Golden State Warriors not discouraged after shedding fourth straight sport
The most recent setback got here Wednesday evening in a 123-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a sport during which the Warriors by no means discovered a strong rhythm and struggled to shut down the stretch but once more.
It is the primary time the Warriors have dropped 4 straight since Feb. 26-March 2, 2013, in response to ESPN Stats & Info. The 450 video games between these shedding streaks is the fourth-longest such streak in NBA historical past, in response to the Elias Sports activities Bureau.
“We simply aren’t scoring the ball properly,” Warriors ahead Kevin Durant mentioned. “It is robust for us to search out the rim proper now scoring it; 95 factors, we do not actually need that. We have not been capturing the ball properly, all of us. So we knock down some pictures.
“I believe our protection was strong to start out the sport. I believe we did an excellent job on the defensive aspect of the ball. However after some time, pictures do not fall, it results in different issues. They shot 23 extra pictures than us? That is a method to get beat.”
Throughout their four-game skid, the Warriors are averaging 95.5 factors. Whereas the group is pissed off about its latest play, there’s a confidence inside the locker room on condition that Draymond Green (toe) and Stephen Curry (strained left groin) are each anticipated to be again sooner or later within the close to future.
Curry has missed six straight video games and is anticipated to overlook at the least a number of extra after injuring his groin throughout a Nov. eight loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Inexperienced has missed three straight video games as he continues to cope with a lingering toe concern.
“Our guys, they are not gonna get too discouraged,” Kerr mentioned. “They know, particularly the blokes who’ve been on this league for a very long time, they know the drill. We have not felt this a complete lot right here the previous few years — perhaps a few times — however that is a part of being within the league. You are banged up, you lose video games. You simply combat your means out of it and get wholesome and you retain going, and issues’ll flip.”
Kerr has been attempting to push optimistic vibes throughout his group’s latest unhealthy stretch, which dates to a Nov. 12 additional time loss on the highway to the LA Clippers. That loss was overshadowed by a verbal altercation between Inexperienced and Durant that shook the group and brought on Inexperienced to overlook a Nov. 13 win over the Atlanta Hawks due to a one-game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the group.”
Whereas each gamers and coaches have mentioned they’re shifting previous the incident — Durant was noticeably extra upbeat earlier than Wednesday’s sport — the truth is the group hasn’t appeared proper for over every week because it tries to search out its focus with out Curry.
“It is a lengthy season, man,” backup level guard Quinn Cook mentioned. “Two weeks in the past, we have been unbeatable … the perfect group ever. Now we face somewhat adversity, lose 4, we imagine in one another. Championship basketball membership, we all know we bought to be higher, but it surely’s an extended season.”
Veteran guard Klay Thompson echoed the sentiment, believing higher days have been forward quickly. One of many bigger points for the group within the quick time period is that youthful gamers like Damian Jones, Damion Lee, Kevon Looney and new addition Jonas Jerebko are nonetheless looking for their place inside the system as Curry and Inexperienced get better.
“You by no means need to make excuses on this league,” Thompson mentioned. “However we nonetheless have a bunch of latest guys and younger guys, and we’re nonetheless getting acclimated with learn how to play with one another. It wasn’t fairly tonight. Hasn’t been these previous 4 video games. However if you wish to take a optimistic out of tonight, it is the primary time we have ever misplaced 4 video games in a row with Steve. So for his 5 years right here, that is fairly superb if you happen to actually give it some thought.”As a substitute of being down about the way in which the previous week and a half unfolded, the gamers walked out of the locker room Wednesday evening believing they might flip issues round throughout a house back-to-back this weekend towards the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings.
“They are not simply gonna occur. We gotta make ’em occur,” Durant mentioned of the notion that higher days have been forward. “I bought confidence in everyone within the locker room that we’ll make these higher days occur, but it surely’s not gonna simply pop outta nowhere and get higher for us.”
Kerr joked that he may attempt some new techniques to loosen up his group heading into the following sport Friday.
“I am considering of juggling at shootaround Friday,” Kerr mentioned. “And that paddleball sport? I am not excellent at it, however I’d attempt that too.”