Stephen Curry warned the Golden State Warriors to be careful not to develop a “losing mentality” after falling to a sixth straight defeat on Saturday.
The Warriors led by three with just 1.6 seconds left of the fourth quarter, but Chet Holmgren nailed a three to force the game to overtime before the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled away to secure a 130-123 victory and condemn Golden State to another loss.
Now at 6-8, the seven-time NBA champions are badly missing Draymond Green, who is currently serving a five-game ban for putting Rudy Gobert in a headlock in a clash with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Curry returned against the Thunder, scoring 25 points having missed two games with a knee injury, though the return ultimately ended in defeat. He is desperate for the run of reverses to end, saying: “When you’re in a losing streak like this, there is urgency for sure.
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“Any time you’re at this many in a row, it’s a problem you’ve got to fix. You don’t want to develop a losing mentality. That’s a stink in the locker room you don’t really want to have in there.”
Curry highlighted the absence of Green as a key reason for the team’s slide, explaining: “Any time you’re missing anybody as important as Draymond is, our core, a starter, a guy that’s an anchor on defense, that’s tough.
“Especially for the team that’s trying to put the pieces together, you want to get as many reps together as possible to develop an identity. When we’re missing time, it’s tough for whatever reason. It’s not ideal.
“I feel like we do have enough to win games. In the meantime, we haven’t been able to do it.”