Warriors have 1st 10-game losing streak since 2002
Everyone knows the Golden State Warriors are far from their league-conquering days and are expected to lose a lot more games in this off-year. However, only a few expected the team to mightily struggle this season as they hit a new low against the Denver Nuggets.
The Athletic’s Anthony Slater noted after their heartbreaking overtime defeat that they have lost for ten straight games. It was a losing streak that they have not experienced in almost two decades.
The Warriors have lost 10 straight games for the first time since March of 2002 pic.twitter.com/Fg6AXwCvWj
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 17, 2020
A quick review of the games should tell you all that you need to know about the current situation the Dubs are in. They mightily struggled against teams far from playoff contention like the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings. However, they somehow kept it competitive against playoff teams like the LA Clippers and the Denver Nuggets.
The main reason for their struggles is obvious: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were instrumental during the five-year stretch the Warriors enjoyed. The threat that they can score any time from any spot in the court makes defending them a nightmare. Their absence from the court makes the Warriors a lot easier to control.
D’Angelo Russell is doing everything he can to help the team. He’s averaging 23.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.2 assists as the clear leader of the Warriors. While Draymond Green is still with the team, his impact is less profound in the absence of Curry and Thompson. The lack of quality shot creators in the Warriors roster is also a glaring problem for Steve Kerr.
These problems should definitely be absolved once the Warriors get the Splash Brothers back. Until then, it’s likely that these Warriors will continue to tank in their debut season at the Chase Center.