After finding themselves just two points down early in the fourth-quarter, the Golden State Warriors provided a tame ending to Saturday’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.
A 21-3 fourth-quarter Grizzlies run succumbed the Warriors to their 11th straight road loss, with the home side having plenty to say as they tied the season series 2-2. But in a continuing trend at times this season, and despite their inability to provide a statement on the floor, some Warriors weren’t about to leave without firing back.
The Golden State Warriors’ championship confidence is bordering on arrogance as they battle to simply make the playoffs in the Western Conference.
With the game in its final seconds, Klay Thompson was seen staring at the Grizzlies bench and counting out his four championships. The 33-year-old has history with Memphis over the last two seasons, but he was far from his best on Saturday in scoring an inefficient 14 points and recording a game-low -30 in plus-minus.
In some moments using past history is an advantageous tool to quieten opponents, but when you’re a defending champion that’s in danger of missing the postseason entirely, it’s probably not the best time. This isn’t the first time Thompson has let the opposition know of his four rings, and it always seems to come when he can no longer impact the result of the game at present.
The Warriors’ attitude has remain steadfast throughout their entire underwhelming season — that they’ll stand up and be dangerous once the whips starting cracking in the postseason. But to think they can meander through the regular season and simply flip a switch — that’s bordering on arrogance at this point.
A couple of weeks Draymond Green, in response to a fiery Dillon Brooks, claimed that games in March meant practically nothing. Well, right now, games in March are meaning absolutely everything for the battling Warriors.
Golden State deserve to hold some confidence given what they’ve done in their past, but the facts are that it’s becoming more irrational with every loss they tally up. At some point it needs to be less about the past, and more about the present and future.