Fresh off a 3-1 road trip and back at Oracle Arena for the first time since losing to the lowly Phoenix Suns, the Golden State Warriors looked like a team that knows the playoffs are around the corner.
With 12 regular season games left, including seven at home, the Warriors systemically took the Indiana Pacers apart, rolling to a 112-89 win.
Sure, it was a struggle in the first half, as the Warriors held a slim lead (35-33) with 5:28 left in the second quarter due to the Pacers physical play.
Despite the early struggles, two things were noticeable: the Oracle crowd was lively and the Warriors were engaged defensively, much to the delight of assistant coach Ron Adams.
Was “Rocco” unleashed as Greg Papa would say? Seemed to be the case as the Warriors suffocating defense held the Pacers to 89 points (38.5 percent), forced 16 turnovers, and blocked eight shots.
As the youngsters say, it was lit at Oracle, and with six regular season games to go in the buidling, including a big one against the Denver Nuggets April 2, Warriors fans appeared to have gotten Thompson’s message. Expect more of the same as we get closer to the playoffs.