The Golden State Warriors have followed a terrific start with a pair of disappointing results.
Their inability to take care of the basketball is a big reason why.
Golden State tries to regroup Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets, who are hoping to avoid a ninth loss in 10 visits to the Bay Area.
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The Warriors (5-2) won their first five games by an average of 14.8 points before losing 107-95 at Phoenix on Sunday and 113-100 to San Antonio on Tuesday. Golden State had 20 turnovers to the Spurs’ eight after committing a season-high 27 against the Suns.
"Our turnovers were killing us. We’re way too talented not to get a shot off every possession," guard Klay Thompson said. "We’re going to have turnovers every game, we just have to cut them down. Thank God it’s early November and not mid-April or anything. I know we’re going to fix it. We have too many vets and too many great players not to."
The Warriors are averaging 22.1 turnovers to rank last in the league. All-Star point guard Stephen Curry had 10 turnovers against Phoenix and is committing an NBA-worst 4.6 per game.
While the Warriors are still getting accustomed to a new offense under first-year coach Steve Kerr, they know they have to be better.
"We’ve been together since early October," Thompson said, "so in these next few games you should hopefully see us (cut) our number down maybe two or three a game and the week after that maybe four or five."
Thompson had 29 points and Harrison Barnes added a season-high 22 against San Antonio, but Golden State was outscored 48-28 in the paint and outrebounded 8-1 on the offensive glass. Curry entered averaging an NBA-best 27.7 points before finishing with a season-low 16 on 7-of-18 shooting. He went 0 for 7 from beyond the arc as his streak of 75 consecutive games with a made 3-pointer was snapped.
Despite Curry’s struggles, Golden State is still one of the league’s top 3-point shooting teams at 39.2 percent. Brooklyn has allowed its last four opponents to shoot 41.3 percent from 3-point range.
The Warriors had averaged 124.0 points in winning their first two home games before Tuesday’s defeat. Golden State has taken three of four from the Nets overall and eight of nine in the series at home.
"It’s tough losing on your home court this early in the season, but we’ll learn from it and get better," Curry said.
Brooklyn (4-3) earned back-to-back home wins over New York and Orlando before opening a three-game trek with Wednesday’s 112-104 loss to Phoenix. The Nets led by as many as 19 but were outscored 63-41 in the second half. They shot 27.5 percent after halftime with eight turnovers to six assists.
"We just got into a rut. We obviously couldn’t get stops, and we couldn’t score," said Joe Johnson, who shot 2 of 10 in the second half after making 5 of 6 shots in the first. "That is probably the toughest part. We couldn’t come up with the big plays. To blow such a big lead, that is hard to swallow."
Johnson is averaging a team-leading 20.0 points, including 24.7 in three road games. He’s managed 13.3 points per game on 37.2 percent shooting in his last three visits to Golden State.
Golden State leads the NBA with an effective field-goal percentage of 55.8 while Brooklyn ranks second at 53.9.