This is not a time to feel content.
The Golden State Warriors, once soaring above expectations, have dropped off of late, including losses in four of their last five games—the worst stretch of the season.
Warriors veteran guard Jarrett Jack shared perspective following the team’s most recent fall, a blowout loss to Miami on Wednesday.
“Coach made a great point, nobody picked us to do anything, we’re exceeding every expectation or lack there of,” Jack said. “There is no need to hang our head, but nor are we satisfied with where we are right now.”
The Warriors still remain fifth in the Western Conference as the season heads closer to its halfway point.
“One thing I told them is that we build a cushion, not to fight off everybody; we build a cushion to build another one,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.
Tonight, the Warriors (23-14) travel to face the San Antonio Spurs (30-11), owners of the third-best record in the West.
The Warriors are 11-8 on the road this season. Since their incredible seven-game December road trip that featured six wins, the Warriors are just 1-3 on the road. The Spurs are 17-2 at home this season.
“Every team in the league pretty much goes through peaks and valleys,” Jack said. “How deep and how high those peaks and valleys are all are relative to every ball club. We have a chance going to San Antonio to correct it and get back to our style of play.”
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Stephen Curry, who missed Wednesday night's game with a sprained right ankle, is out indefinitely, though he did make the trip to San Antonio. Curry did not practice on Thursday and is considered day-to-day and a game-time decision.
We’re talking about practice
After Wednesday night’s loss to Miami, Jack talked about the need to use Thursday’s practice to get better. Apparently, it wasn’t just talk.
“Practice was intense,” Jack said following Thursday morning’s practice. “We haven’t been playing the way we would like as of late. So we just wanted to come in here and get in a good hard day’s work before we get on this road to go down and play in a tough building in San Antonio.”
Klay Thompson has struggled in his last five games, shooting just 27 percent from three-point range and 37.7 percent from the field. In his last three games, he is averaging 4.7 turnovers.
Thompson had shot 44.8 percent from three-point range and averaged just 1.3 turnovers per game during December.
“He has been struggling, I believe in him and he has to fight his way out of this thing,” Jackson said after Wednesday’s loss to the Heat in which Thompson scored two points on 1-for-8 shooting.
“Call it what it is and move forward. The way to get out of this thing is to be the first one in the gym and the last one to leave. Keep on grinding and keep on doing the other things. He’s going to be fine, I believe in him and as a team and an organization we feel the same way.”
Neither David Lee nor Stephen Curry, as expected, was voted as All-Star Game starters. Each still has a legitimate shot at being named as one of the seven Western Conference All-Star reserves, as voted on by NBA coaches.
Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin were voted in by fan balloting to start for the Western Conference. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett will start for the Eastern Conference.
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Stephen Curry will be a game-time decision against the Spurs tonight. (AP)
This is not a time to feel content.