The conventional wisdom around the league has been “at some point the Warriors will get healthy, start to care, flip the switch and destroy the league when it matters.”
But with each loss — like the one Thursday against James Harden and the Rockets — the questions have started to pile up. What is wrong with the Warriors? Are they broken? Can they flip the switch again?
Steve Kerr thinks they can, but owns up to the fact they have not yet. Via Monte Poole at NBC Sports Bay Area.
“If you asked every guy on this team, and every coach, we would all agree that we haven’t played to our potential yet,” Kerr said after shootaround Saturday. “The other night was a good example of that….
“We just haven’t gotten to the point where we know what to expect from our group, night in and night out,” Kerr said. “We’ve just been a little bit of a roller-coaster ride the whole first half of the season.
“Some of that has to do with injuries, some of that has to do with the fact that we haven’t built the momentum that can come through consistent play and attention to detail. That’s what we have to get to, and I’m confident we’ll get there.”
The Warriors are still immensely talented, and they have been good — a 25-14 record, with the second best offense in the league — but the two-time defending champions are not measured against “not bad,” they are measured against their own 73-win standards. This team is not those Warriors. These Warriors are not as deep, and certainly not as focused during the regular season.
Kerr went on to say it’s not one thing, but a lot of little, interconnected things that are holding the Warriors back. Their defense has not been consistent, and that impacts their ability to run and get easy buckets, and the bench is not providing the same spark.
But we’re not halfway through the season yet. And DeMarcus Cousins has yet to suit up for the Warriors. There is plenty of time to get things right.
It’s not too early to ask questions, however. And there are a lot of them around the Warriors.