Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors have been critiqued for their less than stellar play to start the season, but that doesn’t bother them.
Following the Warriors’ first win of the season Monday night, Curry spoke on his team’s critics, emphasizing how the Warriors are working to grow throughout the season.
“Everybody loves to label you when you’re down or when you’re losing,” Curry said, per ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “That’s easy. It’s easy to get on TV and say whatever you want. It’s easy to just throw darts at a team that’s trying to figure it out based on how much success we’ve had. I hope people can start to see through that and understand what we’re about as a team and what we’re going to build toward. That’s basically it. If you want to get on and say whatever you want to say, and fill that 24-hour news cycle, that’s cool with us. We’re still going to hoop and just play basketball.”
The Warriors dropped their first two games of the season, but they showed a potential positive trend with their win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. The Warriors shot a season-high 49% from the field and 40% from three.
Curry and D’Angelo Russell combined for 50 points. Draymond Green had his 23rd regular season triple double, scoring 16 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and tallying 10 assists.
It’s understandable the Warriors have been faced with criticism. They haven’t played well, but perhaps some of that criticism is rooted in surprise.
Though the Warriors are no longer a top-tier team, they still have good players in Curry, Russell and Green. At the beginning of the season, the thinking was that Golden State could remain competitive despite Klay Thompson being out with a left ACL injury and Kevin Durant joining the Brooklyn Nets in free agency.
But at the same time, Golden State has nine players who are 23 or younger, too. Having youth and some new faces has created a transition period for the Warriors, and it will take time for them to develop as a unit.