The Golden State Warriors headed into the All-Star break with many impressive wins against elite teams in the league, but also questionable losses to bottom feeders that made us scratch our heads in confusion.
It seems like the most concerning issue this season has been the Warriors’ inconsistency to get up for games against the less than stellar teams in the league. They seem to always play down to the level of their competition and ultimately lose these games when their attempts at late surges fail.
However, when they play elite teams like the Miami Heat, their energy and effort on the court is always at a high level as they take playing these games as a personal challenge.
A scene from the movie The Warriors perfectly encapsulates how the Warriors seem to rise up when they’re called out by elite teams:
Similar to the villain antagonizing the renegade gang, “The Warriors” with the clicking of bottles and whooping to obtain a rise out of them, the elite teams in the league seem to have the same affect on the Golden State Warriors. Playing against elite teams ignites the their energy to push harder and answer the whooping of their opponent. They come out more focused for these type of games as the team still tries to prove that they are a real threat on any given night.
I think the Warriors’ playing efforts will become less of a concern once the playoffs come around because every game will be an occasion to rise up to affordable opponents. The playoffs will force them to be focused with each game and have the instincts to go for the kill when finishing off teams in a series.
The Warriors will “come out and play” as they look to bring a title to the Bay Area.