That was on display during a loss to the Kings on Sunday, when the defending champions fell to 0-7 on the road.
“We’re not a team right now where we can afford to let guys make mistakes,” coach Steve Kerr said, via Thompson. “We’re not good enough to withstand a lot of mistakes.”
As Thompson pointed out, the Warriors have not received consistent contributions from the likes of Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, or even Jordan Poole, who signed a four-year contract extension in October. And former No. 2 pick James Wiseman has fallen almost completely out of the rotation.
- Klay Thompson has been struggling with his shot, though did hit a biggie in a win over the Cavaliers in the fourth quarter last week. He said on Instagram that it should continue to improve. “My belief is stronger than your doubt. I PROMISE you it’s coming,” he wrote. “And when it does, the floodgates will open.”
- Things seem better this season under first-year Kings coach Mike Brown, and rookie forward Keegan Murray said there’s a reason for that. “We’re all bought in,” Murray told reporters. “We know we can compete with any team in the league.”
- The Kings last made the playoffs in 2006, prior to the invention of the iPhone. Though they seemingly are ready to make a run at the play-in tournament, at least, this year.
- Sacramento is still having issues from the free-throw line, however. Entering Sunday, they were hitting just 77 percent of their foul shots (and were 12-of-19 on Sunday).
Along with the Jazz, the Trail Blazers have been a pleasant surprise in the West, as evidenced by a recent six-game trip in which they won four.
“I thought overall, it was a great trip to go 4-2 against all these really good teams on the road,” coach Chauncey Billups said, via Conor Bergen of SB Nation. “It was awesome. I thought we built a lot of character on this trip and I’m proud of our guys.”
Added star guard Damian Lillard: “Obviously if you told us we was gonna go 4-2 when we left Portland, we would’ve said, ‘we’ll take it.'”