They're subject to stunning lapses on defense. They're treating the ball as if it has a contagious disease. And, maddeningly for the Warriors, they're getting open shots and missing them. Meet, once again, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes. Remember them? The team's last two lottery picks? The two talented young wings that used last postseason to flash their All-Star potential are struggling and it's hurting the Warriors. Their shot goes missing, their concentration wavers and their games shrink. Thompson and Barnes have in recent games disappeared into an abyss of futility that neither can deny. "I’d be lying if I said it wasn't frustrating,'' Thompson said after practice Friday. "I hate when I play bad. I hate when I miss shots.'' There has been a lot more of that than normal. Thompson early this season was among the league's scoring leaders, draining 3-pointers at an astonishing rate. Since those opening weeks, his numbers have steadily declined. He's averaging 16 points over his last six games and, moreover, is shooting 41 percent for the month. "I know I'm a great shooter,'' he said. "I 'm just going to keep working, keep getting my reps up – get a few more than I usually do – and visualize that ball going through the rim.'' While Thompson has spent the past couple weeks thrashing about in search of his game, Barnes bottomed out in Thursday's 104-102 loss to a Spurs squad without stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. He took three shots, missing them all. In 19 ineffective minutes, Barnes accumulated more turnovers (three) than points (0), rebounds (one) and assists (one) combined.
Struggles of Barnes, Thompson hurting Warriors
CSN Bay Area | Dec 21