Steph jokingly wishes Warriors could play all games at Chase originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Warriors improved to 10-10 this season with their impressive win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night at Chase Center, but they are 9-1 at home and an alarming 1-9 on the road.
The Warriors' perplexing start to the 2022-23 NBA season isn't lost on Steph Curry.
"I wish we could play all our games at Chase Center," Curry told reporters after the game Friday night when asked for his assessment of the Warriors 20 games into the season.
With key veterans no longer on the roster and several lottery draft picks pressed into action this season, the Warriors have taken their lumps as they try to figure out what rotations work.
The Warriors normally have been a very capable road team under Steve Kerr, but they began this season with eight straight losses away from San Francisco, including a stunning 0-5 trip through Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Orlando and New Orleans.
"We know what we can't do, in terms of the first, what was it, eight road games and just that pocket of the season where we just couldn't put a string of games together," Curry said. "And we have a great opportunity coming up on the road, these two games coming up. But rotations seem a little bit more consistent on a nightly basis. I think, again, it's all about guys understanding their roles, what they are asked to do and then getting reps to do those things. We got 10 deep right now, for the most part, and everybody is filling a specific role, playing hard and playing smart and moving in the right direction."
Following their eighth road loss to begin the season, the Warriors held a team meeting before their No. 18 home game against the New York Knicks to address the "elephants in the room."
That meeting appears to have righted the ship for the moment. Issues have been resolved. Roles are clear. The rotation has been cut down.
Since that meeting, the Warriors are 4-1 including their first road win of the season against the Houston Rockets last Sunday. The only loss during that span came the next night in New Orleans when Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins all sat out.
Kerr likes to use the first 20 games of a season to judge his team but in this case, the last five games might be the best barometer for Curry and the Warriors.
"Glad to be .500 and looking to try to build momentum but these last five, six games, felt a lot better, and we kind of want to bottle that up and keep doing it," Curry said.
The Warriors' newfound confidence will be tested Sunday when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center and Tuesday when they travel to Dallas for a Western Conference finals rematch with Luka Dončić and the Mavericks.
Curry and the Warriors can't play all their games at Chase Center, and the good news for them is they have the ability to win tough road games, as they've proved over their last 27 NBA playoff series.