Why Warriors' Two Blowout Losses Are Bad Omen for NBA Playoff Chances

The Warriors didn't just lose their first two games of the season. They were destroyed by the Clippers and Thunder, by 19 and 28 points, respectively.

And as NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh points out, it's a bad omen for the Warriors' NBA playoff chances.

"Only one team in the last 50 years has ever made the playoffs after getting blown out like the Golden State Warriors did in their first two games.

"They got outscored by a total of 47 points after big losses to the Clippers and the Thunder. Only 12 teams in the last half century have been trampled by at least that many points, and only one of those teams made the playoffs -- the 2003 Boston Celtics."

Yes, Golden State bounced back with a convincing win in New Orleans, but the Pelicans were missing Jrue Holiday, Zion Williamson and Derrick Favors.

In order for the Warriors to make the playoffs for an eighth consecutive season, their defense needs to dramatically improve. And they need to stay healthy.

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Fortunately for the Warriors, center Willie Cauley-Stein and guard Alec Burks are expected to make their season debuts Wednesday night against the Suns.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, wing Jacob Evans "might be out for a little bit," coach Steve Kerr said, and Kevon Looney remains out indefinitely.

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