These past few games have been a thorny series of events for Golden State Warriors.
To make things clear, injury and health misfortunes have been the cause of their recent struggles. Steph Curry may not see time on earth until after the end of the calendar. Andrew Wiggins is about to return from his close bloodline, but his presence has been sorely missed. Whatever you think of Donte DiVincenzo and JaMychal Green, they are still living bodies that provide a certain level of NBA efficiency.
Klay Thompson’s struggles are well documented, while Jordan Paul’s performance is getting waning and waning. Draymond Green can only do so much as someone who essentially sets the table rather than someone who actively participates in her goods.
Somewhere along the way, the process that became the formula behind winning a championship was lost. Addressing the numbers and taking care of the extra dollars seems important to the organization’s front office and ownership. They are more than empowered to manage their finances and bottom line as best they see fit – but that doesn’t mean the consequences of such sacrifices won’t be felt.
There was always the risk of the Warriors collapsing in a scenario where Curry saw a significant amount of wasted time. He’s the lifeblood of the team in more ways than one, a larger-than-life figure who has come to define the team’s rise – once fortunate for what seemed like a permanent one.
Without Carey, everything feels listless, absent of joy and energy, and quite frankly — devoid of meaning. No analysis method – eye test, advanced stats, etc. – can provide even a small piece of the silver lining.
Offensive combos are losing their appeal, which means Warriors have to work extra hard to generate effective shots—that is, if the possessions haven’t already moved into self-creation contests of late.
The above possession resulted in points, though not without an initial struggle. Poole – The only offensive threat considered dangerous by Brooklyn Networks He is heavily guarded. With only five seconds left on the shot clock, the Warriors find a loophole in the Nets’ all-switch scheme: a slip of the cut screen by Green.
The numbers speak for themselves. The Warriors have outscored opponents by 7.0 points per 100 possessions during Curry’s 894 minutes on the ground this season. Without him, they were outpaced by 12.1 points per 100 possessions. That’s huge 19.1 points per 100 team possessions It literally spells out the difference between the best point difference in the league and the worst.
The 30-7-7 baseline—backed by a ridiculous 59/43/92 (2P/3P/FT) shooting split—is impossible to replace—let alone repeat. His 66.8 TS percentage – taking nearly 12 triples per game – is an unprecedented marriage of scoring size and scoring efficiency. In terms of a plus-minus estimate—a widely accepted comprehensive measure that provides a near-accurate measure of an individual’s influence—Carey plus-7.7 EPM He is bested only by Nikola Jokic (plus 7.9).
In the four games Curry missed after suffering a dislocated left shoulder, the Warriors put up the following numbers:
- 110.0 offensive rating (23rd over the period)
- 124.8 defensive rating (30)
- minus -14.8 net rating (30)
For a group that needs its best player on the ground for at least 30+ minutes per game, the numbers above are a sobering reminder that the Warriors’ success — past, present, and the near future — depends on Curry’s availability. As such, the only schedule the Warriors will ever have to worry about is one that puts Curry as a top priority.
Which brings us to the current two-timeline plan and how much of a stalemate it turned out to be.
James Wiseman, Jonathan Cuminga, Moses Moody, Patrick Baldwin Jr., and Ryan Rollins occupy a third of the Warriors’ roster space, but they each have a varying level of NBA readiness.
Kuminga’s expandability as a wing defender – along with his natural athleticism and pop – earned him experience and turnover minutes. Modi has seen his share of rotations in and out of formations but appears ready to contribute whenever he gets the chance.
Baldwin Jr. And Rollins are rookies — as such, they’re lower order and seem unwilling to see meaningful minutes as mainstays at the NBA level.
Wiseman has been one roller coaster ride. Injuries and limited college play have held him back from delegates and time on the floor. The G League reps helped him see the time against the corpses — but those didn’t face NBA-caliber competition.
Another sobering reminder came in New York’s back-to-back trip against Nix And the Networks: The Warriors are in desperate need of NBA-level contributors across the board; By having a large portion of their roster occupied by players who may be years away from being NBA-level contributors (some even years away from It’s been years away), they could pawn the present for a future that may never come.
The odds of this future appearance may be slim, but the Flashes have been up against the networks. It’s hard to disguise the stench of sudden defeat with any kind of perfume, but if there’s any positive to take away from the game, it’s the promise of what their youth could be like – if they can become consistently competent.
Wiseman finished with 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting. While the Warriors still held a 12-point lead during his minutes, he showed what a mobile big man can become. One thing to like about his performance is how he manages to beat smaller defenders on the backline’s switches and seals, which have taken advantage of the Nets’ smaller lineups and penchant for switching ball screens.
Aggression and purpose, or lack of it, were one of Weizmann’s biggest criticisms, so it’s nice to see him show the kind of pride a big man in the NBA should have, even if the process behind it isn’t perfect in any way. .
Moody’s is always willing to contribute. He finished with 17 points on 11 shots, including a 3-of-5 clip from outside the arc. He’s currently 29 out of 72 in triples for the season – 40.3%. Although this translates to a low production volume in terms of terms per game (2.6 triples), it’s enough to think that Moody has potential as a 3D suites specialist.
Being a positional threat with the occasional shooting chop is crucial whenever an advantage is being built. Modi will be counted on to finalize those benefits and ensure that these efforts are not in vain.
Another small piece who shone against the Nets — albeit in the face of a huge deficit and during trash time — was Patrick Baldwin Jr., who finished with 17 points on 10 shots, including a 5-of-8 clip on threes.
It’s hard to miss the Baldwin Jr. collection. Of size, length and nice shooting strokes. Traits like these make his skill special, with potential for compatibility advantages that can pressure opposing defenses in a variety of ways.
It remains to be seen how he’ll fare defensively against NBA-level competition – he’s seen a very valuable few minutes in the NBA to properly assess his staying power that way – but if he can become a competent defender in his position, there may be no. He doubted his ability to contribute in the future, whether as a member of the Warriors or another team.
Despite these flashes, they’re still not enough to cover up what was a rather tumultuous turn of A-list events. The Warriors still have the league’s best five-man lineup: Curry, Thompson, Wiggins, Green and Kevon Looney outpace opponents through 23 points for every 100 possessions Best of 12 five-man squad with at least 195 minutes scored.
All formations other than rookies struggled mightily: collectively they were outperformed by nearly 4.0 points per 100 possessions.
This speaks to the Warriors’ damaged depth compared to last season, with a veteran bench staff that wasn’t as strong and integrated and a youth plan that went awry. With the trade season underway in full swing (in theory, at least) and the trade deadline approaching, the Warriors have a choice to make.
Do they continue to plot the future without the talent of a generation and arguably the 10 best basketball player of all time? Or do they hold the future in trade discussions to see if a rebuilding or scrimmaging team trades veteran NBA-level contributors for a couple of reset buttons?
With Carrey and the kind of stellar supporting cast he has now, the latter seems like the most logical choice.