Why did the Warriors just lose to the Spurs at home? Lets take a look – The Athletic

Why did the Warriors just lose to the Spurs at home? Lets take a look – The Athletic
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The
Warriors produced a Saturday night oddity. It’s not often you see an
NBA team give up 13 fourth-quarter points and still lose. The
Spurs, through 10 fourth-quarter minutes, actually had four points. But they needed only those extra nine in the last two minutes to slip past the Warriors, who raced back from 22 down, went up briefly but faded when it mattered most, watching their 11-game home win streak disappear. Final score: 112-107.

Where does the blame for this fourth Warriors loss fall? The first quarter. Steve Kerr called it a trap game. Tim Kawakami predicted the loss. The Spurs came in hot. The game tipped off 19 hours after the Warriors had finished a big win over the Suns, sending them out into an enjoyable Friday night in San Francisco.

You could tell early. Let’s take a peek at two particular first-quarter possessions that give you a clear indication of how slow it took their engine to rev up against the Spurs.

The first clip comes six minutes into the game. The Warriors are down 20-9 already. Andrew Wiggins is methodically dribbling into an unenthusiastic post up, while Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Jordan Poole stagnate on the other side of the floor.