Devastating. That’s the only word that comes to mind when thinking about last night’s Warriors overtime loss to Charlotte, 121-113 in overtime.
This game was won. This game was over. This game was… somehow lost. The Warriors had a game just like this in Sacramento about a month ago. It was an exhilarating victory over the Kings because it was a game Golden State had no right winning.
Now, on the flip side of things, the pain of the loss last night is much more than the jubilation of the victory in Sacto. That’s just how life works.
The Warriors led this game by 16 points with less than 3 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter, 76-60. It looked like it was going to be an easy win for the home team. But looks can be deceiving. The Bobcats ended the quarter on an 11-0 run in the final 2:10 and were down just five heading into the 4th quarter.
Still, despite giving up the lead at one point, this game was in hand. With 27 ticks on the clock, Dorell Wright slammed home a ball to make it 100-95 G’State. The crowd was putting on their coats, checking their pockets for the keys, just waiting for the horn to sound.
Now, nobody has been a bigger fan of Monta Ellis this year than I. I have waved the Monta Ellis is an All-Star flag higher as high as anyone. On Thursday, the reserves will be announced, and when Monta’s name isn’t one of them, last night’s game will be the example of why.
Not just because Monta fouled Stephen Jackson with 17 seconds left on a 3-pointer, and then saw Jackson nail all 3 free throws to cut the lead to 100-98. And not because on the ensuing play, he was fouled, and only made 1 of 2 free throws to make it a one-possession game only to see the Bobcats get an offensive rebound, get the ball back to the aforementioned Jackson and have him bank in a 3-pointer to tie the game with less than a second on the clock.
Nope, the bottom line is, this is Ellis’ team, and the Warriors lost last night to a team they should have beaten to fall to 19-27 on the season. In the NBA, it is virtually impossible to make the All-Star team if your team has a losing record, especially in the very deep Western Conference. Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Monta Ellis are just a few players from below .500 teams with All-Star players. They are All-Stars without a team. People look to find reasons for them not to make the All-Star team, because the numbers suggest that they are.
Losing at home to Charlotte is one thing. Doing it in the manner that the Warriors did last night is another. To be honest, it was devastating.
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!