The theme from last night’s postgame press conference was that the Golden State Warriors were especially disappointed they couldn’t knock off the Memphis Grizzlies at Chase Center. Perhaps that’s because they had already put a beating on the Grizz earlier this season in Tennessee, or because the Warriors finally had enough healthy bodies to resemble a legit NBA team.
Kind of a wild stat that would have seemed unfathomable in recent years: The @warriors are favored on Monday (-3 vs. Memphis) after 20 straight games as an underdog.— Rachel Marcus (@rachelnmarcus) December 9, 2019
The last game they were favored was Oct. 30 vs. the Suns.
It was their longest such streak since 2012.
Damion Lee is probable for tomorrow’s game against the Grizzlies. The Warriors, who had just eight available players recently, should have 13 tomorrow.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) December 9, 2019
The Warriors’ 110-102 loss came despite leader Draymond Green’s 16 points, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. Coming into last night’s game, the Warriors were 8-1 all-time when Green tallied those numbers. His frustration after the game was explicitly palpable.
You could tell the Warriors few vets were pissed about this loss. One of the rare nights they should’ve and could’ve won if they played even decently. Draymond Green: “We fucked around with the game. We’re not good enough to do that.” pic.twitter.com/x3FNbz0zWT— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 10, 2019
Green’s ominous reflection reminded me of Warriors teams of yesteryear, so bored by their own dominance that they would have extended lulls of lethargic play before flipping the switch and turning their opponents to ash.
Those days are gone, and won’t return until the Splash Bros are back. Now, Golden State is lurching through a predictable yet painful learning process that will teach the young guns to respect the game, and test Green’s patience.
So, uh, who was your Warrior Wonder in the loss to the Memphis Grizzlies?
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