The Golden State Warriors are currently going through a bad streak and their fans and players aren’t happy with the situation. The Dubs were having a good moment in the association but things have changed in the past couple of days, with the team suffering a painful loss against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday by only five points.
That marked the fourth loss in the last five games for the Warriors and the biggest question of the night was: is Steph Curry frustrated with his minutes? Well, no, according to head coach Steve Kerr, who stated that Curry is a mature man and he knows what this season is all about for the team. After the game was over, Kerr talked with the media and revealed his thoughts on this situation.
“I’m into the long game. We’re counting on having Steph here a long time — many, many years ahead … so we’re going to stay very disciplined and try to keep him at that 34, 35-minute mark,” Steve Kerr explained, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
Asked Steve Kerr postgame about Steph Curry’s minute totals. He remained firm that they’ll hold him to 34, 35ish on a nightly basis and not chase wins. Here’s the full quote. pic.twitter.com/jWHNvi26Z8
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 9, 2021
“Steph’s a grown-up. He’s an incredible teammate. He has full awareness of what we’re doing right now and what this season is about…Steph’s not frustrated. He doesn’t like to lose, he’s a big-time competitor, but he’ll hang in,” the Warriors tactician added, per Nick Friedell of ESPN.
Kerr noted he doesn’t think Curry is frustrated. “Steph’s a grown up. He’s an incredible teammate. He has full awareness of what we’re doing right now and what this season is about…Steph’s not frustrated. He doesn’t like to lose, he’s a big time competitor, but he’ll hang in.”
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 9, 2021
Curry also spoke on the Warriors’ recent losses, stating that “losing sucks” and they don’t want to be in that position more often than they are right now.
“Losing sucks. We all know that. No matter what the reason is, you can kind of nitpick each game. Turnover, fouls, or offensive rebounds, or whatever the case is, it leads to a loss. So we don’t want to be in a situation where we get used to the losing feeling. That’s not who we are. That’s not what we’re about,” Curry said.
“Losing sucks… We don’t want to get in a situation where we get used to a losing feeling. That’s not who we are. That’s not what we’re about.” pic.twitter.com/bRjf6gpYgz
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He also explained that the Dubs couldn’t get the job done in the last quarter of the game, which left the door open for the Spurs to finish the job.
“Down the stretch, just have to get it done for a myriad of reasons so. It is frustrating, obviously no secret about that. Walking off the court was one of those weird nights where it was back and forth and we had momentum in the fourth, and they made a couple more plays down the stretch. Tough night.”
Golden State currently ranks 9th in the Western Conference, one game behind the Denver Nuggets. Curry is trying to lead this team to compete this year and he’s had very impressive performances so far. However, they’ll need more than that to reach the next level.