Warriors being slapped by cold hand of reality at home

Warriors being slapped by chilly hand of actuality at dwelling initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Bay Space

SAN FRANCISCO – Couldn’t shoot, couldn’t defend, too typically handled the ball as if it had been nugatory. For 16 minutes within the coronary heart of the sport Friday evening, the Warriors had been at their messiest in opposition to the one group they’d by no means overwhelmed at Chase Heart.

And nonetheless haven’t.

They as soon as once more bowed to the Indiana Pacers, who prolonged their good document (5-0) in Golden State’s dwelling constructing by seizing the sport late within the first half and by no means giving it again, pinning a 123-111 loss on the Warriors that leaves their postseason hopes at cliff’s edge.

“Ain’t no person going to really feel sorry for us,” Chris Paul mentioned.

A deep NBA playoff run by the Warriors seems ever extra farcical.

The No. 6 seed within the Western Convention, nonetheless coveted, is fading from out of view.

Even a profitable NBA play-in event, which they’ve by no means needed however now would settle for, appears a stretch for these Warriors, who can be “on the bubble” if there have been a variety committee.

After a February revival that impressed such perception in themselves and religion among the many fan base, March has introduced the backhand of actuality. Golden State is 5-6 this month, has misplaced 5 of its final eight video games and can depart Saturday for a five-game street journey having posted consecutive 1-2 homestands.

“Earlier than you go on an extended street journey, [you have] the chance to guard your private home courtroom,” Stephen Curry mentioned. “We talked about that so many occasions. We did not do it.”

The stumbles at dwelling may be the toughest half to swallow. This season crested on the street final month and collapsed this month on their dwelling ground. The Warriors are 2-4 at Chase this month – with three of the losses to groups both under .500 or severely compromised by harm.

“We’re a greater group on the street this 12 months, for no matter cause,” coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “I don’t assume it issues the place we play. We haven’t been in a position to management our dwelling courtroom, so perhaps we’ll exit on the street and discover some momentum.”

That’s a glass half-full method, to make sure, and one which befits the coach. However this was an evening through which a painful assertion rang out.

The Warriors, in playoff mode, scrambling in the hunt for momentum, took a 10-point lead late within the second quarter and the Pacers completely torched it.

They closed the half with a 12-3 blitz, punctuated by a 33-foot Tyrese Haliburton triple, they usually crushed all hopes for the Warriors with a 19-4 run over a five-minute stretch that yielded a 99-83 lead with 1:18 left within the third quarter.

“Their level guard play was unbelievable,” Kerr mentioned. “Between Haliburton, [Andrew] Nembhard and TJ McConnell, they only pushed the ball down our throats and obtained out in transition. I assumed they had been the extra bodily group as properly.

“After we had that lead, they made the push on the finish of the second and, additionally, initially of the third. It simply didn’t really feel we had been attending to the unfastened balls. They had been out-competing us there for a bit bit. After which we misplaced our poise a bit. We began turning it over. Their physicality and their velocity took us out of rhythm.”

Golden State’s third quarter was amongst its most wretched this season, from the six turnovers to the 30.8-percent capturing from the sphere, together with 23.1 p.c from past the arc. The Warriors misplaced the quarter 36-21, with Pascal Siakam and Haliburton combining for 20 factors.

The Warriors are three video games above .500, 1.5 video games behind the Los Angeles Lakers and solely two in entrance of the Houston Rockets within the Western Convention. This season solely turns into more difficult – largely as a result of they misplaced 4 of their final six dwelling video games.

“That is the maths of it,” Curry mentioned. “However that is going to sting as a result of [we] missed big alternatives to construct true momentum and form of settle ourselves within the standings a bit bit. It simply presents extra problems with how we have to bounce again, whether or not we’re going to be taking part in for one thing in a pair weeks or not.

“Nothing’s assured and I believe we’ve sufficient delight to bounce again. And I believe we would like it dangerous sufficient, and we’ve obtained to go present it.”

There have been many agonizing losses this season, however this was not amongst them.

This was the Warriors, with the standings staring them within the face, failing to measure as much as a group that, till additional discover, owns their constructing.

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