It’s safe to say that neither the players nor the coaches were satisfied after the Golden State Warriors fell 106-102 to the Phoenix Suns in a game that had an all-too familiar theme to it.
Like several of their previous losses, the Warriors opened up with a flat and lackadaisical first half, and needed a spirited second-half comeback to put themselves in a chance to win, only to fall just short in the end. It happened at Charlotte. It happened at home against the Rockets on Friday. And it happened on Sunday.
Heck, even a few games that they’ve won recently followed the same pattern: a remarkable 27-point comeback against the Raptors and an 18-point rally to defeat the Mavericks.
Head coach Mark Jackson has seen more than enough of it.
“I’m finding that the guys in suits and ties want it more than the guys in uniform,” he said, via Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News. “I don’t see anybody in uniform with that same passion. Enough is enough at some point. We’re going to be fine, but we have to turn this thing around, it’s as simple as that. We’re watching the same movie every single night. It gets old.”
On Sunday, it did seem like the suits had more energy than the sleeves. During a timeout in the third quarter, assistant coach Pete Myers gave the team a good tongue-lashing. It helped somewhat, as the Warriors turned a nine-point deficit down to just one.
But the Suns were able to hang on, and Jackson is left searching for answers.
“We’re going to be awfully good when we get the fact that we have to do it all game long,” said Jackson. “But you come into a good team’s gym….and pick and choose your spots, it ain’t gonna cut it.”