Some nights the Warriors look like the one of the best teams in the NBA, and other nights they look positively mediocre. It was the latter on Tuesday, as the Warriors fell 88-85 to the Washington Wizards.
The Wizards (22-22), were able to do it behind solid play from franchise players Bradley Beale and John Wall, who combined to score 14 of Washington’s 22 points in the fourth quarter. Golden State (27-19) was sloppy on all accounts, with its starters shooting only 32% on the night, and often looking out of sync with a slew of turnovers, contested shots, and overall lack of energy and focus, especially on the offensive end.
Halfway through the second quarter, the Warriors were in a rare position where their bench had extended a lead and given some breathing room to the starting unit. Unfortunately for the Warriors, it just didn’t seem like anybody but Stephen Curry could get anything going offensively, with Klay Thompson cold from the outside and David Lee having trouble holding onto the ball against stingy defense from Marcin Gortat.
The Wizards were able to take advantage of some momentum heading into the half, and jumped out to 14-2 run to start the third quarter. At times it seemed like the Warriors were in position to make a run and put Washington away, but were never able to get the job due to back-breaking offensive rebounds and turnovers in key possessions.
“Just a bad night, a disappointing loss for us,” said Warriors’ coach Mark Jackson. “We missed shots and still should have won the ballgame, not taking care of the basketball, not taking care of possessions, we did not play at a championship level intensity, and that’s the disappointing part; we played at their level, to be quite honest.”
Inconsistency has plagued the Warriors this season, as Steph Curry lamented post-game. “Defensively tonight we were alright, we just turned the ball over and weren’t crisp on the offensive end. It seems like itâs something different every night.”
With success comes expectations, and with it a target on your back.
“Teams are not coming in here sleeping on us anymore,” said Warriors’ forward Andre Iguodala.
The Warriors have lost five of their last six, and look to turn it around against division rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers, on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.