SAN FRANCISCO – Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry desperately needs help from his teammates.
And his team knows it.
“There’s no question we need scoring and playmaking elsewhere,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Curry dropped 38 points in the Warriors’ 116-110 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night – his sixth 30-point game this season. Meanwhile, he has only had a teammate score at least 20 points once: Dario Saric against the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 3rd.
According to ESPN’s Statistics & Information, Curry has also outscored every other Warriors player by at least five points in all 11 games this season. This is the longest streak at the start of a season since Michael Jordan in 1987/88 (11).
According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, Saturday marked the fifth time in 11 games that Curry passed his closest teammate in scoring. That’s more often than in the entire last season.
Golden State is sorely missing the additional scoring of Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, who finished with 16 and six points, respectively, and both got off to slow starts this season.
“There has always been a certain approach to protecting ourselves. “We’ve known for years where the attention would be,” Curry said. “Usually we try to overwhelm me in a pick-and-roll, stay tight with Klay… Whatever the case, we have to make adjustments. We can’t just keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.”
“It’s not panic or anything,” Curry continued. “It’s just a matter of getting a little smarter and a little more organized.”
According to Draymond Green, the responsibility to better organize the group falls to him and Chris Paul.
“Chris [and I] “We need to do a better job of making sure we get on board with this,” Green said. “If Steph gets it going, he’ll get it going.” He just moves. It’s up to us to recognize that and learn how to use it to achieve other guys’ looks too.”
Going into this young season, it seemed like the Warriors were finally in a position to not only survive, but potentially thrive in the non-Curry minutes this season because the team was on the bench. These efforts were and are led by Paul.
Golden State ranks sixth in bench scoring with 41.1 points per game, but has been inefficient, ranking 24th in the league in field goal percentage (42.1%) and 25th in 3-point shooting (30.5%).
However, since the Warriors began six home games on Saturday, it has been difficult to generate offense outside of Curry.
According to Green, it’s not because the Warriors are still trying to figure out their game or their new roster. Outbreaks occurred, particularly during the five games after they lost their first game of the season.
Rather, it just depends on the execution.
“We as players have to do better,” Green said. “When we play well, the players deserve the credit… when we play badly, the players have to take the blame too. We can come here and point fingers… At the end of the day, we play basketball and it’s ours [job] to find out and play better.
A few days before Sunday’s game, Kerr said there were no immediate plans to change his lineups or rotations. But after the loss to Minnesota – in which his freshmen Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson Davis almost gave them a chance to win in the final minutes – Kerr didn’t seem closed to the idea of a change.
“I like everyone I play against, but when we’re in trouble, we have to have people out there to give us a spark,” Kerr said.
“All sorts of adjustments are on the table for us,” Curry added. “When you lose three times in a row you have to make adjustments. I don’t know if it’s a rotation thing or what, but everything is on the table and everyone has to be ready to step in.”