The Warriors weren't formally eliminated from the playoff race Monday night. But their loss at San Antonio assured a third consecutive non-winning season, and you have to do a whole lot better than break even to make the Western Conference playoffs.
One of the Warriors' big problems this season: Streaks. Or lack thereof.
Monday's loss was the Warriors' fifth in a row. The skid matches their second longest of the season.
The Warriors have been unable to put the brakes on long slides this season, and they certainly didn't come close in either Sunday's loss at Dallas or Monday's at San Antonio.
They have five strings of four or more losses this season, the streaks accounting for well more than half their losses (25 of 41).
Meanwhile, the club has been unable to counter its extended failures with positive runs. The Warriors have just one winning streak of as many as four games -- and that came in the softest stretch of the year (consecutive home games against the Clippers, Nets, Pacers and Kings).
But in many ways, what occurred in their next game following that flurry encapsulated their season. Playing a beatable opponent on the road, the Warriors lost to the Clippers, which not only ended the winning streak but started them on a four-game slide that wiped out the previous gains.
SPURS 111, WARRIORS 96: One of the NBA's most dominant runs continued Monday night when the Warriors lost in San Antonio. Golden State has never won a game at the AT&T Center, which isn't all that new. In fact, the Warriors have never beaten Tim Duncan in a regular-season game in San Antonio, and he's definitely not all that new. Coupled with their eerily similar 111-94 thrashing in December, the Warriors have gone 0-for-the-season in San Antonio in each of the last 14 seasons, a stretch of 26 games.
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