Sure, it's one game. And winning 10 of 14 coming out of the All-Star break is no doubt a sign the Warriors are playing good basketball.

But Friday's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers resurrects a troubling trend of falling to inferior teams, even at once-daunting Oracle Arena. A trend that infuriates #DubNation to no end, and for good reason. Few things are as frustrating as underachievement.

"Just were not playing the way we're supposed to," Stephen Curry said. "It was just a bad flashback."

Unexpected losses are a regular part of every NBA season. But the Warriors have lost to Cleveland, Charlotte, Minnesota, Washington and Denver.

They needed a last-second shot to stave off visiting Boston, and San Antonio won at Oracle despite sitting its three best players.

To be fair, the Wizards have a winning record and are eyeing the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Bobcats are a playoff team in the East and were at home. The Timberwolves are a .500 team that was expected to be vying for a playoff spot. So not all of these are humiliating losses.

But these losses do reveal kinks in the Warriors: They have a real problem with athletic front lines; their best players struggle to be productive on off nights; and their system doesn't compensate well for those offensive struggles.

You can also question the mental toughness of this team, though that's hard to do for one of the best defenses in the league. It's not that the Warriors don't have the fortitude to address adversity. They just don't show the maturity to muster it consistently.

That's just who they are. If they had that Spurs-like consistency, the Warriors would be a among the top four teams. But they don't, which is why they're not.

The good news, though, is these periodic lapses don't figure to hurt the Warriors too much. Too many of them could cost them a playoff spot or drop them a seed. But in the postseason, which is what really matters, their leaks won't hurt as much.

They won't have to worry about manufacturing their own intensity or playing down to the level of the competition. And if too many key guys don't play well, they don't have a shot anyway.

  • Blatant honesty from professional athletes is refreshing. So thank you Matt Garza, the Milwaukee Brewers new righty starter who avoided the faux-humility line when asked about facing his former Chicago Cubs.

    "I wish them the best," he said of his former team, which traded him to Texas last July. "But I like where I'm at, and I'm going to try to kick their teeth in every time I get a chance."

  • They suddenly aren't Super Bowl contenders or anything, but the Raiders have recovered reasonably well from an embarrassing start to free agency.

    In their pursuit of respectability, aka an 8-8 record, they have stocked their defense with veteran, accomplished talent. Adding Antonio Smith, Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley to the front seven and Tarell Brown to the secondary brings experience and credibility to a defense that fell apart as the 2013 season progressed.

    Sure, they're long in the teeth and it's questionable how much they still have in the tank. But this was always the route the Raiders had to go. Find young talents for the future and surround them with serviceable veterans.

    Offensive lineman Justin Veldheer was perhaps one of those young pieces, so letting him go for nothing is a blow that will probably affect the draft. But if bouncing back was possible, the Raiders are on that track.

  • Broadcaster Joe Rogan teased the UFC community when he spoke of this big secret about some huge announcement coming regarding women's mixed martial arts. The most obvious speculation is that UFC champion Ronda Rousey would fight undefeated Gina Carano, who doubled as an actress and fitness model while being the face of women's fighting for years.

    Imagine if the announcement was letting sports fans vote on Rousey's next opponent. The smart money would be on Alex Rodriguez. Who wouldn't pay to see Rousey make him squeal in her famed armbar submission move?

  • The Patriots ran some smooth game on receiver Julian Edelman. They offered him a contract, but he wanted to play the field. So New England let him.

    Of course Edelman came back. I can picture Bill Belichick reclined in his executive chair saying, "I knew you'd be back. They always come back."

  • Creighton fans in Omaha, Neb., where the school is located, were fully engaged into a riveting Big East semifinal game against Xavier on Friday night. Suddenly, they were watching Stanford-UCLA in the Pac-12 semifinals.

    With three-minutes left, Cox Cable in Omaha switched away from the local team to show Johnny Dawkins' Cardinal and didn't fix the mistake until seconds remained in Creighton's close win.

    Now that's West Coast bias.

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