The Warriors have been difficult to watch lately, or at least more so than usual. I admit March Madness has drawn me away from Warriors basketball (you know, competitive basketball and everything).
The Warriors have run into a difficult stretch. They got whipped by the Kings to start this new losing streak, then have lost to the Mavs, Suns, Mavs, and will surely lose to the Spurs tomorrow.
The Warriors have no confidence and don't trust one another. There has been no consistent effort from this group collectively. This team has nothing to play for and it couldn't be more obvious, as they ten to "check out" mentally for stretches of the game.
Every team in the NBA has elite talent. Any team can beat any other team on any given night, but that talent needs to be motivated. Motivation comes in many forms, from the desire to win a championship like the Lakers to a basement team like the Kings trying to avoid embarrassment in front of millions.
The Warriors need to find something to play for.