OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors All-Star swingman Klay Thompson referred to as Sunday night time’s 115-111 defeat to the Phoenix Suns the “worst of the season,” after which requested for extra vitality from the Oracle Area followers down the stretch.
“It wasn’t fairly,” Thompson stated after the Warriors mixed to shoot simply 10-for-43 from past the Three-point arc. “Most likely [our] worst lack of the season, sadly.”
On high of the poor capturing efficiency, Thompson was disillusioned in what he felt was an absence of enthusiasm from an Oracle Area crowd that watched the Warriors surrender a 16-point first-half lead after which undergo the motions for a lot of the night time. Like the remainder of his teammates, he is not positive precisely what the main focus hasn’t been there frequently this season, nevertheless 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 closing yr at Oracle.
“It is a lengthy season,” Thompson stated. “And we have been taking part in plenty 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 crew in 19 video games. So it is ugly however … I anticipate our crowd to be little extra into it, too. Like, I do know it is not the playoffs, however it’s our final go-around at Oracle. Least you’ll be able to arise or one thing after we make a superb play, particularly at first. We want that vitality, particularly this time of the yr. It is arduous to conjure up vitality each single night time ‘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 dropping streak to at least one opponent at 18 video games by beating the Golden State Warriors 115-111 on Sunday.
“So we anticipate our followers to type of deliver that from the leap. … It is like us, although. You may’t deliver it each night time, however nonetheless it helps. … It would not matter if we’re taking part in the Suns or the Bucks, whoever it’s. We want that vitality from them as a result of we feed off that.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was simply as pissed off about his crew’s efficiency. He got here into the sport hoping his group would play with extra focus coming off a formidable win on Friday night time over the Denver Nuggets, however that wasn’t the case. The loss marked the primary time in 19 video games 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 towards one opponent in crew historical past.
“It was the appropriate consequence,” Kerr stated. “They beat the crap out of us. … We laid an egg.”
The loss culminates quite a lot of feelings for the proud Warriors group. On Tuesday, they had been 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 troublesome four-game highway journey on Wednesday towards the Houston Rockets.
“I suppose we acquired to look again within the mirror once more,” Kerr stated. “Take one other look.”
This was the Suns’ first highway win all season towards a Western Convention crew. They had been Zero-19 coming into this recreation. The earlier 19 losses had been by a mean of 17.9 factors per recreation. It was additionally one of many largest upsets. The Suns closed as a 17-point underdog towards Warriors, marking the most important upset in an NBA recreation since March 6, 2016, when the Lakers upset the Warriors as a 17.5-point underdog. That is the one time previously 20 seasons that an underdog of at the very least 17 factors has received.
In keeping with Elias Sports activities Bureau analysis, the Warriors have not received 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 very 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 instances will final.
“Let’s not neglect final yr,” Warriors star Stephen Curry stated with a smile, referring to the tip of the 2018 common season during which the Warriors handled each accidents and losses down the stretch. “It was manner worse than this. Approach worse than this. We have talked concerning the issues we have to get higher at and simply have not accomplished it.
“It is an uncomfortable feeling, which I feel we like proper now as a result of it is not all coasting — it is we’re getting challenged. We’re getting groups’ finest pictures,” Curry stated. “Our weaknesses are fairly obvious when it comes to defensively and the way we have began video games. So we are able to speak about it and I hold saying it, however we perceive what we have to do to get higher. However I like this example loads higher than final yr.”