The Golden State Warriors had their hearts broken on Wednesday night when they were defeated in a shattering way by the Utah Jazz.
They had a chance to put the Jazz away and were up by one point with just 6 seconds left.
But in one of the cruelest, most shocking game conclusions in years, the Warriors ended up losing.
It was yet another disappointing loss, yet another failure on the road, and yet another piece of proof of Stephen Curry‘s importance.
Warriors Record with Stephen Curry in the last four seasons:
112-65 (63% Win%)
Warriors Record without Stephen Curry in the last four seasons:
24-66 (26% Win%)
They haven't won without Stephen Curry this season. pic.twitter.com/Q2Icz9JMcQ
— NBA Muse (@NBAMuse24) December 8, 2022
Over the last four seasons, the Warriors’ record with Curry is 112-65, which is a 63% win percentage.
And the Warriors’ record without Curry during that same time is 24-66, a 26% win percentage.
So far in 2022-23, the team hasn’t won a single game without Curry.
Those numbers say it all: Curry is easily the most valuable player for the team and they struggle when he’s not suited up.
Needing Curry Badly
Curry is blowing everyone away so far in 2022-23.
He is averaging 30 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 7 assists on 49.9% from the field and 43.2% from beyond the three-point line.
He hasn’t been putting up numbers like this in years, even during his terrific season last year which led to his first Finals MVP trophy.
There certainly are great players signed to the Warriors and they show up and play well often too.
Still, it’s not enough and the Warriors are struggling to get past 10th place in the West.
The good news is that Curry has remained mostly healthy this season and that there is plenty of time to turn things around.
They wouldn’t be the first team that started the season poorly, got it together, and was able to compete.