The Golden State Warriors are in the final slot of the play-in tournament position, and while they’re comfortably ahead of the 11th place New Orleans Pelicans, they certainly didn’t impress anyone with their meltdown against the Mavericks today.
Not a lot of games separate the guaranteed playoff spot with the sixth seed, which coincidentally belongs to Dallas.
After today’s embarrassing 133-103 loss, the Warriors find themselves with a 31-31 record, while the Mavericks pushed theirs to 34-27.
It was a whooping of epic proportions as well. The score was 62-29 at halftime, and to add insult to injury, Luka Doncic hit a shot with 0.9 left in the second quarter.
Just how bad were the Warriors? Well… they scored 12 points in the first quarter. They didn’t even hit the 20-point mark until there was only 6:31 left in the second quarter. The Mavs went off for a 28-0 run at one point in between the first and second quarters.
Steph Curry scored 12 points in the half, while Andrew Wiggins had seven. No one else that took the floor in that half scored more than three points.
Things didn’t improve in the third quarter, because the Warriors did manage to score 35 but the Mavericks scored 41 to push the lead to 103-64.
Doncic checked out for good before the fourth quarter began, and finished with 39 points, six rebounds, eight assists and two steals while shooting 15 of 23 from the field, 4 of 10 from three, and making all five of his free throws. He had a plus/minus of +29.
Curry got taken off the floor with 1:26 left in the third quarter, and he finished with 27 points on 9 of 18 shooting (5 of 9 from three). He finished with a plus/minus of -27.
It’s a stark reminder that without Klay Thompson, this Warriors team just doesn’t have championship-contending quality.
While Curry’s had a historic April, he’s not enough to carry a team. Andrew Wiggins has done his best, but they need Klay back to sniff the top four seeds, which isn’t even guaranteed because he’s coming back from two serious injuries in a row.
The up-and-down season has been tough for Warriors fans, but this is exactly what they should have expected. Curry is good enough to carry the teams to a lot of wins, but winning two games in the play-in tournament, and then trying to take a series away from the Jazz, is going to be a difficult task.