With their win Friday night, the Golden State Warriors improved to 7-9 on the season, but they currently sit 11th in the Western Conference. They have yet to win a game away from home this season, having gone 0-8 so far.
They recently held a team meeting to address their issues and Klay Thompson said Draymond Green was the voice leader.
“Very constructive meeting” explained Thompson. “Draymond definitely kept his word. He’s such a great motivator. So we all responded very well. I look forward to starting a new winning streak.”
Green has had a decent season so far. He has appeared in 15 of the Warriors’ 17 games, playing 30.1 minutes per contest. The all-star forward averages 8.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists on 56.2% shots from the field and 31.3% shots from distance.
Thompson, on the other hand, is struggling to find his footing. This is the first full season he has played since his two season-ending injuries and he has yet to play at the same level. He has appeared in 13 games and played 28.8 minutes per competition. The veteran averages 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists on 36.3% shots from field and 33.6% shots from three-point land.
Despite her struggles, not everyone is freaking out over her slow start. Warriors legend Chris Mullin recently spoke on the subject, speaking specifically about the shooting of Thompson and the game of Golden State’s younger players.
He said the team is a “perfect match” on paper and just needs more time to solidify.
“I think what you said, Klay [Thompson] starts taking some shots, suddenly there’s not as much talk about him recovering,” Mullin explained in KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes. “Because honestly I thought what he did last year was a lot more challenging than what he’s going through now. And he handled it pretty well. So I’m really not too worried about that. And then it’s just to acclimatize the young people. On paper they are a perfect match for the older players. [James] Wise man, [Moses] Moody and [Jonathan] Kuminga, long, athletic, explosive athletes. It just hasn’t happened yet. But I think it will.”
Mullin also said that while it’s new territory for a Warriors team that has had so much success, difficulties in integrating young talent are a “natural progression”.
“This is just a different journey and a different timeline,” Mullin said. “But I think they’ll be fine, I do. I just think it’s a natural progression when you’re trying to integrate really young players… If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. But when you go through the season and you’re under the microscope, like the Warriors, it gets a little over-analyzed to me.
Meanwhile, Stephen Curry sent a message to his teammates about their lost ways. He said everyone needs to be “honest” with themselves and focus on the right spot.
“We have to be honest with ourselves,” Curry said. “It starts individually, everyone who comes in with the right attitude, which they think will affect victory at either end or on the ground.”
Curry has put together a phenomenal season so far, averaging 32.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists on 52.8% shots from the field and 44.3% shots from distance.
However, until the team around him picks up the pace, the Warriors won’t see any significant improvements in Victory Column – especially when it comes to winning on the road.