The Golden State Warriors lost to the Phoenix Suns in what was the most anticipated game of the year, largely because of Stephen Curry‘s shooting struggles. Jordan Poole had an outstanding game, but the Warriors failed to take advantage despite Devin Booker exiting the game halfway through with a hamstring injury.
Not long after the loss, Skip Bayless came for the Warriors, stating that their success is largely tied to Stephen Curry’s shooting since they are without Kevin Durant. He said:
“Without Kevin Durant on the Warriors, this team will go as far as Steph shoots this team. In the end, that’s what it will boil down to. How many shots will he make? When he makes them. He has to make them at the correct times to change games or put games away.”
While there is some truth to what Bayless said, the Golden State Warriors have shown that they can win without Stephen Curry this season. On nights where Curry has struggled from the field, players like Andrew Wiggins and Poole have stepped up.
For the first time since the start of the 2021-22 NBA season, the Warriors have an 18-3 record. However, it would be unfair to judge their entire season with that outing. Klay Thompson’s return will also be a significant boost, as there will be a lot less pressure on Curry from opposition defenses.