Admittedly, many probably figured the game would entail this type of scenario: the Warriors would have a couple of runs early and then put the Pelicans away after halftime. In reality, the game was already out of reach by intermission. 26-19 after the 1st quarter and 57-39 at halftime. Sure the Pelicans would go on to cut the deficit to 12 in the 4th quarter, but there was never any danger of them completely falling apart. Mark Jackson simply had to insert his starters back in for a few more minutes.
Tonight, for whatever reason, our guys didn't bring much fight. Some more than others. Not offensively. Not defensively. And not on the glass. For instance, Al-Farouq Aminu got off to a fast start by picking up 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in the first 8:30 of the game. After that, he was largely quiet. Jason Smith had a small spurt in the middle of the 2nd quarter, but relatively nothing else the rest of the time. And the worst offender, Eric Gordon, made his only field goal after halftime.
And we're not only talking about pure statistics here -- rather, hustle, effort and desire. Stephen Curry making layups without a Smith contest. Gordon going through the motions for the entire 1st half, when the Pelicans were getting beat like a drum.
Fans can understand losing, say to a hot team, or even a better team. But to come out and play poorly in all facets of the game, fumble away balls and generally be a couple of steps slower is inexcusable. We could delve into other matters too, like Jeff Withey's playing time, but there is no need to dwell on this recap any further -- we're in the midst of a potentially frightening roadtrip. Let's just pray for an all-around better effort tomorrow against the Los Angeles Clippers.