OAKLAND — Warriors fans became a topic of discussion after the team’s 88-85 loss to the .500 Washington Wizards.
Andrew Bogut said it appeared as if the Warriors at times expect their raucous crowd to go out and win a game for them rather than the players holding up their end.
Coach Mark Jackson praised the Oracle atmosphere as well, noting that opposing teams get motivated to play in front of that hostile environment.
“The teams that we’re facing — the Washington Wizards — at home, they’re not playing in front of 20,000 people,” Jackson said. “When teams come into this building, they’re playing in front of 20,000 people going crazy, supportive. There’s bright lights, and they’re ready to play. And when you give teams life, you’re going to have to deal with them.”
Said Andre Iguodala: “Teams coming in here, they’re not sleeping on us anymore.”
The Warriors have repaid their home crowds with an underwhelming 13-8 record, which is the worst among the Western Conference’s top eight teams.
Fans too often have quietly walked out of “Roaracle” after Warriors lost games they should have won, and that’s a trend Jackson would like to stop.
It’s just that right now, they’re playing Whac-A-Mole when it comes to putting together a complete game. Golden State just in the past week has given up 121 points to Minnesota and lost. They started focusing on defense and still lost while limiting Washington to 88 points. If it’s not the bench struggle to provide support, it’s the starters all of a sudden getting into an offensive funk.
Intensity was one issue Jackson spoke of even though the crowd brings it every night. Iguodala conceded that it gets inconsistent in stretches.
“We made a point to make it known that just because we’re at home, we’re not just going to win games automatically,” Stephen Curry said. “Obviously we didn’t learn that lesson quick enough.”