Not since last April, after locking up the No. 1 seed in the postseason, have the Warriors lost consecutive regular season games. Their opponent Monday is capable of delivering such a blow.
Leaving Detroit with bruises and stitches, the Warriors will have 48 hours to heal and regroup before coming upon the best team in the Eastern Conference.
The Warriors’ pursuit of 73 wins, a marathon by definition, is looking more and more like a backwards crawl through a thousand miles of desert sand.
UPDATE (3:07 PM PST on Saturday): Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton announced that Harrison Barnes will start vs the Pistons.