Losers in seven of their last eight games, the Golden State Warriors have slumped to 23-26 on the season.
Their latest loss, a 117-111 decision to the Atlanta Hawks leaves Golden State clinging to the final play-in seed in the Western Conference, just half a game ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Steph Curry finished with 37 points to lead the Warriors, who also received contributions from Kelly Oubre Jr. with 20 points and Andrew Wiggins with 16.
Steph's got the ball on a string 🪄 pic.twitter.com/hhtP936RUT- Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 5, 2021
Problems arose on the defensive end for Steve Kerr's squad, with the Warriors fouling Atlanta 26 times resulting in 45 free-throw attempts.
"We lost the game because we fouled over and over and over again," a disappointed Kerr said postgame.
Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari benefited most from the foul fest, finishing with 25 points on 13-for-15 from the charity stripe.
Missing most of last season with injury, losing is a new phenomenon for Curry, with the new look Warriors squad trying to fight their way out of the funk.
Find someone who reacts to you the way Danilo Gallinari reacts when he found out Vince Carter was on our broadcast.@Gallinari8888 | @mrvincecarter15 pic.twitter.com/l6T7pi0yCs- Bally Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnBally) April 5, 2021
"I hope everyone in the locker room hates losing and uses this as a motivation to stick with it to stay connected and to figure it out," Curry said postgame.
"You cannot play the way that we've played the last significant stretch and expect things to change. We have to make the necessary adjustments. Losing sucks, terrible feeling in the locker room."
Oubre is one of the new faces on the Warriors roster, with the forward echoing Curry's sentiment.
"The sooner we get our s*** together and get on track, the sooner we can feel better about ourselves," Oubre said.
Gallo workin'. pic.twitter.com/e3B7xEAOSl- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 5, 2021
On top of Gallinari's scoring outburst, Clint Capela tallied 24 points and 18 rebounds, while new acquisition Lou Williams chipped in with 15 points off the bench.
The Hawks are now 24-25 on the season, holding down the six seed and just half a game back of Miami in fourth.
The task won't get any easier for the Warriors, who will return home to face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks after one night off. The Bucks are 32-17 on the season and have won three straight games.
Atlanta will host the New Orleans Pelicans after a day off.
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