“You are your balance”. This simple quote from Bills Parcels, the legendary football coach of the Dallas Cowboys, perfectly sums up the first half of Golden State’s season.
Yes, the Warriors are defending champions. Yes, the Warriors have four future Hall of Famers in their ranks. Yes, the Warriors, led by Draymond Green, are saying loud and clear that they don’t fear anyone in the West. But midway through the season, the Warriors were eighth in the West with a negative record. It’s time for the team to take this reality seriously instead of resting in the past, no matter how glorious.
“We have to be honest with ourselves and focus on the details that can win us games. We need to set a higher standard than what we have shown so far,” Stephen Curry admitted. “Our level of concentration, our hardness, our game intelligence to chain wins. We have a lot to talk about but we have to start before it’s too late. »
Trips to the infirmary didn’t help
They just finished a series of eight consecutive home games, oh symbolic of the ups and downs of their season. They started with a loss to Memphis on Christmas Day, without Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins. They ended it by delivering a disastrous performance, synonymous with malpractice, despite the return of their two All-Stars, against a Phoenix team deprived of Devin Booker, Chris Paul and DeAndre Ayton, among others …
In the forceps, they went on a five-game winning streak that allowed them to get back above 50% wins before ending up in freefall with three consecutive losses. To cope with the many absences, Steve Kerr had to fire some players and his team was visibly tired against Detroit and next to its bombs against Orlando and Phoenix. Sure, the game of musical chairs in their infirmary messed up the rotation and definitely ruined the good momentum that was created a week ago, but there’s no reason not to play hard.
“We let our guard down tonight and we lack rhythm with the various absences and returns but the only way to fight that is to play hard, to play with intensity, with effort. And we woke up too late,” Steve Kerr summarized after the meeting.
In the last four games, the Warriors not only hit 60% of their 3-point shots, but sometimes they completely forgot to attack the key, making some passes behind the 3-point line. A troubling trend before the start of a five-game road trip, as their record from San Francisco is 3 wins and 16 losses, by far the worst in the entire league.
An early season full of “false starts”
“Sometimes you have to slap. You have to remember that it is difficult to win in this league. We must be aware of the level of individual and collective commitment we must have to win. explained Steve Kerr. “Hopefully this is the electric shock we need because the first part of the season was full of false starts. »
The Warriors will begin in San Antonio, where the Spurs will celebrate their 50th anniversary at the Alamodome. At the same time, they are hoping to beat the attendance record for an NBA game set at the Georgia Dome in 1998 in a game between the Hawks and Bulls in front of 62,046 fans! They will continue with two difficult back-to-backs, first in Chicago and then in Washington, where Joe Biden will welcome them to the White House. Before ending with two dangerous trips to Boston and Cleveland.
The Western Conference standings remain tight, the Warriors have no right to procrastinate. They need to find regularity to form their identity and get hitched to the right wagon.
“It’s really time to really flip the switch,” finished a brave Jordan Poole. “Away, we have to play the crocs in 48 minutes to rectify the situation” continued Stephen Curry. But the time is no longer for fine words, it is time for action.
Interview in San Francisco.
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