The Warriors have hit a new low point in the 2023-24 season.
As Golden State trailed by as many as 41 points in a wire-to-wire loss to New Orleans in front of a national TV audience, boos began to rain down on the home team for a second straight game. Well before the final buzzer sounded, fans began exiting the Chase Center as the Warriors would ultimately suffer a 141-105 loss to fall to 17-20 on the season.
“I don’t even know what to say about it because you don’t want to be prisoners of the moment,” Stephen Curry said when asked about the booing postgame. “We’re obviously struggling and there’s nothing to really cheer about so, the opposite of cheering is booing. You might as well.
“I don’t take it any certain type of way. Honestly, I’m booing myself. Booing our team in my head because of the way we’re playing. … Fans are going to react the way they want, it’s our job to give them something to cheer about.”
“Honestly, I’m booing myself. Booing our team in my head because of the way we’re playing.”
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In the loss, Curry finished with 15 points (on 4-of-13 shooting) in 25 minutes of action. Since storming out to a 6-2 start to the season, Golden State has lost 18 of 29 games, went 2-5 during its most recent homestand and is currently on the outside looking in at the Western Conference playoff picture.
Given the standard of excellence the franchise has established over the past decade, the fans’ disgruntlement makes sense. And while Curry spoke from a place of understanding the fans’ frustrations, Klay Thompson sang somewhat of a different tune postgame.
“I don’t care,” Thompson quickly said of being booed two games in a row. “What, are we supposed to lose sleep over it?”
The Warriors’ struggles stem from ongoing issues with their lineups and rotations as well as a rash of injuries that continue to plague the team.
With Chris Paul already sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing hand surgery, Moses Moody, who was one of very few bright spots in the loss to New Orleans, was forced to exit with a leg injury. In addition to the aforementioned guards, Draymond Green is still ramping up his conditioning after being reinstated from an indefinite suspension.
Because of a decimated rotation, head coach Steve Kerr described his team’s current state as “fragile,” adding that screaming and yelling might not be the best way to get through to his team right now. Kerr made sure to add that if things continue to devolve, there may need to be a change in approach.
As the Warriors look to turn things around, they hope to welcome Green back into the lineup during a four-game road trip that includes visits to the Bulls, Bucks, Grizzlies and Jazz.
Source : ESPN.com