns, the Warriors start a tough four-game highway journey Wednesday in opposition to the Houston Rockets.
“I suppose we bought to look again within the mirror once more,” Kerr stated. “Take one other look.”
This was the Suns’ first highway win all season in opposition to a Western Convention group. They had been Zero-19 coming into this sport. The earlier 19 losses had been by a median of 17.9 factors per sport. It was additionally one of many greatest upsets. The Suns closed as a 17-point underdog in opposition to the Warriors, marking the most important upset in an NBA sport since March 6, 2016, when the Lakers upset the Warriors as a 17.5-point underdog. That is the one time prior to now 20 seasons that an underdog of at the least 17 factors has gained.
The Warriors have not gained consecutive video games since profitable 5 straight Feb. 2-12. It is the second time within the Kerr period that the Warriors have gone at the least 10 video games with out profitable consecutive video games.
Regardless of the loss, there stays little concern inside the Warriors’ locker room that the robust occasions will final.
“Let’s not neglect final yr,” Stephen Curry stated with a smile, referring to the tip of the 2018 common season wherein the Warriors handled each accidents and losses down the stretch. “It was approach worse than this. Means worse than this. We have talked in regards to the issues we have to get higher at and simply have not accomplished it.
“It is an uncomfortable feeling, which I believe we like proper now as a result of it isn’t all coasting — it is we’re getting challenged. We’re getting groups’ greatest photographs,” Curry added. “Our weaknesses are fairly obtrusive by way of defensively and the way we have began video games. So we will speak about it and I hold saying it, however we perceive what we have to do to get higher. However I like this case lots higher than final yr.”