Reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors have had a rocky start to the season, especially on the road. The Warriors have a 3-7 record through ten games and are 0-6 on the road. This includes a 5-game road trip where the Dubs went o-fer against the Hornets, Pistons, Heat, Magic, and Pelicans. Klay Thompson described it as “the road trip from hell.”
Despite the alarming losses and their incomplete defensive performances thus far, Steve Kerr isn’t pushing the panic button just yet.
“There are times in the NBA season when things can go off the rails a little bit,” Kerr said, per ESPN. “A big part of being a great team, being a solid organization, is just understanding how to work through that.”
Last season, the Warriors had a 2-9 slump that stretched from February to March, but they went on to win the championship a few months later. Things change quickly in the NBA.
Draymond Green said a few days ago that the Warriors can’t fix all their problems right now, but they need to zero in on their biggest ones. At the moment, the biggest problem is the defense. The Warriors rank 25th in the NBA in points per shot allowed in transition and 23rd in field goal percentage allowed in transition, according to Second Spectrum tracking. Last season, they allowed the lowest field goal percentage in transition.
Golden State is also 24th in defensive rebounding after being sixth last year.
The Warriors Dynasty has had its fair share of ups and downs (mainly ups), but it is reasonable to surmise that they will bounce back and reclaim their excellence.
“We just need to bring more of a sense of urgency,” Thompson said. “We had a long run last year, but 2022 is over. It’s time to kick into high gear and play that championship level of basketball that we’re used to. I fully expect us to do that.”
The Warriors, just like every other NBA team, will play tonight and get a chance to end their losing streak.