Stephen Curry is back. Everything will be better from now on for the Golden State Warriors now that the two-time MVP has returned.
Well, not quite. On Stephen Curry’s return after an 11-game absence, the Warriors laid an egg and looked flat against the Detroit Pistons. Golden State dropped its second straight game, losing on the road in Detroit, 111-102.
Head coach Steve Kerr called this particular game the worst of his career and blamed himself for the loss. Moreover, he hated how his offense constantly clogs the lane, which prevents successful penetration from his guards.
“I’m just tired of seeing three people in the paint every time we are penetrating,” Kerr said per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “The paint is so bunched up. I know we are top-heavy with our shooting. We’ve got obviously some of the great shooters in our starting lineup, but we’ve got a lot of guys that are coming off the bench or been in the lineup who are not 3-point shooters or aren’t shooting 3s.
Kerr further added that he will look into making the right adjustment to fix the team’s spacing issues and flow on offense. Golden State shot 45.9 percent from the field in this one, but made just 6-of-26 (23.1 percent) from downtown.
The former-player-turned-coach has a point here. It’s easy to overlook Golden State as primarily a perimeter oriented team because they arguably have three of the best shooters in NBA history. However, going up and down on their roster, the team does not have much more shooting to supplement their trio of snipers.
The Warriors just got Steph Curry back. Thus, it may take some time for him and the rest of the Warriors to get back to their scorching hot early season form, where they started 11-2.