You know it’s rough times when not even Superman can save you.
That’s the predicament the Warriors are in. Superstar Stephen Curry has been on a tear lately, playing perhaps the best basketball of his career. Golden State lost yet again on a Monday night, however, despite another showstopper from Curry. This latest defeat was against the Spurs, by a score of 105-100, and the Warriors’ record now sits at a mediocre 12-12.
Look at how hot Curry is from 3-point land over the last nine games. He’s shooting the lights out, per data from Drew Shiller of NBC Sports.
Curry scored 57 points in a loss to the Mavericks on Saturday, while hitting a ton of 3-pointers, in the most glaring example of this terrible trend for Golden State. On Monday, Curry was efficient and brilliant as the Spurs paid him extra attention. He still finished with 32 points on 10-for-17 shooting (6-for-11 from 3-point range), with seven rebounds and six assists.
And those were not quiet points. They were spectacular, in typical Curry fashion.
So what gives? The Warriors committed 20 turnovers in their loss on Monday, for one. In another such loss to the Celtics last week, it was the offensive rebounding deficit, made worse with Golden State’s roster issues at center.
Per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Warrriors opened the year with a 5-0 record when Curry scored 30 points or more. Since then, Golden State is 1-5 in that situation.
That trend simply has to stop if the Warriors are going to make the playoffs. The team can’t let important aspects of the game, such as turnovers and rebounding, fall by the wayside. Lucky them, they’ll see the same Spurs on Tuesday night, as Curry and Golden State attempt to push the club’s record over the .500 mark yet again.
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