Warriors in search of joy as the season hits a new bottom in the night Steph Curry drops 50

On the night Steph fell 50 years old, the new season of the Dubs was defeated without joy appeared first on NBC Sports Bayarea

PHOENIX – The Warriors’ 2022-23 season is 15 games old. Only 18 percent of their campaign is complete. There are still 67 games to go. Point blank, however, Golden State’s year reached a new low on Wednesday night when they lost 130-119 to the Phoenix Suns at Prospect Center.

Steph Curry scoring 50 points should have been the story of the night. Well, it is. But instead of celebrating another achievement on an endless scroll of accomplishments, the story of the Warriors’ latest loss is how they wasted another night as the greatest show in sports.

Curry completed his 11th career 50 point game. This was only the third time the result was a loss. By the time he exited the game with 1:42 left in the loss, his teammates had scored 62 points — 12 more than Curry himself.

In his 10th game this season scoring at least 30 points, third of 40 or more and first 50-point performance, Curry made 17 of his 28 shot attempts, was 7-for-11 on 3 -directed and drained nine of his fighters for free. For good measure, he led the Warriors with nine rebounds and added six assists.

His teammates, however, went 24-for-63 (38.1 percent) overall and 10-for-30 (33.3 percent) from long range.

Meanwhile, the Warriors’ defense was still terrible. The Suns, without Chris Paul, Cam Johnson and Landry Shamet, shot 52.4 percent from the field and made 20 3-pointers while making 52.6 percent of their 38 attempts. For Steve Kerr, however, the Warriors’ issues go far longer than the box score.

“Obviously it starts with me, I’m the coach of the team,” Kerr said after the loss that dropped the Warriors to 6-9 on the season. “I have to find a way to get that performance, that kind of commitment to the team and to each other and to the win that he will need.”

What does that look like? A handful of areas on the court, and possibly off, that need huge improvements.

“Share the ball,” Kerr said. “If somebody’s open, throw it to them. If somebody helps rotate, jump back and help the big guy. If things aren’t going well, somebody call the group in the foul line, everybody contribute meet and encourage the group. .

“All that stuff is missing right now. I saw a lot of hanging heads tonight. I think we’re feeling sorry for ourselves. Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us. Everybody can’t wait for us to play and kicking our ass. We’ve had a lot of success and a lot of fun, a lot of fun beating people over the years and teams don’t forget that, so they’re having fun now, as they should.

“I’ve always felt that the game rewards you if you commit to the game. If you really compete, shots go in, calls go your way, breaks fall your way. We’re not earning any of those things. That’s why we do ‘You’re undefeated on the road. It’s a pick-up game.’

Led by Curry’s otherworldly blend of generating power on the court and a sense of fun with every ticked-off second on the scoreboard, the Warriors haven’t had an experience like this in a long time. It’s an emotion. It is passion. It is unity. It radiates from your toes to the hairs on your head.

And it’s not there right now. Even the wins feel different.

Maybe he’s exhausted. Maybe the regular season is an offseason play. Maybe all the talk of the dying dynasty is catching up with them.

None of this is an excuse for Kerr. He didn’t hold back, making sure to call out the Warriors’ lack of grit and saying that the product they’re putting on the court is essentially a Drew League game. There are also complex, internal issues that Kerr is keeping behind closed doors.

He’s going to be the same man who turned the Warriors into winners and a global brand, all with a wicked smile on his face. Casting his right wrist, Curry makes the magic happen. The Warriors are searching for a spark worth more than 50, 75 or 100 points and only one man can do it.

“That’s what he does every day,” Kerr said when asked about continuing Curry’s character right now. “Steph is the anchor of our team and the anchor of our culture, and that will never change. We will work together. Not only is Steph one of the greatest players of all time, but he is one of the greatest people with me.’ I never met in my life.

“I have no doubt that he’s going to do everything in that locker room, with Draymond [Green] and Andre [Iguodala] and [Kevon Looney] and the old men, and we will do everything we can as a team.”

The defending champions are looking for a bond as a team at the moment. Everything starts individually at first. Veterans, new players and the young guys need a bit of self-evaluation at this early stage of the season to see how they can contribute to the win. Statistics will follow.

Win all cures. It’s not easy to flip for joy when you’re three games under .500. Getting the right mindset can help.

Whether it’s a star like Klay Thompson or Jordan Poole, a newcomer to the group like JaMychal Green or one of the Warriors’ many youngsters trying to prove themselves, everyone involved has to be able to ride the wave. Right now, it’s crashing on top of it. Once the roller coaster goes straight down, there isn’t enough juice to get back up.

“I think the focus is on the team, whatever that means to everybody,” Curry said. “We’re all built differently, we all see the game differently, but if you can focus your energy on the team and have each other’s back — whether it’s vocally, the energy, your body language, no matter what the sacrifice. on the court when you’re out there in your minutes, that usually creates a good vibe and you can usually build on that to get yourself out of a hole.

“You can’t obsess about the stat sheet and what it looks like, because that’s not how the game is played.”

Two nights after beating the San Antonio Spurs by 37 points, Kerr used the Warriors’ loss on Wednesday night to learn a lesson from the man he recently beat. Kerr played for Gregg Popovich’s Spurs for three seasons and two different stints.

Those two stops and three seasons also brought Kerr two more championship rings. Along the way, Pop wisdom has stuck with Kerr and isn’t going anywhere.

“I think we can get there,” Kerr told his team. “I think we can find our way back. But it’s all a very delicate balance. Pop used to tell us in San Antonio when things weren’t going well and the other team was hitting us , he would say, ‘Those boys make millions of dollars a year to play basketball too.’ And it is true.

“Every team in the league is loaded with talent. The NBA is loaded with guys who can play. If you’re not right emotionally, spiritually, you’re going to be exposed every single night. That’s where we are right now.”

With every loss that mounts to the Warriors’ record, the positive is always how early in the season it still is. The positions so far are almost the opposite as everyone predicted.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz each have 10 wins. Nobody saw that coming. The Los Angeles Clippers were the big names of the season. They are 8-7, far from dominant.

What can snowball out of control is the way people, or a team, handle themselves. So no, Steph is not looking past these losses and thanking the basketball gods that there are still many months to go.

“Losing is a habit if you don’t solve it,” Curry said. “We’ve avoided that for a long time, because of that rushing into the locker room and losing perspective. I think we’re very aware of who we are and what our potential is, the fact that we can not stay in. this vibe and method for too long and not really prove that we can be like that for a team.

“We’re not panicking in terms of 6-9 or whatever, or how many games we have left that we can’t figure out. But yeah, losing gets really old, really fast.”

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What should have been a celebration was a reflection. There needs to be more of that in the future, and it could be what the Warriors need if they want to start swinging back toward their prospects.

There is a long way to go, in more ways than one.

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