Golden State Warriors suffer expected loss vs Spurs

Mar 11, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Matt Barnes (22) shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs small forward Davis Bertans (42) and Joel Anthony (30) defend during the second half at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 107-85. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Matt Barnes (22) shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs small forward Davis Bertans (42) and Joel Anthony (30) defend during the second half at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 107-85. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /
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The shorthanded Golden State Warriors lost to the shorthanded San Antonio Spurs and not a person is surprised.

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The NBA schedule makers have had the Golden State Warriors playing in a different city for seemingly the last two weeks. It’s no surprise the team has also suffered their roughest stretch of the season during it. On Saturday night, the Warriors finished the leg of their journey without their stars against the San Antonio Spurs.

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The Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge as well. It was both teams emptying their bench and trying to throw a game together. From the beginning it was clear that this wasn’t going to be a good night for the Warriors.

There just wasn’t enough offense from a patchwork offense for Golden State and Patty Mills was on fire for the Spurs. The starting lineup of Matt Barnes, Kevon Looney, Zaza Pachulia, Shaun Livingston and Patrick McCaw was just one that wasn’t going to deliver any offense.

The five starters combined to score 31 points. That’s just never going to be a winning option for any team. By halftime, the Warriors were down big enough that this game was over and it was just a matter of getting through the second half.

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If there is a lone bright spot from this game, it’s the fact that Ian Clark had 36 points off the bench. He showed that when given the minutes, he can and will be a key contributor for this ball club. When this team is healthy, he will be a nice role player to slot in.

So now, the Warriors are going to get a little bit of time off and a break. There hasn’t been a time where they’ve needed a break now more than ever. They’re just a half-game up on the Spurs for top record in the league and they need a mental reset.