The Golden State Warriors ended their 62 game win streak this Sunday night. They have won 62 straight games when leading by 20 points or more. That ended at the hands of Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks at the Chase Center.
One of the Golden State Warriors’ longest active streaks has finally come to an end as they blew a 20 point lead for the first time in years.
Now the second straight home game where the Warriors have held at least a 10-point advantage yet still lost. This is now creating questions for some people regarding The Golden State Warriors’ ability to close games as the playoffs draw nearer.
Golden State led 93-74 with 9:59 remaining before being outscored 33-8 the rest of the way as the Mavericks locked in on both ends of the floor. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry says the team has to “bring an edge” after blowing a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Dallas Mavericks started playing a small switchable lineup to start the fourth quarter. This has been a major weakness for the Warriors’ motion offense. Bertans started as the Mavs five, they were content with switching as many screens — on and off the ball — as possible, which bled the shot clock. This lead the Warriors to settle for inefficient self-created shots.
The Warriors have dropped five of their last seven games and are sorely missing Green’s presence on both ends of the floor. No timetable has been set for Green’s return from his back injury, but his value has never been clearer than it was Sunday.
Without their outspoken leader to guide them through adversity, the Warriors have struggled. It won’t be until Green returns that this team is truly at full strength. Until then, they just have to survive the storm.