OAKLAND, California. – For the first time in the Steve Kerr era, the Golden State Warriors have lost four straight games. The final setback came Wednesday night in a 123-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a game in which the Warriors never found a solid pace and struggled to close once more.
It is the first time the Warriors have lost four consecutive games from February 26 to March 2, 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Information. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the game of 450 games between four lost games is the fourth longest streak in the history of the NBA.
"We're just not scoring the ball well," Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. "It's hard for us to find the edge right now by scoring it, 95 points, we really do not want that, we have not been throwing the ball well, all of us." So we knocked down some shots, I think our defense was solid to start the game. we did a good job on the defensive side of the ball, but after a while the shots do not fall, that brings us to other things, they shot 23 more shots than us, that's a way to be beaten. "
During their four lost games, the Warriors are averaging only 95.5 points per game. While the group is frustrated by their recent play, there is confidence within the locker room as Draymond Green (toe) and Stephen Curry (left groin) are expected to recover at some point in the near future.
Curry has missed six consecutive games and is expected to miss at least a few more after injuring his groin during a Nov. 8 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Green has missed three consecutive games while continuing to deal with a persistent finger problem.
"Our guys, they will not be too discouraged," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "You know, especially the guys who have been in this league for a long time, they know what the simulation is, we have not felt this much here in recent years, maybe once or twice, but this is part of being in the You're beaten, you lose games, you just fight to get out of this, you feel healthy and you go on and things are going to change. "
Kerr has been trying to generate positive vibes during his team's recent losing streak, which dates back to a loss of extra time on November 12 on the road to Los Clippers in Los Angeles. That loss was overshadowed by a verbal altercation between Green and Durant that shook the team and caused Green to lose on November 13 over the Atlanta Hawks due to a suspension of a game for "disruptive behavior for the team" after exchanging words with Durant. .
While both players and coaches have said that the group is moving beyond the incident, Durant was noticeably more optimistic on the Wednesday before the game, the reality is that the team has not looked good for more than a week, since who tries to find his focus. again without curry.
"It's a long season, man", reserve owner Quinn Cook said "Two weeks ago we were unbeatable … the best team in history, now we face a little adversity, we lose four, we believe in each other." Basketball Championship, we know we have to be better, but it's a long season "
Veteran guard Klay Thompson echoed similar sentiments, believing that better days are expected soon for his group. One of the biggest problems for the team in the short term is that younger players like Damian Jones, Damion Lee, Kevon Looney and the new Jonas Jerebko are still trying to find their place within the system while Curry and Green recover.
"You never want to make excuses in this league," Thompson said. "But we still have a lot of new guys and young guys, and we're still acclimating to how to play together." It was not a nice night, they have not been in these last four games, but if you want to take advantage of this night in a positive way, it's the The first time we lose four straight games with Steve, then for his five years here, it's pretty amazing if he really thinks about it. "
The Warriors players came out of the locker room on Wednesday night instead of feeling downcast by the way the last week and a half developed, believing they could change things during a homecoming this weekend against Portland Trail . Blazers and Sacramento Kings.
"It's not just going to happen, we have to make it happen," Durant said of the idea that the Warriors would have better days. "I have confidence in everyone in the dressing room that we will make those days better, but we will not come out of nowhere and we will improve for ourselves."
Kerr jokingly said he could try new tactics to loosen his team and head to the next game on Friday.
"I'm thinking about juggling the shooting on Friday," Kerr said. "And you know that paddle ball game, I'm not very good at that, but I could try it too."