LOS ANGELES — The Golden State Warriors were starting to recover from a couple of early glitches, and the Los Angeles Clippers were the last undefeated team in the NBA.
And then the Detroit Pistons rolled through California.
The Warriors and Clippers can commiserate when they meet Monday after both were defeated by the Pistons over the weekend. The Clippers fell 95-87 to Detroit on Saturday for their first loss of the season, and the Warriors played a far-too-gracious host a day later in a 115-107 setback to the Pistons.
The meeting at Staples Center on Monday will be the first of the season between two of the better teams in the Western Conference.
The Clippers, who represent a potential threat to the Warriors’ three-time defending Western Conference throne, opened the season 4-0 before stepping out of character while falling to the Pistons.
Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers referenced finger-pointing among players after the loss. Defending the 3-point arc also became an issue late in the game, a bad sign with the sharp-shooting Warriors heading to town.
Not everybody with the Clippers was ready to panic.
“Nobody is going to be happy when you lose a game,” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “But us being 4-1, I think that’s OK. We were the only undefeated team in the league to start the night (Saturday), and unfortunately, we’re not anymore. I don’t think that we were going to go 82-0.”
The Warriors (4-3) knew after one game that an undefeated season was an impossibility. On the night they received their championship rings, they fell 122-121 to the Houston Rockets, a loss understandable considering the emotional night.
But they lost four days later to the Memphis Grizzlies, and they are giving up 114.3 points per game this season, which ranks 28th in the 30-team league. However,…