Kerr sends a message after the Warriors lose their fourth in a row

Looking at the Thursday night box result, the Warriors’ 130-129 loss to the Orlando Magic at Amway Center was the same as their previous three losses. Really, that was the same as most of their nine games this season.

Led by Klay Thompson plus-13, all five of the Warriors’ starters finished with a plus-minus positive. Kevon Looney was plus 10, Draymond Green was plus 5, Steph Curry was plus 4 and Andrew Wiggins was plus 3.

Ty Jerome, who bounced all over the league and was signed late in pre-season to a two-way contract, was the only Warriors bench player with a positive plus sign. It was plus 3. James Wiseman and Moses Moody were both minus 9. Jordan Paul was minus 10, and JaMychal Green was low on the team with minus 15.

From the eye test to the numbers, landing the Warriors from the start to the bench was an astonishing one. Starting Friday against the Pelicans in New Orleans, changes may come. Warriors coach Steve Kerr certainly didn’t shy away from that after the Warriors’ recent loss.

“We’re going to have to make some adjustments and make some changes,” Kerr told reporters. “We’ve had nine matches now. We’ve had a good look at the groups, so it’s time to try something different.”

Exactly what does that mean?

“Everyone will get a chance to play,” Kerr said. “We have young people who are eager to hit the ground running. We have to find groups with one click. We will discuss that as employees and we will find out.”

A player who should be frothy in the mouth at any point on the field is the Warriors’ top pick from a year ago. Jonathan Kominga again received DNP (not played) in the loss, his second straight and third of the season.

Kuminga played 13 minutes in the Warriors season opener. He then played over seven minutes in each of the next two games, before seeing 15 minutes of excitement in a blast loss for the Phoenix Suns – as he was the only Warrior to sit in the entire first half. Kerr constantly has to stress that player development, especially if he’s 20 years old, doesn’t happen overnight.

He did so again during the game’s pre-game media session, and said after the loss that the Warriors viewed Kominga, James Wiseman and Moses Moody “in the big picture way”. But with Wiseman continuing to struggle in so many ways, Kuminga doesn’t get the same kind of leash as the previous second pick. Kerr said he wanted to see something else from Kuminga in training, and he hasn’t fully shone in games so far this season.

If the Warriors were to continue experimenting early on, the player who could one day have the most powers should also be part of the project.

When asked why the junior Warriors players got it wrong, Draymond first tried to keep the pressure off the pups, before turning to a motivational tactic in a uniform fashion. This loss is for everyone. Young people must also step up. The margin for error is slim at the moment, especially with such a lack of experience.

“I’m not going to sit here and point fingers or point at our guys,” Green said. “It’s not how we roll.” “They have to learn, and they have to find out. So, yeah, actually, it’s part of their fault. It’s definitely the fault of some of our guys. But it’s also part of my fault, some of Steve’s fault and some of Clay’s fault. It’s all our fault.”

“We don’t play at the level it takes to win matches… I changed the tone of my answer. Yes, it is the youth’s fault. But it is not their fault any more than it is ours.”

Jordan Paul was the youngster who made the leap last season, turned into a superstar and got a huge contract extension. He was also able to play through struggles and losses early in his career on teams that weren’t competing for a championship. Wiseman, Cominga, Moody and rookies Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins don’t have that luxury.

Joe Lacob and Co’s big, two-time-line dream is being tested in massive ways right now as 34-year-old Carrie puts on a show that seems to amount to nothing less than a blank check. Kuminga may take his chance once on Friday night. Wiseman might use that as a motivator and start playing with the fury he showed in getting a technical foul against the Magic. Perhaps Paul plays less passively in attack and soon looks like the comforting attacking force he played a season ago. And perhaps Baldwin will appear for the first time and amaze us all.

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Warriors allowed 43 magic points in the third quarter. They lost a match where they took 19 more shots than their opponent. Their opponent also attempted 31 more free throws than them and made 23 more free throws from the charity bar. The free-throw difference of 46-15 on Thursday night was the Warriors’ biggest shortfall since 2013.

Golden State has not yet won on the road. The Warriors have lost four consecutive games to teams with a combined 11-25 record, and two of those teams scored one win when they faced the defending champions. At 3-6 a season, this is foreign land.

Last season, the Warriors didn’t lose their sixth game until December 18, their 30th game of the year.

“We used to learn while winning,” Curry said. “You find ways to explore even if you don’t have it, build chemistry or whatever. We haven’t been in a situation in a while where you realize you have to play better and you’re losing.” It just doesn’t feel good, all the way.

“…Everyone in the locker room has to figure it out. That’s what the job requires. We understand that. It’s hard now to go out, keep fighting hard, understand our energy and effort, and you ain’t no results to show.”

Changes are coming. The results are a waiting game.

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