Steph Curry: Warriors Have to 'Get Sick of Getting Blown Out' After Lakers LossMarch 16, 2021
Stephen Curry's patience is clearly wearing thin.
The Golden State Warriors guard told reporters his team needs to find its "pride" following Monday's 128-97 rout to the Los Angeles Lakers.
"We've got to play better," Curry said. "We have to develop a winning attitude every single night, and honestly, we've got to get sick of getting blown out, because that's embarrassing. We have to have some pride about how we're playing. You can lose games—that's going to happen—but not like that."
The Warriors have lost five of their last six games, dropping to ninth place in the Western Conference. Curry has become increasingly demonstrative in expressing his frustration with his teammates, including delivering a passionate speech during last week's blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr. have struggled to consistently provide the Warriors with a second scoring punch with Klay Thompson out for the season, and James Wiseman's flashes of talent have only come on occasion. Wiseman's struggles have been made more glaring by the star turn of LaMelo Ball and recent strong play of Anthony Edwards.
"Winning is hard in this league. We all know that, and we all know you can't just show up and momentum's not just going to carry just because you played well the game before," Curry said. "I think it's a collective effort across the board, but it's just an understanding that winning is hard and we talk about the margins and where we are as a team. If you want to beat the good teams, you can't have any cracks in the armor."
The 2020-21 season is somewhat of a referendum on Curry to his critics, who have wondered whether he could single-handedly lead a team to the playoffs like some other stars. Curry's remained spectacular on an individual basis this season, but he hasn't quite been able to coax consistency out of the likes of Wiggins, Oubre and Wiseman.
Perhaps Curry's trying to change that by taking on more of a leadership role.