The Warriors destroyed the Wizards on Monday, even more than they usually crush opponents at home, which has been by an astonishing 17.2 points per 100 possessions.
The league’s top defense held Washington to just eight — EIGHT — third quarter points, on 1-of-18 shooting on the way to a victory whose final margin was 31 points.
And according to one of the Warriors players, they knew the Wizards would fold if they could make things even a little bit difficult on them defensively.
According to Golden State reserve center center Marreese Speights, the Warriors believed strong defense would actually fracture the Wizards.
“We just turned up a little,” Speights said of Golden State’s defense to reporters following the win. “We knew if we hit them, if we got a couple stops they would start arguing with each other and quit. We went out there with a good mindset in the second half and we did it.” …
“It’s a troubling trend that we’ve had for the last 20, 25 games,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “We play one good half and just the exact opposite, awful, one half to the other. “
The Wizards are a lock to make the postseason, but have been extremely inconsistent since the All-Star break. While there’s no shame in losing to the league’s best home team, the perception that it’s easy to break Washington’s spirit is something the team will want to fix before the playoffs begin — especially because as of right now, the Wizards are staring at a first round matchup with the always difficult Bulls.