Stephen Curry is understood for bringing unbelievable positivity to the court docket. His pregame taking pictures routine, his in-game celebrations, his assist of teammates — the Warriors star exudes pleasure.
Nicely, apart from Sunday night time. Even the two-time MVP could not put a superb spin on the state of Golden State’s season.
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After the Warriors’ 117-111 loss to the Hawks, which marked Golden State’s seventh defeat in its previous eight video games and dropped the group to 23-27 total, Curry could not conceal his frustration.
“[To] preserve it actual, all of us had greater expectations for the place we have been speculated to be this season,” Curry mentioned. “And guys need to outperform — once they go on the market, they need to exceed the expectations for themselves, for the teaching workers, no matter it’s. And when it does not occur, it is irritating.
“I hope it stings. I hope it is uncomfortable. I hope that it motivates you to maintain grinding, difficult your self to get higher. I hope no person is content material simply being on this middle-of-the-road scenario. So, we will learn how we reply down the stretch of the season, see what we’re product of.”
Stephen Curry on how youthful Warriors are coping with shedding:
“It is robust… I hope it stings. I hope it is uncomfortable. I hope that it motivates you to maintain grinding, difficult your self to get higher. I hope no person’s content material being on this middle-of-the-road scenario.” pic.twitter.com/9LawoM9Y9g
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Since transferring to a season-high four games above .500 in late February, the Warriors have gone 4-12, sliding from seventh within the Western Convention standings to 10th with little room separating them from the Pelicans (22-27) and Kings (22-28) for the ultimate play-in spot. And it isn’t that the Warriors have simply struggled to win currently — they’ve struggled to be aggressive, shedding eight of the 16 video games in that stretch by double digits.
“Nonetheless a superb period of time [left in the season], however you can not play the way in which that we have performed the final important stretch and count on issues to vary,” Curry mentioned. “So, it type of is what it’s. We received to make the required changes. It sucks proper now. Shedding sucks. It is a horrible feeling within the locker room. We do not actually have a lot to smile about. And it is type of the vibe proper now.”
Curry would by no means throw others beneath the bus, however the harsh actuality is that his fellow Warriors and the teaching workers haven’t given him sufficient assist. The 33-year-old is having a terrific season, averaging 29.Four factors, 6.Zero assists and 5.5 rebounds per recreation whereas taking pictures 47.6 p.c from the sphere and 40.6 p.c from 3-point vary.
When Curry is on the floor, Golden State has a internet ranking of two.7. When he sits, that quantity is a disastrous minus-9.7.
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“The onerous half is making an attempt to reply a few of the questions round how we are able to get higher and the way we win video games,” Curry mentioned. “The scenario is what it’s. Now we have rather a lot to enhance on, and there is a problem there that all of us must take head on. It is uncomfortable proper now. It is irritating for everyone, however it should take a look at us to discover a option to make these final 20 video games matter and provides us one thing to point out for it in the direction of the top of the season.
“Proper now, it is irritating, for certain. I hope everyone within the locker room hates shedding as a motivation simply to keep it up, to remain related and to determine it out.”