Steph Curry is cold. The Warriors followed in their star’s footsteps in Dallas on Wednesday night with the worst offensive of the season.
Golden State missed 23 of its 28 attempts in a 99–82 loss to 3, the worst clip of the season. The Warriors held Dallas off the ground by 37%, but were carried on by shooting struggles of their own. Dallas put the game on the ice with a 20-5 run to end the fourth quarter.
Coach Steve Kerr later said, “I thought we ran out of gas in the fourth quarter.”
The Warriors scored only 39 points in the first half – three shy of season-low – but were able to erase an early 14-point deficit. Within minutes into the fourth quarter, he had almost matched his total for the first half. Then the crime fell silent again.
Golden State was able to get out of not one hole but two.
Curry finished a reverse layup with 8:19, which pulled the Warriors to within a point of 76-75. They were Curry’s last 14 points and Golden State’s last until Wiggins lay down with 3:50 and the Warriors were back in the double-digit hole, a scoreless stretch that lasted 4 minutes, 29 seconds. runs. Two laps from Wiggins was the only basket of Warriors between Curry on the 8:19 mark and one in trash time from Quindry Weatherspoon.
Kerr said it is possible that Curry will not play in New Orleans on Thursday after suffering a quad injury against Dallas. Curry said he was not looking forward to his chance to play.
The Warriors’ two worst offensive performances have come in their last four matches, after scoring 86 against Denver last week. However, in between, they turned in back-to-back games of 39 assists, the first NBA team to do so since 1994. On Wednesday, he made 20 assists, but was offered fewer opportunities with 33 makes on 81 shots (40.7%). ,
Curry missed 19 of his 24 attempts off the field and gave a cold snap to all except his nine beyond the 3-point line, one of the worst ranks of his career. Curry was restricted to 37.9% shooting in his last 15 games entering Wednesday.
“Everybody is throwing everything at him,” Kerr said. “I think he pressed a little tonight.”
Even in the coldest phase of his career, Curry’s mere presence affects the game. He caught the attention of his defenders, then checked them, for a wide-open 3-pointer from Wiggins that pulled the Warriors to within two, 56-54, at the start of the third quarter.
Wiggins found Curry, who delivered two buckets over the next 48 seconds, helping the Warriors come out of a 14-point deficit. Golden State scored 16-0, which reversed the game coming out of the locker room and set the stage for a fight in the second half.
While Curry is working through his shot, the Warriors aren’t completely devoid of deadly 3-point threats: Wiggins, who was the only Golden State player with as many 3s (2-of-5), won the NBA game on Wednesday. led. Last 15 games with a 53.6% hit rate from a distance.
Nothing was falling on Wednesday, though: The Warriors scored their lowest 3-pointers of the season at their least efficient clip. The final tally was 5-for-28 (17.9%).
With Klay Thompson approaching a return to the court, Golden State will have another long-range sharpshooter in their arsenal. In anticipation of Thompson’s arrival, Jordan Poole slipped into a reserve role for the third straight game, but it was hard to match his performance that cut short Curry’s unusually cold night on Monday.
Poole dropped 32 against Miami, adding 12 of his 17 attempts off the bench while helping a poor Heat squad catch on. Against Dallas, the Warriors were left looking for alternate options from Wiggins (17 points; 7-of-13) and Curry (14 points; 5-of-24).
Gary Peyton II, who started in Poole’s place, recorded a double – the third of his career – with 11 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. It took Patton five tries to make five baskets, while Curry’s fifth shot didn’t drop until his 22nd attempt.