The Golden State Warriors spent four nights in New York before heading to Milwaukee on Friday afternoon to play against the Bucks.
Usually, for NBA teams on the road, living in a city is a good choice. But this is a weird and challenging time. The Warriors follow the league’s coronavirus protocol. They did not venture out of the hotel except for going to the Nets to practice in the season opener at the Barclays Center and being welcomed by the Nets.
Coach Steve Kerr tried to set a good example for his players. On Wednesday night, he called his son Nick, one of the team’s main video coordinators, and he was trapped in a room near the team’s hotel: Does he want to get together to order some rooms? Serve and watch the game on TV?
The Warriors’ challenge is not the only one. Every team responds to the same situation. But so far, teams outside of Houston have rarely experienced tough times.
The glorious, not so distant past of Golden State is gradually disappearing. It is too early to make any generalizations or draw any terrible conclusions. but: kes! For a team that seems to be going through a few months of growing pains, two games and two blowout losses.
“We need to win,” Warriors’ Stephen Curry said after the Bucks lost 138-99. “immediately.”
Last Friday was so bad for the Warriors that Antetokounmpo dunked them in the fourth quarter, but not Giannis. Two-time MVP brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo sprung up in the lead and spent a few minutes wasting time for the Bucks.
Kerr said that what made him most frustrated was that the Warriors had gone through two days of solid training before appearing in court and “not doing much.”
Cole said: “We are just scattered now.” “It feels like we are part of a series of activities.”
For both players, this is a nightmare, they will largely determine whether the Warriors are a playoff team. Kelly Oubre Jr. was acquired by Klay Thompson in a trade after being injured for the second consecutive season, but he missed his 11 three-pointers. And Andrew Wiggins (Andrew Wiggins) has shot 10 from 34 from the field, starting his first full season with the Warriors.
Kerr said: “Over time, it will disappear completely.” “Kelly will be fine. Andrew will be fine. These two people are recognized players in this league.”
The NBA’s schedule makers are not helping the Warriors: two championship contenders are burdened with their journey this season. Before Thompson lost the game this season, both games were considered a racetrack. But without Thompson, the Warriors are different. This is obvious, but it should be emphasized.
Draymond Green is another core member of the Warriors Championship, but he has not made his first appearance due to a foot injury. On Friday, Green jumped off the bench wearing street clothes and a mask to share his defensive wisdom with the team’s first-year center James Wiseman. Wiseman has always been one of the bright spots of the team, averaging 50% points per game, averaging 18.5 points and 7 rebounds per game. He made 3 of 4 three-pointers against the Bucks.
Wiseman said: “The game started to slow down for me,” Wiseman said, considering that he has participated in two games in his career, this has been said a lot.
Kerr suggested that when the Warriors visit the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, Green might be the starting lineup. The Bulls are neither the Nets nor the Bucks, so maybe a trip to Chicago can be a more realistic measure of the Warriors’ position in the NBA ecosystem this season.
Even so, the first two games still remind us that it is not the Warriors who have reached the NBA Finals five consecutive times between the 2014-15 and 2018-19 seasons without three titles. These are not because the Warriors won 24 consecutive games at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, or ended the season with a 73-9 record, which is the best in NBA history.
No, these Warriors have won 15 games in 561 days since reaching the finals last time. There are only five players left on the team. Injuries and roster turnover caused huge losses. Last season, they did not have Thompson and Curry (they missed five games but missed all games) and fell to the league’s worst record.
On Friday, when asked about Curry (this is one of several clues that the team has linked to the championship battle), he was asked how he treats his young teammates.
He said: “This year is different. Don’t put any pressure on the Warriors in the past. Obviously, we have the DNA of a champion and we understand the expectations of the entire organization. This is what we want. But this year is different. This is a group of newcomers. We hope to perform better in the last two games, but this does not define our season.”
There are some reasons for optimism. The schedule will be relaxed. Green will be unified. Probably in the near future Oubre will hit a three-pointer. There is also a long-term view: Thompson is retraining (hope to participate again next season).
But now, his return feels as far away as the team’s championship.