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The Warriors will be OK because Stephen Curry has never started a season on this kind of scoring spree.

The Hornets and Pistons defeated the Warriors 128-114 on Sunday night, dropping the Golden State Warriors to 3-4 to start the season. Golden State has now lost each of its first seven games of the season by at least 120 points.

The negative trend is that.

Stephen Curry has now scored at least 30 points in six of his first seven games to start the season after scoring 32 points on Sunday. The previous time he accomplished that feat was in 2015–16, when he scored at least 30 points in five of his first seven games.

Curry doesn’t seem to give a damn about this streak, especially with the Warriors doing so poorly. Simply highlighting Curry’s amazing appearance at age 34 is worthwhile. Don’t worry if this Warriors start has you in a panic. Golden State will be in the heart of the title race when the money is spent as long as Curry is still performing at this level.

Between now and then, Steve Kerr has stated that the Warriors will continue to give their young players plenty of opportunities as they balance the race for a top-4 playoff seed with making sure their aging Curry-Draymond Green-Klay Thompson core is fresh in May and hopefully June. On Sunday, Moses Moody, James Wiseman, and Jonathan Kuminga played a combined 56 minutes.

That is not to imply that the Warriors don’t have a lot of cleanup to do. According to Cleaning the Glass, their defense is ranked 21st overall and has the fifth-worst foul rate in the league. Kerr keeps complaining about the fouling. In his postgame press conference on Sunday, he noted the 38 free throws Golden State gave up to Detroit, not necessarily as a result of “blatant hacks,” but rather as a result of weak offensive possessions (he drew attention to the Warriors’ poor shot selection of late) that spilled into disorganized transition defense, leaving the Warriors unable to stop penetration, avoid rotations, and ultimately defend without fouling.

It’s accurate for Kerr to claim that the Warriors appear to be playing “a pick-up game.” It makes sense as well. The Warriors didn’t establish a dynasty by ignoring regular-season routines, but you also can’t expect every night urgency from a club that is clearly pacing itself and is past the point of having anything to prove in the offseason.

So let’s not get too agitated. Give Thompson some time to stabilize his legs. Let’s hope the young men regain their footing (all aboard the Moody bandwagon). Enjoy Curry’s scoring surge while you wait; on Tuesday against Miami, he will attempt to make it seven straight games with at least 30 points.


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