After knocking out 9 straight losses and looking like true sloth elite, the Golden State Warriors are now stuck walking tall. Two straight victories, over Dallas and Phoenix, has the Oakland crew wondering why their game has returned.
"Before we could even get double-teamed, we were making shots," said Warriors rookie forward Ike Diogu. "It would have been nice to have silenced our fans early, but for whatever reason we just had it tonight."
On the other hand, Boston, Minnesota and Seattle knew what was at stake Friday night.
Despite New Jersey scoring just 25 first half points, the Celtics were not standing on their own two feet on this night. The Sonics scored fewer points in the 3rd and 4th quarters combined than they did in either of the first two periods. The Timberwolves proved that the early bird gets wormed, falling behind by 10 after one and never looking forward in a 77-89 defeat in Indiana.
As a result, just one game separates the Warriors, Celtics, Timberwolves, Rockets and Sonics for spots 6 through 10.