After a game, the coach typically will go into the locker room and talk to his players about what just transpired. Sometimes, it can be a quick chat and a “let’s go team,” but other times, it can be a brutal tirade.
Mark Jackson probably leaned more towards the latter after the Warriors fell flat in a 103-94 loss to the Cavaliers at home on Friday night, quite possibly the worst home loss this season. Jackson took a long time in the locker room talking to his players, as several media members noted that it was at least 30 minutes before he came out and spoke to the press.
Stephen Curry told Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News that many players chimed in.
“Yeah, a lot of voices,” Curry said. “And you can tell people care. At this point you could kind of think, this is obviously a bad loss but we’re still in decent shape in the race. But we want more, we want to be better.”
They can, and should be better. Elite teams don’t blow 18-point leads. Elite teams don’t struggle against much inferior opponents. Elite teams play with consistency. Win or lose, they play hard and find themselves with a chance to win every game. Now, no team can expect to win every game, but elite teams play their style and put up a fight for 48 minutes.
On Friday night, the Warriors played hard for about the first 12 minutes, then decided to take a nap. That’s just not going to cut it if they want to be considered “elite.”
Iguodala’s Defense Gains National Attention
Andre Iguodala was the focus of an article by Chris Ballard of SI.com, where his defensive ability was lauded. It spoke about how Iguodala has been sacrificing shot attempts this season and deferring to teammates, such as Klay Thompson.
Here’s a funny quote from the piece:
It’s really hard for guys like Klay [Thompson, the Warriors' third-year shooting guard]. It’d be hard for me to say, ‘Klay, don’t go out there and try to get your money.’ There have been many times I’ve been wide open and I pass it, because I say, ‘This young guy’s gotta eat! Klay, get your money!’ You gotta take care of each other.
It’s worth a read, if you have 10 minutes or so, and you can really learn about just how effective Iguodala is on defense.
Thompson Snaps Streak
Klay Thompson did not play in Friday night’s game because he was in the Bahamas for his grandfather’s funeral. He should be back by Sunday before the Trail Blazers game.
Thompson had played in 214 consecutive regular season games, and in fact, had never missed a game in his career. But family comes first, especially the loss of a loved one.
Our condolences to Klay and may his grandfather, Dewitt, who passed away at 94, rest in peace.
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