The Golden State Warriors extended their record-breaking start to 19-0 on Monday night with a three-point victory over the host Utah Jazz, 106-103. The team's actions in the locker room after the game are what caught one reporter's attention, however.
Ben Dowsett of Salt City Hoops sent out a series of messages on social media questioning the Warriors' lack of respect for their opponent's effort. He claims only one player, former Jazz guard Ian Clark, provided any real substance after the game.
Dowsett tweeted: "Can I be honest about something? I expected just a little more respect thrown the Jazz's way from GSW's locker room than what actually came. Beyond Ian Clark, who might have more reason for frustration with Utah than anyone in there, lot of shrugs and chuckles on Jazz questions."
He also noted a Twitter message popped up on the television during the Jazz's postgame show that mentioned how well Utah played against the reigning champions. He provided Draymond Green's response after seeing that (Warning: Contains NSFW language):
Listen, these guys are entitled to every bit of ego they want at this point. It was just surprising to me. Again, this isn't close to sour grapes. Those guys have earned this. Just [especially] in Steph's case, it's not what you expect is all. Again, Warriors have earned the right to behave however they want. Doesn't mean you always have to. Don't burn my house, GSW fans. You won.
Green responded to Dowsett's allegations via his Twitter account:
Curry followed up with his own response to Dowsett:
Andrew Bogut also came to the defense of his teammates:
It's interesting to see allegations regarding these type of comments about the Warriors, particularly Curry, who's always seemed reserved during his rise to stardom. Whether it's a situation being blown out of proportion or the adrenaline from a tight win spilling over, it's a unique view of the NBA's best team.
Chris Yuscavage of Complex pointed out that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert seemed to catch wind of the atmosphere in the Golden State locker room:
Ultimately, the situation won't have much of an effect on Golden State unless it becomes a constant stream of disrespect toward opponents. Emotions tend to run high after a game, especially one as close as the matchup Monday night, and that could have gotten the better of the Warriors.
They have plenty to celebrate right now, of course. They are emerging as a nearly unstoppable force and will look to make it 20-0 against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.