Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry has admitted that this season hasn't gone as planned for him and his young teammates. The Warriors, who made five consecutive NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019, have lost seven of their last eight games and they are sitting on the 10th place of the Western Conference standings with a 23-27 record.
"It's tough," Curry said, when asked about how his younger teammates are dealing with all the losing. "Keep it real; we all had higher expectations for where we were supposed to be this season. And guys want to outperform; when they go out there, they want to exceed the expectations for themselves, for the coaching staff, whatever it is.
And when it doesn't happen, it's frustrating. "I hope it stings. I hope it's uncomfortable. I hope it motivates you to keep grinding, challenging yourself to get better. I hope nobody is content just being in this middle-of-the-road situation.
We're going to find out how we respond down the stretch of the season. See what we're made of."
Curry says their approach has to change
On Sunday night, the Warriors suffered another loss as the Atlanta Hawks beat them 117-111.
"You cannot play the way that we've played the last significant stretch and expect things to change," Curry said. "So it kind of is what it is. We got to make the necessary adjustments. It sucks right now. Losing sucks.
It's a terrible feeling in the locker room. We don't really have much to smile about. And it's kind of the vibe right now." The Warriors suffered a major blow in the offseason when they lost Klay Thompson for the season and the things haven't gone well for them since.
"The hard part is trying to answer some of the questions around how we can get better and how we win games," Curry said. "The situation is what it is. We have a lot to improve on, and there's a challenge there that we all need to take head on.
It's uncomfortable right now, it's frustrating for everybody, but it will test us to find a way to make these last 20 games matter and give us something to show for it towards the end of the season. "Right now, it's frustrating, for sure.
I hope everybody in the locker room hates losing as a motivation just to stick with it, to stay connected and to figure it out."