Is It True? Do The Warriors Have Spoiled, Bandwagon Fans?
Draymond Green's late, insane 3-pointer (see below) powered Golden State to a 109-105 overtime win vs. the Hawks on Tuesday night in Oakland -- the Warriors' 43rd straight home win, one short of the NBA record by the Chicago Bulls ('95-'96). So all was well in a raucous Oracle Arena. Or was it?
Golden State played without Stephen Curry, and as a result there were several empty prime seats. Oh, how the mighty have become spoiled. I never thought it would happen here.
The fact I can see empty seats during the Warriors game proves how much of an economic factor and bball factor Steph is.
— Ross Hutchinson (@ChevalierNoiRJH) March 2, 2016
Too bad, as they missed this:
"It's just a desperation heave," Green said. "It's just one of those things sometimes the ball just bounces your way and that one fell for me, unlike a lot of the other ones."
Green's heave with 40 seconds remaining in overtime was Curry-esque, but apparently some fans will accept no substitute. This would have been an unheard-of concept in any previous season, as the Warriors usually filled every home game, even when they weren't that good. But give them one NBA title and a current 54-5 record, and things start getting a little bandwagony.
Of course Curry is a show unto himself, and people want to see him. But the Warriors have built their record mostly on the team concept, and the fans seem to have bought in to that. So it's disappointing to see some of them stay home when Curry's in street clothes.
Anyway, Golden State has won 43 straight at home, one away from the Bulls' NBA record 44, set from March 30, 1995, to April 4, 1996. The Warriors have won 25 straight at home this season.
Klay Thompson had 26 points to lead Golden State.
The Warriors improved to 5-0 in OT. Their last loss at Oracle Arena was a 113-111 defeat to the Bulls on Jan. 27, 2015, meaning that they haven't lost at home in one year, one month and four days.
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