The Warriors had everything working against them heading into the toughest game on this trip.
Because of travel issues, they didn't get to their hotel until 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Then Golden State, already without starting center Andrew Bogut, learned that backup point guard Jarrett Jack, one of the team's most pivotal players, was out with a right shoulder contusion and ailing hip. And the Warriors were facing one of the league's best teams in Oklahoma City, which certainly remembers losing in Oakland last month.
With that in mind, the Warriors' 119-98 loss to the Thunder could be expected, even for a "no-excuse basketball team."
"We lost," coach Mark Jackson said, dismissing a question about the obstacles they faced. "We were not who we are and who we've been. They thoroughly outplayed us."
Golden State showed much more fight than it did in the first 47 minutes of a 31-point loss at Houston the previous night. But it didn't have the legs nor the weapons to contend with Oklahoma City (37-12).
For the second consecutive trip, the Warriors have started 0-2 and need two wins to break even. But this time, instead of lowly Toronto up next, the Warriors have to face a Memphis squad that has beaten them eight consecutive times.