Golden State Warriors’ Win Over Toronto Raptors Hardly Feels Like Victory
The fact that Golden State was actually able to mount the comeback that it did was quite remarkable. At one point, they trailed by 27 points. They then outscored Toronto 64-28 through the end of the game to steal the 112-103 win from beneath their feet. It was the seventh-largest comeback in NBA history.
Oracle Arena was all smiles after the brave comeback, but with the way Golden State played early in the game, I’m not buying this win. They were supposed to win with ease, except they were forced to play on all cylinders in the fourth. What if they weren’t able to play out of their minds and produce a 41-point fourth quarter? It would have been dubbed the worst loss of the season.
Some might not be worried, but I still am. There’s no reason Toronto should have had the lead they did in the first half.
The Warriors were being firmly outplayed by halftime. Toronto was out-rebounding Golden State 25-11, and the Warriors were shooting an abysmal 19-of-36 at the half. This didn’t improve at all in the second half, either. Toronto came out on 10-0 run to start the third quarter, which should have wrapped up the upset right then and there.
Golden State’s lone pair of wins over its past seven games were over far inferior opponents, including a two-point victory over the Sacramento Kings in its last game. As the score would indicate, the Warriors weren’t very impressive in their win over Sacramento. They allowed the Kings to take a fourth-quarter lead despite being up by 16 in the third.
Golden State was even more horrific on Tuesday against Toronto. It was a game the Warriors simply couldn’t not lose, especially in the fashion in which they trailed in the first half. They were outplayed by a team four games under .500 for the majority of the game. They were embarrassed on their home court.
Give the Warriors credit, though. They left Toronto speechless with the comeback. But until they put together four quarters of solid basketball, I’m not sold that they have left their recent slump behind.