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Roaracle no more: For Warriors, Oracle no longer really home ground advantage



OAKLAND – It is old and twisty and probably bitter to abandon.

It would explain why Oracle Arenas magic, once the most reliable component in recent seasons – the best stretch in the franchise history – has beaten Warriors this season.

The coat of invincibility that they used to wear as a shield has shots through with holes indicating vulnerability, the latest example coming on Saturday in a 126-91 lattice during a flush of 3-pointers through open transition and largely Dallas Mavericks Nondescript.

For all the talk of chasing the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference – which is still likely – and having the home court benefit as much after-season as possible, the warriors in this game were easy on both spirit and performance.

The speech may be appropriate for identifying a target, but it is deeply hollow to the face of reality. With a home ground (25-1

1) which is a game better than the road record (24-12), Warriors no longer have any real advantage for the home. It has been weakened for a few years, and now it's just as far away as the easily accessible ticket.

"It's weird," Draymond Green said . "You're going to win at home. And you expect to win at home. We've had a lot of letdowns this year."

However, this 35-point loss is the worst in 200 games on Oracle under coach Steve Kerr. And it comes 18 days after the previous worst, a 33-point drubbing of the Boston Celtics on March 5.

The warriors went 39-2 at home 2014-2015. It is a court advantage. They were 39-2 next season and strengthened their dominance with Oracle. They thought they could slip when they were 36-5 at home 2016-17.

The real slide came last season when the war arena was no better at home than on the road and sent 29-12 entries in both columns. It's people, not at all a home ground.

The warriors, coaches and players, expressed a strong desire to make this season, the last in Oakland and Oracle, special and memorable. Give Oracle a good farewell. Go out with a splash.

This was the sixth time this year they have lost a home game with at least 20 points. Bucks (134-111 on November 8) were fantastic, Thunder (123-95 on November 21) rolled, Raptors (113-93) were out to make a statement, like Celtics (128-95).

But the other two blowouts, to the Lakers (127-101 on Christmas Day) and the Mavericks, should be immutable, no matter how bored the warriors may be with the regular season.

"You are sensed the energy was not there," said Green. "It is typically normal in a game so. I didn't really understand the meaning we would lose by 40 years. "

It was 35, but it might as well have been 40, as Dallas led as much as 43.

The Mavericks, who had lost their last 12 games on Oracle, were attacked from the beginning and never backed off. Neither was the 28-44 team in place, Dallas drilled 13 3-pointer in the first half and ended with 21 triples (in 49 trials), a short of his season-high and tying the Rockets total (Jan 3) for the most against Warriors this season. [19659002] Houston 21 triples also came to Oracle.

What magical?

"It was their crime and it was our (defensive) breakdown," says Klay Thompson.

The warriors were missing enlisted at both ends, they defended as if they had no respect for Mavericks and merged it by shooting a total of 40 percent and only 13.3 percent (4-30) from the distance.

The warriors were down by 12 (14- 2) less than four minutes after tipoff, down at 23 (51-28) less than three minutes in the second quarter. Six different Mavericks made at least two triples, with rookie sensation Luka Doncic beating four and Dirk Nowitzki, in what may be his last season, draining a season-high five while a total of one season highs 21 points.

"I think everyone in this nursery has got their asses beaten at home before," says Kevin Durant. "I know this experience is different, with how much winning we've done in recent years. But we are still in the NBA. Guys have been part of horrible games, along with the big games as well.

"The good thing about it is we play (Sunday) night as well."

Yes, yes. Detroit pistons enter Oracle for their annual visit. They won here last season. They are almost as beatable as Mavericks, as if it matters.

Oracle does not mean what it once did for the war arena, which does not exploit its benefits as they have before. If the war arena is to win another championship, we have seen enough to know that home ground will not be decisive.


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