The Warriors have lost four out of five games and Thursday’s firefight at the hands of the Bucks was undoubtedly the worst defeat of the season.
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Yes, dubs are melee. But that’s no reason to simply press the panic button, and the good news is that it can really only go above this point.
I’m sure things are going to be fine for Golden State. They were an excellent team for three months. A week’s struggle doesn’t negate it – especially considering the prevailing circumstances.
But there are some things this team needs to fix if they want to look like that team from 2021 here in 2022.
It begins, as with the Warriors, with Steph Curry.
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The Warriors rank 26th in the NBA in the last 15 games, prior to the game in New York where Curry broke the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers record.
Prior to that game, the Warriors had an offensive rating of 112, ranking fourth in the league. Since then, the Warriors have posted an offensive rating of 107 (points per 100 assets).
Five points per 100 assets are missing and that is the difference between the fourth-best and fifth-worst.
Three of those missing points can be attributed to Curry.
Before setting the record, Curry was the league’s MVP favorite, averaging 27 points per game on 43 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Those numbers have declined. Not a lot, but enough that it’s noticeable in the Warriors’ offensive performance. Curry has shot 39 percent from the floor and barely-above-breaks—34 percent from outside the arc in the last 15 games.
Curry has an effective field target percentage — a stat that he helped make a now-common denominator for offensive success — less than 50 percent since New York.
It’s not even close to being acceptable to him or really, anyone else. Curry, at his best, has a range of about 60 percent in that statue. Russell Westbrook — who created the second Bricktown neighborhood in Oklahoma City and is now revitalizing downtown Los Angeles with his poor shoots — hangs in the sub-50 percent range.
Or, for two more readily available comparisons, Curry is shooting like Jonathan Cuminga and Andre Iguodala have had all season.
Will it work?
off course not. That’s Steph Curry.
But the longer it lasts, the longer the warriors’ offense will stink.
Boom! Now we just need to find one more missing basket.
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However, there are other issues for the Warriors as well. It’s not just curry.
Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins – both of whom were brilliant for the first three months of the season – have also taken a step back.
The team’s ace scorer isn’t scoring the way he once did—as he always has—and his capable backups have already hit the peaks of their seasons.
Again, this is a difficult combination to overcome. At least that is until Klay Thompson – the true backup scoring option – finds his footing and full-time rotation for the Warriors, which will likely take weeks.
Poole has played nine games for the Warriors since a record-setting night in Manhattan, thanks to COVID, and outside a 32-point performance in his return on the court after a stint in health and safety protocols, he has been Clash bus ride.
Poole has been shooting 26 percent beyond the arc in the past month on six attempts per game.
The move to a full-time sixth-man role is no doubt a change from the atmosphere when Poole was winding down at the start of the season, but he will have a role to play in this team. He needs to adapt, and soon.
Wiggins hasn’t been bad, but since Thompson returned to the Warriors’ lineup, he’s lost the amazing aggression he was playing in a potential All-Star Game berth. Thompson averaged 13 points per game in three games with the Warriors, taking 10 shots per game – down from his average of 14 in December and January.
This is a small sample size for Wiggins, but it may not be the beginning of his retreat to his own shell – Warriors need the Wing to be aggressive on the floor, as it brings out his immense talent.
Passive Wiggins is not a winning player for dubs.
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All that said, it is hard to come to any conclusions about Dub and their game, as they are playing tough opponents (except for the Pelicans) and they have been without Drummond Green for the last three competitions.
Defensively, everyone knows what Green brings to the Warriors.
But offensively, the Warriors’ offense doesn’t function properly without their point guards.
The Warriors led the NBA in a game — 28 — before being unable to play against the Green Cavs on Sunday in Thompson’s return.
In the three games without Greene, he averages 23 assists per game—a number that is in the bottom third of the NBA. The Dubs also have the third-worst assist-to-turnover ratio in the league this week.
The ball is still moving to the Warriors—the offense demands it—but it’s not moving well or with efficiency without playing the green quarterback.
The Warriors have their issues, but the absence of their on-court leader in the midst of a tremendous moment of flow after Thompson’s return to the lineup may, in fact, be the dub’s biggest.