The Golden State Warriors have not lived up to expectations this season. Just months after winning an NBA championship, they lay claim to a record .500, which places them outside the Western Conference playoff picture.
Her bench didn’t live up to expectations, but Stephen Curry was her light at the end of the tunnel. After a recent win Curry spoke to the press about his teammates and how they can help the team improve throughout the season.
“We know what we can’t do, in terms of the first, what was it, eight away games and just this bag of the season where we just couldn’t put a string of games together,” Curry said. “And we have a great opportunity down the road, those two games are coming up. But the rotations seem to be a bit more consistent on a nightly basis. I think, again, it’s about people understanding their roles, what’s being asked of them, and then getting the sales people to do those things. We have 10 deeps for the most part at the moment and everyone is taking on a specific role, playing hard and smart and moving in the right direction.”
Despite the team’s struggles, Curry has put together a phenomenal season for Golden State so far. The star guard has appeared in 18 of Golden State’s 20 games this year, playing 34.7 minutes per game. He averages 31.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.1 assists on 52.7% shots from the field and 44.5% shots from three-point land.
Draymond Green echoed Curry’s feelings. Golden State has won seven of their last ten games and appears to be turning things around. Green said the team found a groove.
“I think we need to work on a few things, but we’re stabilized.” Green to reporters. “We’re starting to play our kind of basketball at both ends of the floor. Let’s start getting guys into a groove we need to win at a high level. So I think we’re starting to figure it out.”
The veteran forward has played in 18 of the Warriors’ 20 games. Green averages 8.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 7.0 assists on 58.5% shots from the field and 35.0% shots from behind the three-point line.
Kerr recently put Green in a role with the bench unit late in the games to breathe some life into the Warriors at certain points.
“That’s a reality that has kept coach Steve Kerr on the lookout for the past month, regularly reshuffling the second session’s combinations,” reported Anthony Slater for The Athletic. “Over the past week — culminating in the Clippers’ 124-107 blowout on Wednesday night — Kerr seems to have finally landed on a strategy with enduring potential. Draymond Green is now the conductor of a second unit that includes the searing Andrew Wiggins, shooting a career-high from the field (50.6 percent) and from 3 (43.4 percent).”
So as the Warriors continue to figure things out and make improvements, it’s clear that both Curry and Green are optimistic about the team.