The Golden State Warriors seemed to have calmed the worries that were started by a six-game losing streak around the All-Star break by winning three straight, including an impressive overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs, the team with the best record in the NBA. However, those worries have risen again now that the Warriors have lost their last four games. Surprisingly, one of their most reliable players, David Lee, has been a huge factor in Golden State’s current skid.
Lee has had one of the best seasons of his career this year, averaging 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and a career-high 3.8 assists per game while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor. There’s no denying that he’s been massive in the success that the 33-27 Warriors have had this season.
But over their last four games, Lee hasn’t been the same player, particularly offensively. He missed their game against the New York Knicks due to a suspension resulting from his shoving match turned brawl with Roy Hibbert. Then, in the three games that he was on the floor for, he averaged just 11.7 points per game and shot an abysmal 38.5 percent from the field.
For a team that relies so heavily on their offense to win them games, the Warriors need everybody on their team to score at a consistently efficient level. Lee is undoubtedly their primary scorer in the post, so for him to only be scoring at 38.5 percent efficiency is unacceptable.
If the Warriors want to be one of the top-four seeds in the Western Conference or even avoid potentially falling out of the NBA playoffs entirely, they have to get more consistent production from Lee. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are obviously extremely talented offensive players, but Golden State needs post-scoring, particularly from Lee, to be successful.