Tough times have plagued the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors lately. Even after getting their main star back in Stephen Curry, they haven’t looked like the dominant side that has won three championships over the past four seasons. Still, they’re 21-11 and just one game out of first place. But that’s not good enough. Not for Curry or anybody else. And he knows why they’re struggling.
Curry would miss 11 games due to a groin strain, which saw his team go 5-6 during that stretch. After a 108-103 loss against the Utah Jazz, he says that the team is close to returning to a dominant form. He acknowledges that there’s still work to be done, though.
“A lot of it’s just getting our edge and a chip on our shoulder,” Curry told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “Having that vibe when you walk on the floor like we know what we’re about to do. Right now, we’re still thinking a little biting trying to figure it out, but we’re close. … We’re close, and obviously you want to stay healthy , and that’s the bigger part of trying to continue to build momentum, night in, night out, what we can expect when we’re out there on the floor.”
Golden State (21-11) still remain one of the favorites to win this year’s championship despite losing 11 games this early for the first time since the 2014 season under Steve Kerr. They’ll need Curry and defensive star Draymond Green to stay healthy if they’re going to accomplish a three-peat.
“We’re going to continue to get that chemistry, playing Warrior basketball that we know how to play,” Curry added. “We’ve talked about it every year. Every year’s different. Every year’s going to have different challenges and present a different journey. But at the end of the day, we know what type of team we are. I think we’re all bought in to what it’s going to take to redefine that dominance.”
Up next, Steph and the Warriors will host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. As of this writing, they’re off to a surprisingly solid start at 15-14. Across 21 games this season, Curry is averaging 29 points per game on 50.1 percent shooting. He’s also shooting a league-best 47.7 percent from long range. Add it all up and you get an effective field goal rate of 63.1 percent. If the season ended today, that’d be a career-high.