So now it’s official. Not only can the Golden State Warriors lose this season, they can even lose at home.
Boston pulled off the surprise Friday night, going into Oracle Arena and stunning the reigning NBA champions 109-106. Even with the loss, Golden State — still 68-8 on the season — remains on pace to top the 72-10 mark set by the Chicago Bulls in the 1995-96 season for the best record in NBA history.
It was Golden State’s first loss in its last 55 home regular-season games.
“It takes a lot out of you,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the loss in Oakland, California, “especially when every game is the other team’s biggest game. People are coming after us.”
There are some factors to take into account, of course. The Warriors are still without Andre Iguodala because of an ankle injury, and lost center Andrew Bogut in the second half Friday with a rib injury. And Friday’s game was Golden State’s 24th in of 42 days since the All-Star break. So it’s a safe bet fatigue entered the equation as well.
“You’ve got to tip your hat to them,” Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said.
Still, there are trends from the eight losses that might serve as a blueprint for…