Warriors reaped what they sowed in self-sabotaging loss to Timberwolves

The Warriors, for the umpteenth time this season, have no person accountable however themselves. 

Golden State’s 119-114 additional time loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at Goal Heart was one other Warriors masterclass in self-sabotage. 

Up 96-82 with 11:12 remaining within the fourth quarter, Golden State’s late collapse in regulation was the appetizer to what ended up being a mistake-riddled feast for Minnesota. 

If the Warriors’ irritating collapse already wasn’t an ominous signal that hassle persists, coach Steve Kerr was the one one to talk after the sport. It stays to be seen why gamers have been unavailable to the media, however hypothesis will lead you to imagine {that a} attainable workforce assembly might need been known as. 

Though Kerr was the lone speaker, his feedback carried the burden of the complete workforce. 

“I assumed we had management of the sport after which I assumed we simply form of gift-wrapped it,” Kerr instructed reporters postgame. “And to not take something away from Minnesota, I assumed they have been nice. They took benefit of our errors and lack of execution. [D’Angelo Russell] acquired sizzling and guys made huge pictures, however we missed box-outs, we threw the ball away, we took actually troublesome pictures.

“So every part we had executed to that time to have management of the sport, we stopped doing. We acquired what we deserved.”

Of the Warriors’ 25 losses this season, eight have been determined by 5 factors or fewer. In additional time, Golden State is 1-3 and could be winless if not for a razor-thin 143-141 double-overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 2. 


For a workforce that has blown numerous fourth-quarter leads this season, Wednesday night time was an all too acquainted feeling for the Warriors. Kerr’s reasoning as to why this retains occurring is easy. 

“Execution. I do know it is only a catchphrase, no matter you wish to name it, but it surely’s the reality, it’s a must to execute,” Kerr defined. “These are the very best gamers on the planet, even with their guys out. If you wish to hand a workforce a number of possessions, then they have guys who’re going to take benefit. D-Lo hits like three 3s after we throw the ball away a number of instances and the entire recreation modifications.

“If you wish to win, particularly on the highway, it’s a must to execute and we have misplaced most likely 5, six video games like this on the highway this yr due to the shortage of execution. We’re not ok to win with out executing, we’d have been a number of years in the past. We’re not ok now to win with out executing within the fourth quarter on the highway. We’re making an attempt to right that, we’re making an attempt to work on that and we gotta do higher.”

The Warriors acquired sloppy towards the tip of the fourth quarter and all through additional time. Within the last 5 minutes of regulation plus the five-minute additional time interval, the Warriors dedicated seven pricey turnovers. Sloppy play oftentimes is a symptom of a bigger in-game situation, however Wednesday night time, the Warriors could not blame their collapse on fatigue. 

“The sport went additional time. Steph and Klay acquired to 42 and 40 minutes, so you are taking the additional time away they usually’re proper of their regular vary,” Kerr stated. “We had yesterday off, so I did not assume fatigue was an element. Simply mentally we weren’t sharp. We gave a bunch of possessions away.”

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After rattling off three straight wins, the Warriors appeared to be turning a nook and started their dash towards one of many Western Convention’s prime seeds. 

Sadly for Golden State, proper round that nook was a brick wall. 

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