Home games are no guarantee of victory
It's easy to look ahead when the schedule features eight straight games at home, the Warriors' longest home stand since 1964. But Warriors coach Keith Smart cautioned against chalking up victories automatically.
"It's good for us to be home," Smart said. "But it does not change for us the things that we need to do to be successful. We have to stay focused and not be distracted from the job we have in front of us."
Golden State entered Monday's game having won seven of eight at home. Winning seven of their next eight is going to be a bit more difficult.
Six of the eight teams the Warriors played at Oracle Arena since Christmas Day have losing records. But the upcoming home slate isn't so kind, featuring just three teams currently with losing records.
The Warriors were underdogs Monday against San Antonio, owners of the NBA's best record. New Orleans, Utah, Chicago and Denver -- all teams with winning records -- will all be favorites. That puts even more pressure on the Warriors to beat Charlotte, Milwaukee and Phoenix. The Suns won at Oracle Arena on Dec. 2.
"The crowd at home helps us tremendously," Smart said. "They give us that extra push that can help get a victory. Also, athletes are a creature of habit and when you are home you can eat the same pregame meal at the same time. These little things help a team stay focused, and hopefully this can help us be successful during this stretch."
The Warriors got Sunday off. Monday, Ellis started and played the first 24 minutes.
-- MARCUS THOMPSON II