PHOENIX — Over the previous 10 years, the Golden State Warriors constructed a dynasty on taking part in freely, competitively and with a way of togetherness that would not often be shaken.
Yet, simply 15 video games into this season, all of it appears to be crashing down.
On Wednesday, the Warriors suffered their newest blow, a 130-119 loss to the Phoenix Suns that dropped them to 0-8 on the highway to begin a season for the primary time since 1989-90, after they began 0-9. It can be the longest total highway shedding streak by a defending champion because the 1998-99 Chicago Bulls, in line with ESPN Stats & Information analysis.
“Forget the highway document, we won’t discover a sustainable interval of success the place habits begin to kind and we’re ready the place we’re coming off the courtroom feeling good about ourselves,” mentioned Stephen Curry, who posted his eleventh profession 50-point sport to tie Allen Iverson for ninth all time.
The phrase “scattered” was used a number of instances throughout the Warriors’ postgame information convention when describing the state of the workforce, alluding to a scarcity of connectivity and buy-in from every participant.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned the workforce shouldn’t be on the identical web page.
“It’s a pick-up sport on the market,” mentioned Kerr. “There’s no execution at both finish, no sure dedication to the group to get three stops in a row to execute on offense.”
Kerr mentioned he needed to take many of the onus, saying he has “failed” at bringing his workforce collectively and giving them one thing they will “collectively shoot for.”
But Curry additionally took among the accountability as a workforce chief.
“I’m scoring nice, attempting to be environment friendly and I’m going to maintain doing that,” Curry mentioned. “But there is a collective type of mindset round how I want to assist everyone get in the appropriate mind set to try to win and I’m up for the problem of figuring that out.”
It’s exhausting to level fingers at Curry. He has been dragging his workforce by the early a part of the season.
The eight-time All-Star made 17 of 28 photographs, going 7-of-11 from 3-point vary, to turn into the eighth-oldest participant to register a 50-point sport, in line with ESPN Stats & Information analysis.
Yet the Warriors nonetheless misplaced by 11. Out of Curry’s 11 profession 50-point video games, that is simply the third time Golden State has misplaced. This is the primary sport they’ve misplaced by double digits when he has scored at the very least 40.
Through the Warriors’ first 15 video games of the season, Curry has performed all he can to offer them a shot at successful, averaging 32.8 factors on 53-45-93 taking pictures splits. Curry is the one participant to common 30 factors on 50-40-90 taking pictures in a season, doing so in 2015-16, when he received the MVP unanimously.
And but Golden State sits in twelfth place within the Western Conference with a 6-9 document.
Curry scored almost half of Golden State’s factors Wednesday, with its 9 different energetic gamers combining for the remaining and the bench scoring simply 17.
Klay Thompson’s early-season struggles continued as he completed with 19 factors however shot simply 6-of-17. Meanwhile, Jordan (*50*) went scoreless on the heels of his greatest sport of the season.
The Warriors’ lack of cohesion is primarily displaying up on the defensive finish, which in flip has additionally prevented them from discovering an offensive rhythm.
They rank twenty seventh in defensive effectivity this season after rating second a season in the past, and so they’re permitting 12.8 factors per sport extra this season in comparison with final season.
Against the Suns, the Warriors gave up at the very least 125 factors for the sixth time this season — probably the most by 15 video games of a season since 1982-83 — and 70 factors within the first half for the fourth time. One of these different instances was additionally towards Phoenix in late October.
“We lack collective grit. We’re taking part in a Drew League sport proper now,” Kerr mentioned.
“I’ve at all times felt the sport rewards you for those who decide to the sport. If you actually compete collectively, photographs go in, calls go your approach, breaks fall your approach, and we’re not incomes any of these things. That’s why we’re winless on the highway. It’s a pick-up sport.”
Ahead of their sport towards San Antonio on Monday, Kerr mentioned the Warriors had been nonetheless looking for the momentum that comes when the workforce is linked each on and off the ground. Following the loss at Phoenix, he mentioned the group was lacking the power to “put all [off-court] stuff within the backseat and simply decide to successful the sport.”
The Warriors insist they are not panicking. But additionally they perceive that they are not doing themselves any favors, and each opponent they face is able to nab a win over the workforce that had been wreaking havoc on the league for the previous decade.
“It’s a battle proper now, preserving it actual,” Curry mentioned. “We have to grasp that it should be actually exhausting to dig ourselves out of the state of affairs that we’re in as a result of there are a number of points.”