Recap: Game 5 - Warriors 115, Mavs 120 - An Inspiring Loss.

Okay okay okay.... Before you hang your head too low, let's acknowledge a few things about tonight.

1) We looked electric tonight. There was passion and heart bleeding from so many of our players that I won't even bother listing them in this intro.
2) Missing a key element like Jax affects both our offense and defense. And we still had the Mavs doubting themselves the entire game.
3) A powerhouse is budding on the Warriors. Right before our eyes. We are witnessing the year of Kabuki. (insert Nike symbol here.)

But the fact remains that we are 0 and 5. There's no point hiding it. There's no point denying it. It's a statistical fact that the majority of teams, good or bad, hit slumps.

We're just getting ours out of the way at the start of the season.

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A brief moment of tension between Harris and Barnes where they... um... kind of looked like they wanted to kiss... Oh C'MON! I'm the only one who sees it?! Look at it!!

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Box Score

Maybe I should be feeling more disappointed than I am right now, but I'm not. I really think that tonight we almost saw the same brand of Warriors basketball that we saw last year. We were running. We were gunning. We were dunking. We were shooting. Our bench didn't flow as deep as the Dallas but our starters were more than picking up the slack. Mark my words if we somehow stole this game from the Mavs tonight, Cuban would stood up and called off the rest of the games we have scheduled against each other this season.

With the level that we played tonight, I bet we're happier with our loss than Mavs fans are with their win. They didn't want it to be that close! That, my friends was one aspect of the game I really enjoyed.

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Watching Mark Cuban squirm in his seat? Priceless.

Okay, I better stop myself before I make it sound like I'm writing on a win here. I'm really not that thrilled. To be frank, we lost for two specific reasons.

Reason #1: Free.
Reason #2: Throws.

Seriously. You have got to be kidding me. Tonight, the team that has the most 3-point attempts in the NBA last year (or in other words, consider themselves to be shooters) went an absolutely abysmal 16 for 30 from the charity stripe. That's a petty 53.3% from the line. It didn't even look like they were focusing up there! Take some time with your shot! Realize the importance of what you are doing!! Do something about this!! WE BEG YOU!

In a game that the Warriors lost by 5 (2 of them being useless free throws at the end), the Warriors missed 14 open looks from the free throw line. We only needed to shoot at about 70% (arguably average) from the line to get the win. It was painful to watch. It really was. No team that shoots that way from the line will ever be premiere. Getting sent to the line is part of this game. You best to have a way to fight back when it happens. And that's all I'll say about that.

As we sit in the wake of our opening slump, let us bow our heads and give thanks for the following:

1) Baron Davis. I'm pretty sure that you're not even human. And I mean that in a good way. A ridiculous 37 points, 5 boards, 5 dimes, 1 jack and giant heart makes you a BEAST. You are why I watch this game.
2) Kabuki. Everyone is comparing you to J-Rich. Your strength. Your quickness. Your dunks. And NICE work on the glass! You keep this up, and they'll soon be comparing J-Rich to you. I miss the man, but I missed him less tonight. Now go shoot 100 free throws before you hit the lockers.
3) TMNT. Clutch baby. Clutch. All the right scores at all the right times. That was some serious turtle power out there.

We have until Wednesday to think about what went right for us and what went wrong for us. But keep your head up Warrior Nation. There was something out there bigger than this loss tonight. We were in danger of actually looking like a team.

Now go shoot 100 free throws before you close your browser. (What's good for the players is good for the fans.)

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How can I not give this to Baron? Did anyone notice that he played the last 8 minutes of the game with 5 fouls and STILL didn't miss a beat? Still, a huge nod to Kabuki for his all around performance tonight but overall, Baron was the beast of the evening.

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"BARON HUNGRY!!!"

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)


Update (Atma Brother #1): Here's some video highlights of the great game over at ESPN.com.

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