All the momentum and confidence the Warriors generated before the All-Star break? Those good vibrations are gone, kaput, careening down a deep and dark garbage chute.
Golden State played its second straight stinker at Oracle Arena on Friday night, falling behind by 20 at halftime on the way to a decidedly dispiriting 95-79 defeat to the Atlanta Hawks.
Perhaps even more disconcerting, now the Warriors have to go on the road for seven games to try to reclaim their mojo, as well as any hope of making a playoff run.
If it wasn't the Warriors' worst home loss of the season, it was definitely in the neighborhood. They were never really in it after the first few minutes. They shot just 33.3 percent in the first half (making no 3-pointers) and finished with 14 turnovers and two 3-pointers. The Hawks never trailed after breaking a 10-10 tie and going on a 15-2 first-quarter run. The second half was more of the same carnage as Atlanta led by as many as 29.
"We didn't have the energy," coach Keith Smart said. "For whatever reason, we were a flat basketball team."
But what does it portend as the club leaves the Bay Area for the next two weeks?
"It just tells me that in this game here they didn't do it," the coach said. "It doesn't tell me what's going to happen on the road. We just have to get our rhythm offensively coming back from the break and get ourselves going, because our heads are dropping when we don't make the shots we normally make."
The Hawks overplayed the Warriors' backcourt and guarded the perimeter. When the ball did get inside to David Lee, he couldn't find the mark, missing seven of his first nine shots even though he wound up leading the team in scoring with 20 points.
"We didn't play well top to bottom, and it started with the first unit," Lee said. "I missed some chippies I normally make, and Monta (Ellis) didn't have his best shooting night. Steph (Curry) didn't have his best shooting night. Nobody did, really."
If the second consecutive ugly loss wasn't enough -- granted, against two good teams in Boston and Atlanta -- the Warriors also completed their "make-a-move" home stretch in which they played 18 of 22 games at Oracle, finishing 12-10 over that span. Now 26-31, they understand the playoff race is starting to slip away.
"We have 25 games left in our season, and we're running out of games to make that push," said Curry, who scored just seven points. "We have one good run in us left to make sure we're in that race. When it comes down to it, it's the crunch time of the season, and going into a seven-game road trip, we're looking for all of them, really. It's our mission."
Added Lee, "We knew that this road trip was going to be huge for us, and now even more emphasis goes on this trip. We just need to regroup on the road, and when we get back home, we'll have a much better idea on where we stand."
The Warriors were pretty much horrible in every area. They were out-rebounded 49-34, and the Hawks closed the first half with a Joe Johnson steal and dunk and opened the second with Jeff Teague duplicating the feat. Atlanta built its lead to as many as 29 in the third quarter. Josh Smith led the Hawks with 26 points and Al Horford added 22.
Notes: The Warriors signed 25-year-old forward Jeff Adrien, who began the season with the team and played in 15 games. Adrien was leading the NBA Development League in rebounding (11.5) for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and was also eighth in scoring at 18 points a game. Adrien was inactive against Atlanta. "... As expected, there were no Troy Murphy sightings at Oracle. The Warriors acquired Murphy and a 2012 second-round draft pick Wednesday for forward Brandan Wright and center Dan Gadzuric, but the club is expected to buy out the remainder of his 2011 contract. "... Several members of the 1974-75 championship team, including Rick Barry, Charles Dudley, Clifford Ray, George Johnson, Bill Bridges and Jamaal Wilkes, were on hand at halftime to honor 88 fans who've been season-ticket holders since that season.
Warriors (26-31) at Minnesota (13-46), 2 p.m., CSNBA