Thomsen: "Real Warning Signs" For Warriors

The Warriors look complacent and fatigued – and Monday's collapse against the Clippers is proof of that

Taz and the Moose
April 16, 2019 - 9:50 am
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The Golden State Warriors entered the postseason as vulnerable as they’ve been during their run of three NBA titles in four seasons.

Monday was proof of that.

The Warriors squandered a 31-point lead to the Clippers, who beat Golden State  135-131 at Oracle to even their series at 1-1. It was the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history.

“I came into the playoffs thinking they weren’t going to win the championship just because it’s so hard to do what they’re trying to do over a course of five years – and I think this is another sign of it,” Ian Thomsen said on Taz & The Moose. “Look, other teams are coming into the playoffs all fired up, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them. For Golden State, this is just old hat now.”

Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell combined for 61 points off the bench for the Clippers, who outscored the Warriors 85-58 in the second half.

Thomsen said the Warriors are “absolutely” complacent and fatigued.

“I think the complacency is all because of fatigue,” he said. “You just get wiped out, and you see it time after time. You saw it with Kobe Bryant’s last contending team. All of a sudden they just get smoked by Dallas. They got swept by Dallas. You see Michael Jordan having to ‘retire’ to go play baseball because three straight championship just wore him out. It’s a hard thing to do, and I think you’re seeing the effects of it.”

“They should still win the championship – on paper, at least,” Thomsen continued. “They have more than enough talent to do it, even if they’re playing at 85 percent. But I just think there are real warning signs out there for them.”

While Thomsen doesn’t think the Warriors are in trouble against the Clippers, stiffer challenges await.

“They’re going to win this series,” he said. “But when they have to play Houston – who is a really hungry, fired-up team – that’s going to be a real tough thing for the Warriors.”

Click below to listen to Thomsen’s interview in its entirety.