The ruling champions of the NBA League, are experiencing something they haven’t in a while. Losing. And not just losing, but losing regularly, and against big rivals.
Last night’s defeat against the Oklahoma City Thunder 123-95, was their fourth in a row. And it was at home against one of the teams who is planning to dethrone you.
“Our guys — they’re not gonna get too discouraged,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “They know, especially the guys who have been in this league for a long time, they know the drill. We haven’t felt this a whole lot here the last few years — maybe once or twice — but this is part of being in the league.”
The Warriors lost four in a row for the first time since Kerr sat on the bench. The last time GSW lost this many consecutive games was all the way back in 2013. Since then, 450 matches passed without repeating this negative streak.
The biggest problem for this assembly is scoring. Now that is a strange thing when having in mind that the Warriors are one of the best offensive teams in the history of the game.
Kevin Durant is well aware of this also.
“We just aren’t scoring the ball well,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. “It’s tough for us to find the rim right now scoring it; 95 points, we don’t really want that. We haven’t been shooting the ball well, all of us. ”
The absence of Steph Curry is without a doubt the main reason for all this. His 29.5 points can’t be compensated that easily, and also, his influence on the game is not measurable. With him on the floor, the pace of the Warriors attack is different, the flow of the ball also. Rival’s defense is constantly stretched with his movement and his passing. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are not very skilled when it comes to those aspects of play.
At the moment, the team is averaging 95.5 points over the last four defeats. That is 20 points fewer than their season average.
For Klay Thompson, there is another reason why this team has such a bad period. The 28-year old small forward from Washington State, believes that having many young players involved in the game, without Curry and Green on the floor, is definitely affecting the results. They have to find their place in the new system and adjust to it.
“You never want to make excuses in this league,” Thompson stated. “But we still have a bunch of new guys and young guys, and we’re still getting acclimated with how to play with each other.”
But one another thing worries the fans. And that is the current situation in the locker room. The dispute between the above-mentioned Green, who is currently inactive because of a toe injury, and Kevin Durant most likely damaged the atmosphere in the team.
In the light of the recent events, many speculations appeared concerning Durant’s upcoming free agency, Green’s future in the club and many other things.
Still, the officials within the organization are saying that everything is perfect, and that this turbulent period is just a bad episode, which will end pretty soon.
Steve Kerr has a perfect plan for the team to overcome this crisis.
“You’re banged-up, you lose games; you just fight your way out of it, and get healthy and you keep going and things’ll turn.”
The Warriors play the next two games at home, and both of them will be played this weekend. The first one against the Portland Trail Blazers who are coming back from a mini-tour on East, and against the youthful Sacramento Kings.
It is a perfect chance for the champions to regain their confidence back and to start playing like they always do. Dominating the court, lethally, and with a smile on their face.
Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.