Coming into the season, the Golden State Warriors looked like one of the true powerhouses in the West. With a record of just 14-13 at this point, though, that particular label has flown far, far away. What’s been the biggest reason for the Warriors’ mediocre play?
Golden State is second to last in the league and averaging over 17 turnovers per game.
Come playoff time, there will be teams like the San Antonio Spurs (4th ranked defense) and Oklahoma City Thunder (9th ranked defense) who have the mindset of beating you up defensively. The Warriors cannot afford to play the way they have this season and expect to win a series against, well, not only those two teams but anybody for that matter.
Ironically enough, the Warriors just got done playing San Antonio this past week and lost by just two points. However, Golden State turned the ball over 24 times. Had the Spurs not been without their big three, the Warriors likely would have been blown out with the way they took care of the basketball.
The problem with the Warriors and their turnovers lies with their two most important players: Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala. Both Curry and Iguodala are first and second on the team in turnovers per game — that can’t happen from guys like this. Curry is over four turnovers per game while Iguodala is approaching three. Curry can lead the team in points, assists and steals all he wants, but if he continues to be a leader in the wrong category, the Warriors won’t last long come playoff time.
For Golden State to have any chance at competing for a title — which many thought they could do prior to the season’s beginning — they absolutely have to cut down on these turnovers.