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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Kurtenbach: Getting to the bottom of the fighting warriors’ illness

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.

cold as ice (by your standards)

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

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.

Not good

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.

Where is the empty pool/wigs?

Kurtenbach: Getting to the bottom of the fighting warriors' illness
(Jane Tyska/Bay Area Newsgroup)
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