It had been long time since the Warriors players had the taste of losing in their mouth — there were a couple of losses to the Cavaliers last June in the Finals, and before that you need to go back to April to find one. They were not used to it.
So how did they feel Saturday night after the Milwaukee Bucks became the first team to hand the Warriors a loss this season? They were a little dumbfounded by it. Check out their quotes, via Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com.
“It’s definitely weird,” Stephen Curry said of losing. “You forget what the feeling is like. But I like how we’re handling it.”
From interim coach Luke Walton: “We didn’t have it tonight. That’s why it’s so hard to do what these guys have done so far. Tonight it caught up to us. We didn’t have our shots falling. We were a little slow on our defensive rotations. It happens. But it takes nothing away from what they did to start the season.”
“It’s disappointing because I thought we beat ourselves,” (Klay Thompson said. “(Losing) was bound to happen,” he added. “It’s unfortunate it happened tonight. But we’re going to see them again on Friday and have a nice stretch at home.”
The Warriors looked flat from the opening tip, the double overtime win over the Celtics clearly impacting them. This was the kind of off night we knew the Warriors would have eventually, and it cost them.
What matters is how they bounce back, how they play going forward. Do they have the same energy and passion? Do they keep building toward another title, or do they take their foot off the gas now and coast a little.