Kurtenbach: Getting to the bottom of what’s ailing the struggling Warriors

The Warriors have lost four of five games and Thursday’s shellacking at the hands of the Bucks was, unquestionably, the worst loss of the season.

How’s a 77-38 halftime deficit work for you?

Yes, the Dubs are scuffling. But there’s no reason to press the panic button just, and the good news is that it can truly only go up from this point.

I’m a firm believer that things are going to be fine for Golden State. They were an outstanding team for three months. A week-long struggle doesn’t negate that — especially considering the circumstances at hand.

But there are a few things this team needs to correct if they want to look like that team from 2021 here in 2022.

It starts, as all things with the Warriors do, with Steph Curry.

Cold as ice (by his standards)
 (AP Photo/LM Otero) 

The Warriors have the 26th ranked offense in the NBA over the last 15 games, which dates back to the game in New York where Curry broke the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers made record.

Prior to that game, the Warriors had an offensive rating of 112, good for fourth in the league. Since then, the Warriors have posted an offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) of 107.

Five points per 100 possessions have disappeared and that is the difference between fourth-best and fifth-worst.

Three of those missing points can be attributed to Curry.

Before he set the record, Curry was the league’s MVP favorite, averaging 27 points per game on 43 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

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Those numbers have dipped. Not by a lot, but by enough for it to be noticeable in the Warriors’ offensive output. Curry has shot 39 percent from the floor over the last 15 games and a barely-above-break-even 34 percent from beyond the arc.

Curry has an effective field goal percentage — a stat he helped make a now-common denominator for offensive success — below 50 percent since New York.

That’s not even close to acceptable for him or, really, anyone else. Curry, at his best, is around the 60 percent range in that stat. Russell Westbrook — who built a second Bricktown neighborhood in Oklahoma City and is revitalizing downtown Los Angeles with his bad shooting now — hangs out in the sub-50 percent range.

Or, for two more readily available comparisons, Curry is shooting like Jonathan Kuminga and Andre Iguodala have all season.

Not good.

Will it last?

Of course not. He’s Steph Curry.

But the longer it goes on, the longer the Warriors’ offense is going to stink.

Boom! All we need to do now is find another missing basket.

Empty Poole/Where’s Wiggs?
(Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 
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