Well, it’s not really much of a slump, but then again this is the Warriors we’re talking about.
The Warriors lost another game on Friday night, this one to the Timberwolves 103-102 in Minneapolis. It was the Warriors’ second consecutive loss and fourth loss in the past six games. The Warriors had gone 146 games — and almost two calendar years — without losing back to back regular-season games. They’ve now lost two in a row twice in the past 10 days.
There’s a chance the slump could continue considering the Warriors play the Spurs Saturday night in San Antonio. And, coach Steve Kerr announced after the game that he would not play Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala for that one.
With the loss, the Warriors’ lead over San Antonio for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs is 1 1/2 games.
Curry had a chance to win the game late, but his 20-footer with two seconds remaining rimmed out. Curry, who finished with 27 points, once again struggled from the field, finishing 10-for-27, including 1-for-8 from 3-point range. Over the past seven games, Curry is 18-for-76 from beyond the arc (23.6 percent).
The Warriors used a 13-0 second-half run to trim what had been a 90-76 deficit to just one. From there on, things remaining close and the Warriors even took the lead with 1:02 left on a Curry floater. But Wigging drew a foul with 12.8 seconds remaining and he sunk two free throws.
Kerr wasn’t pleased with the call on the play — against Zaza Pachulia — and said matter of factly after the game that the referees missed the call, that there was no foul.
The Warriors played another half where they looked more ordinary than extraordinary. And if you’ve watched the Warriors the past two-plus years you know they’ve been anything but ordinary.
But the Warriors got down by as many as 17 points in the first half before heading into the locker room down 62-53 at intermission. And it was another forgettable half for Curry, who missed all four of his 3-point attempts and committed four turnovers.
Meanwhile, the Timberwolves’ superstar, Karl-Anthony Towns, was doing major damage against the Warriors, and making them look small on the interior. Towns knocked down 8 of 10 shots in the first half, including a couple of 3-pointers.