Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry encouraged his younger teammates to stay in positive spirits despite a bad start to the season. The Warriors, who made five consecutive NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019, picked up back-to-back blowout losses.
After losing to the Brooklyn Nets 125-99 in their season opener, the Warriors put up another disappointing performance as the Milwaukee Bucks saw them off 138-99 on Christmas Day. "This year's different," Curry said after his team's 138-99 road loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, when asked what his message would be to younger teammates, per ESPN.
"And to not feel any pressure around Warrior teams in the past. We obviously had that championship DNA, and we understand there's expectations around our organization and that's what we want. But this year's different.
It's a new group of guys. We would love to have Klay [Thompson] better these last two games, but that's not going to define our season at all. And go win these next two and you're 2-2 on a road trip. That's what you got to focus on now.
Stay with it, stay composed. Hold yourself accountable to the mistakes we're making as a group and just keep trying to get better. I think at the end of the day, we just have to make sure our effort and our competitiveness is there, and that will help us get through these early growing pains."
Curry hopes the team will figure it out on the offensive side
Curry scored a team-high 20 points against the Nets and then he also scored a team-high 19 points against the Bucks. When asked about the offensive struggles, Curry admitted he was unsure on which areas his team needed to focus.
"I don't know," Curry said. "We just have to focus a little bit more on what we're actually trying to do. I think sometimes when things don't go your way and you miss shots, there's a tendency to force and press and just not think.
So our group's collective IQ has to get a lot better in those moments where you're not making shots and trying to get some easy buckets -- working together to create good looks. And that will come with time. We just have to understand and identify when those moments are when you can kind of let go of the rope a little bit." The Warriors play next against the Chicago Bulls on the road.