Warriors’ 4th-quarter Issues Resurface in 99-86 Loss to Boston Celtics

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry against Boston Celtics during NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry against Boston Celtics during NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

With less than two minutes on the game clock Wednesday night, a familiar chant — “M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!” — emanated from the Oracle Arena crowd.

But this was no typical Warriors-centric chorus: It came from the smattering of fans in green jerseys behind the Celtics’ basket, and it was directed toward Boston point guard Isaiah Thomas, who was shooting foul shots. With the Celtics well on their way to a 99-86 win over Golden State, an opposing player was receiving the Stephen Curry treatment — a sight not before seen in the Steve Kerr era.

“Our fans were leaving,” Curry said. “We didn’t give them anything to cheer about.”

With Kevin Durant watching from the locker room, the Warriors again were undone by fourth-quarter issues. They piled up nearly as many turnovers (eight) in those final 12 minutes as points (12) and shot 5-for-14 from the field. A 15-0 Boston run in three minutes, 18 seconds, midway through the period paved the way for Golden State’s third defeat in five games.

It all raises the question of just how vulnerable the Warriors are sans Durant. With the eight-time NBA All-Star sidelined at least another three weeks by a left knee injury, Golden State limps into a back-to-back set in Minnesota and San Antonio with a 1½-game lead over the Spurs for the top seed in the Western Conference. San Antonio, which overcame a 28-point, first-half deficit Wednesday without Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge to beat the Kings, gets the tiebreaker if it wins one of its two remaining games against the Warriors.

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SOURCE: Connor Letourneau 
SFGate