SAN FRANCISCO — Following a 31-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night time, Warriors star guard Stephen Curry expressed frustration together with his crew’s latest play, acknowledging it is time for Golden State to cease having “embarrassing” performances.
“We have got to play higher,” Curry informed reporters after the 128-97 defeat. “Now we have to develop a profitable angle each single night time and actually, we have got to get sick of getting blown out, as a result of that is embarrassing. Now we have to have some satisfaction about how we’re taking part in. You may lose video games, that is going to occur, however not like that.”
At 20-20, this younger Warriors crew has been constantly inconsistent in its effort all season. In some video games, like Sunday’s 131-119 win over the league-leading Utah Jazz, Curry and the Warriors discover a totally different gear and may play with the NBA’s elite. However Monday’s 31-point rout provided a harsh reminder of lots of the blowouts the Warriors have endured all through the season.
“I believe these final two days type of outline our crew in loads of methods,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “In a span of 36 hours, we beat the crew with the perfect file within the league with a spirited defensive effort after which misplaced by 31 factors to a different nice crew. Who’re we? What sort of crew are we? We’re 20-20 for a purpose. We have not been in a position to put collectively constant efforts with execution at each ends of the ground. We’re too up and down. We have got to discover a method to put collectively some good video games.”
The Warriors have been echoing an analogous message all season. The difficulty for Kerr is that other than Curry’s brilliance, no different participant on the roster has performed with the type of consistency wanted to string a protracted profitable streak collectively and keep away from poor performances like Monday’s newest setback. Veterans Draymond Inexperienced, Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr. have all had good video games, however every participant has struggled to reside as much as the excessive commonplace the Warriors have set over time, night time after night time.
“I am making an attempt to say one thing totally different that I have not mentioned all yr,” Curry mentioned, when requested what it will take for the Warriors to get again to being an above-average crew. “I do not know. I do not know. There’s simply sure ideas clearly of how we will play. It is our identification that has to indicate up each night time and on the finish of the day, I believe I mentioned it (Sunday) night time, our expectations undergo the roof whenever you play such as you did in opposition to Utah and then you definitely come and drop the ball tonight, and that is why we’re 20-20, but it surely takes rather a lot.
“Profitable is difficult on this league. Everyone knows that, and everyone knows you may’t simply present up and momentum’s not simply going to hold simply since you performed properly the sport earlier than. I believe it is a collective effort throughout the board, but it surely’s simply an understanding that profitable is difficult and we speak in regards to the margins and the place we’re as a crew. If you wish to beat the great groups, you may’t have any cracks within the armor.”
Kerr has tried altering his rotation for the reason that All-Star break, however rookie middle James Wiseman, second-year guard Jordan Poole and rookie guard Nico Mannion have all had combined outcomes as a part of a gaggle of reserves that has struggled a lot of the yr.
“I believe within the final two days we have proven the highs of what we will do and the lows of what we will do,” Curry mentioned. “So you may’t get caught up within the emotional curler coaster, however you do must have a way of satisfaction about taking part in onerous, taking part in bodily, competing, simply being lifeless ass exhausted whenever you stroll off the ground since you gave it all the things you’ve. After which that’ll, in flip, put us in higher positions to win.”
Curry, who Turner Sports activities cameras caught yelling in frustration towards his teammates throughout final Thursday’s blowout loss to the LA Clippers, was requested if there have been any positives he might take from Monday’s sport.
“Completely nothing,” Curry mentioned.