THE Warriors played as if they wanted to pace themselves through training camp. The Jazz played as if they wanted to steal Game 1 in a playoff series.
Therefore, it did not take long for the Warriors’ 119-79 loss to Utah Jazz on Tuesday to resemble something both foreign and familiar. The foreign: despite having three healthy All-Stars, the Warriors labored to do anything offensively and defensively. The familiar: after spending the 2017-18 season fighting complacency over their two NBA championships in the past three years, the Warriors ended the regular-season with the same mindset.
The Warriors (58-24) lost their third game in the past four contests well aware their No. 2 seed would stay intact. Perhaps they were also aware that a loss ensured the Warriors would not play against Utah or Oklahoma City in the first round, considering the Jazz (3-1) and Oklahoma City (2-2) hurt the Warriors in regular-season matchups.
Still, Utah (48-33) tied with Portland (48-33) for third place entering a regular-season finale yesterday. The Pelicans, Spurs, Timberwolves or Nuggets could play the Warriors in the first round. (SD-Agencies)