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The Warriors’ win against the Bucks said all you need to know about their approach to the regular season

After being embarrassed by the Bucks in November, the Warriors showed them about what they’re about in their next meeting: the regular season is meaningless until you give them a reason to care.

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The Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on November 8 — almost exactly a month ago now — was probably not the worst loss of the season, but it might have been the most resounding.

After the Bucks’ impressive 134-111 win — in the 11th game of their 82-game season — they garnered high praise as the best team in the NBA after a pretty hot start to their season and a convincing road win over the reigning champion. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green’s infamous argument happened the following Monday, which had some people making absurd statements about the end of the Warriors’ dynasty.

Tough times.

It was all — on both ends — exaggerated, hyperbolic, and mostly unreasonable hype with less than a quarter of the season gone by. And the Warriors reminded us why it was so silly with their 105-95 win over the Bucks in Milwaukee on Friday night.

The Warriors don’t take being embarrassed lightly...even during the regular season

The Warriors were admittedly embarrassed by the November loss to the Bucks as Klay Thompson described after the game.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr echoed that sentiment in his post-game remarks to media, as described by Ben Spratt of The Sporting News.

Coach Kerr believes the Warriors played “10 times harder” than in that prior defeat and had a similar explanation to Thompson for the champions’ improvement.

”They beat us by about 50 and we were embarrassed,” he said. “Our guys are competitive.”

Let’s be honest with ourselves: this team is bored with the regular season. Pride has proven to be their best motivator over the last couple of seasons. Feeling that they got smacked by 50 is about as good a motivator as they’ve gotten since an opposing superstar wanted to dance on their graves after scoring a victory.

These two games ultimately mean nothing for either team

In the first game, the Warriors were without Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston. In the second game, the Warriors were without Green and, for whatever it’s worth, Damian Jones. DeMarcus Cousins didn’t play in either game, but is on the path to full recovery and will almost certainly be available for the playoffs barring unforeseen circumstances.

All this talk about taking something from this given what we know about this team that is aiming for their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance is just sort of ridiculous when you know the teams likely won’t even have the same personnel on the floor in June.

Andre Iguodala was pretty diplomatic in his response to that talk.

It’s just December

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was a little more blunt, reminding us that it’s just December, as reported in an article by Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr proclaimed it to be foolish to use this early December game as a barometer for what might happen in June.

“You know what happens if we lose tonight? Nothing,” Kerr said beforehand. “We fall another game back in the standings.”

Thankfully, even the Bucks realize that this wasn’t much of a big deal as well.

The Warriors showed last year that once they make the playoffs, the seeding doesn’t mean very much — there is a switch they can flip and it stays active. And there’s no question they have enough talent to take a game off here and there and still make the playoffs. They took a game off in November against the Bucks, the Bucks were able to take advantage, and they got smacked. Reading anything more into these games really is just silliness from people trying to drum up controversy around this team that doesn’t exist right now.