OAKLAND, Calif. – For the first time in the Steve Kerr era, the Golden State Warriors lost four straight. The latest setback came on Wednesday night, with a 123-95 loss to Oklahoma City Thunder, a game in which the Warriors never found a solid pace and struggled to close the stretch once again.
It is the first time the Warriors have dropped four consecutive since February 26 to March 2, 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The 450 games between the losing streaks of four games are the fourth longest in NBA history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"We just are not scoring well," said striker Kevin Durant. "It's hard for us to find the ring right now, scoring 95 points, we really do not want it, we did not shoot the ball well, we all got a few shots, I think our defense was solid to start the game. I think we did a good job on the defensive side of the ball, but after a while the shots did not fall, that leads to other things, they shot 23 more shots than us.
Throughout their four-game skid, the Warriors have averaged only 95.5 points. While the group is frustrated with their recent move, there is a confidence inside the locker room as Draymond Green (toe) and Stephen Curry (with left crooked tension) are expected to return sometime in the near future.
Curry missed six straight games and must miss at least a few more after injuring his groin during the November 8 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks. Green has lost three straight games while continuing to deal with a persistent problem.
"Our guys – they will not be too discouraged," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "They know, especially the guys who have been in this league for a long time, they know what to do. We have not felt that much in the last few years – maybe once or twice – but that's part of being in the league. lose games, you just fight it, stay healthy and go on, and things will change. "
Kerr has been trying to convey positive vibes during his team's recent poor season, dating from a Nov. 12 loss in overtime on the road to the LA Clippers. That loss was overshadowed by a verbal argument between Green and Durant that rocked the team and caused Green to lose the November 13 win over the Atlanta Hawks because of a suspension of a game for "damaging conduct to the team" after exchanging words with Durant. .
While players and coaches said the group is going through the incident – Durant was visibly more optimistic the Wednesday before the game – the reality is that the team does not seem to be feeling well for more than a week now as it tries to find its focus again without curry.
"It's a long season, man," security guard Quinn Cook said. "Two weeks ago we were unbeatable … the best team of all time.We now face a little adversity, we lost four, we believe in each other." Basketball club, we know we have to be better, but it's a long season. "
Veteran guard Klay Thompson echoed similar sentiments, believing that better days were ahead for his group soon. One of the biggest problems for the team in the short run is that younger players like Damian Jones, Damion Lee, Kevon Looney and Jonas Jerebko are still trying to find their place inside the system while Curry and Green recover.
"You never want to make excuses in this championship," Thompson said. "But we still have a lot of new and young guys, and we're still getting used to how to play with each other. it's the first time we've lost four straight games with Steve, so in the five years he's spent here, it's amazing if you really think about it. "
Instead of being discouraged over the way the last week and a half had unfolded, players came out of the locker room Wednesday night believing they could turn things around during a home run this weekend against Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings.
"They're not going to happen. We have to make them happen," Durant said of the notion that better days were ahead of the Warriors. "I have confidence in everyone in the locker room that we will make those better days happen, but it will not come out of nowhere and get better for us."
Kerr joked that he could try some new tactics to free his team for the next game on Friday.
"I'm thinking of juggling on Friday," Kerr said. "And you know the rowing game? I'm not very good at it, but I can try that too."