Things are turning from bad to worse for the Golden State Warriors.
This season has been quite the ride for the Golden State Warriors. Entering the year with hopes of proving everyone wrong by competing for a sixth straight NBA Finals appearance, injuries and lackluster performances have catapulted the Dubs to the worst record in the league.
It’s no surprise that in the aftermath of losing Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala, this team would struggle. Combine massive injuries to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and we have a unit made up of former castaways and inexperienced rookies/sophomores.
The first few months of the season were rough. The only silver lining being the emergence of Eric Paschall as a legitimate option and Rising Star. Since then, the Warriors have had little reason for optimism.
For a brief moment, it looked as if the Dubs were going to pull themselves together. In late December, the Warriors won four consecutive games highlighted by a Christmas Day victory over the Houston Rockets.
As we know, things have changed drastically since then. The Warriors have not won a game since 2019 and are in the midst of a 10 game losing streak. This is the longest the franchise has gone without a win since 2002 when Antawn Jamison was their leading scorer and Gilbert Arenas was just a rookie.
The Warriors stand just seven games away from their worst losing streak in franchise history. The record was set in the 1964-65 season when the San Francisco Warriors dropped 17 straight games.
Luckily, the Warriors woes are only historically bad in terms of their own franchise. They are still a long ways off of breaking the all-time record set by the Philadelphia 76ers who recorded an unprecedented 28 straight losses between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 NBA seasons.
Golden State has faced a tough schedule during this stretch, matching up against many potential playoff teams. An excruciating loss in overtime to the second-seeded Denver Nuggets marked their most recent defeat.
The lack of D’Angelo Russell has been a major reason for their struggles. Russell was scoring 27.8 points per game in the six games prior to the injury that held him out for nearly two weeks. The Warriors went 0-6 in his absence.
Even with D-Lo back in the lineup, the Warriors have not been able to find success. His ninth 30 point performance this season was wasted in a 20 point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Paschall, the Warriors beam of hope, has been in a slump recently. He is averaging only 10.6 points on 28.6 percent shooting from deep in his last nine games. It’s not uncommon for a rookie to hit a wall during his first season and hopefully, Paschall will hit his stride again soon.
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As a whole, the Warriors will hopefully hit their stride again. Stephen Curry’s return is on the horizon with Klay Thompson likely to hit the court again next season. A fully healthy Warriors squad will be interesting and certainly erase the pain this season has brought.