OAKLAND — The Warriors have suffered bad losses before this season. David Lee mentioned the one against Washington, the one to Charlotte a week later at home.
But this one was very much unexpected after the Warriors had entered the contest having won 10 of 13 after the All-Star break and shook up the team enough to where individual meetings were held.
Stephen Curry was at the center of it after a fine night for himself, and held others around him accountable in support of what Mark Jackson had told the team. Defensive collapses like this one would not be tolerated.
“We’ve had a couple of these at home, and with 15 games left in the season, you want to make sure everybody’s still on the same page when it comes to how we’re going to win games going forward,” Curry said.
Cleveland shot 48.8 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from beyond the arc as time and time again, they made shots to hang onto to the lead as the Warriors struggled to make stops.
Andre Iguodala played 31 minutes while battling knee tendinitis. Andrew Bogut was limited by foul trouble and picked up a technical right after the Warriors’ lead was erased. Stephen Curry, playing limited minutes, ended up trudging off the court on his birthday and using the postgame locker room as a place to hold court with his teammates.
Former Warriors guard Jarrett Jack paid a visit to the locker room afterward once it was nearly empty, and it served as a reminder of the kind of fire that the team was missing.
“We just didn’t get after it like we normally do,” Jackson said.
“We didn’t have any life.”