Life without Steph Curry has turned the Warriors into just another team. This was exemplified in their recent home loss to the Spurs, which was followed by Monday’s loss to Magic.
Neither of those teams are going to the playoffs. The Warriors, on the other hand, hope to return to the Finals. But without Curry, well, they are sort of just out there, running around, hoping things go their way.
“I think we’re playing soft,” forward Draymond Green said. “We’re playing stupid. We’re just not playing good basketball and we’re getting punked. It’s hard to win a game getting punked. So that’s where we are right now.”
On the bright side, Curry is expected to return from a foot injury — suffered in a blowout loss to the Celtics — either before the playoffs or in the first round.
But the recent slide goes beyond just missing Curry, Green insisted.
“This has zero to do with Steph,” Green said. “Steph doesn’t bring that level of physicality to the game, nor should he. That’s not his job.”
Coach Steve Kerr added that the Warriors, minus Curry, have to be even more determined than usual.
“We have to be smarter,” Kerr said. “There has to be a level of discipline and accountability, of competitive desire. And, I know these are great guys. I love these guys. I know they want to win. But we have to learn how to win. Right now we don’t know how to win.”