OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he thought about hiring a shooting coach to help his slumping backcourt. But when he went over potential hires, he said he couldn't think of better instructors than Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. So he'll just let them work out their shooting woes.
"It's almost like Albert Pujols starting the season batting .200. He's an all-time great. It's just a matter of time before he gets hot. At the end of the day, he's going to have Albert Pujols numbers. When you look at Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, those are knockdown shooters. They will be fine."
Through the first eight games, both reputed marksmen have struggled to find consistency with their outside shot. Combined, the two have taken 109 3-pointers, making 37 from deep (33.9 percent).
Thompson is at 35.8 percent so far. But in his second season, first as a full-time starter, a rough start is not out of the ordinary. Curry, however, is a different story.
The fourth-year point guard who has improved his shooting percentage each season since a 46.2 percent rookie season. So far, he's made just 37.1 percent of his shots. He acknowledged being a bit confused.
"It's tough, especially in-game when you have wide-open looks and shots that you normally make that aren't going down," Curry said. "But we learned our lesson with the Denver game about letting offensive struggles affect other parts of the game."
That's the plan for his struggling
Jackson said it was missed shots against Denver and bricking critical free throws that taught Thompson a valuable lesson. A flustered Thompson didn't think to foul Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari, allowing him to drive to the basket for a game-tying dunk though Jackson reminded everyone the Warriors had a foul to give.
Curry said he's talked to Thompson about their shooting struggles.
"Actually he surprised me," Curry said. "He said he hasn't looked at any stats or any shot charts or anything like that. That tells me he's not really concerned. He knows he can shoot the ball, and he's not going to lose any confidence in his talent."
Curry and Thompson's shooting woes are eased by the fact the Warriors have split the first eight games.
"I'm not concerned at all," Jackson said. "I look at the fact that we're 4-4 right now despite missing two of our best players. Also, you talk about David Lee, Steph and Klay, they have not played their basketball. So we're in a good place and those guys will become who we know that they are. And imagine when our shots fall. It's going to be a beautiful thing, and we're going to be awfully tough."
Bogut went to Southern California to continue his rehab under the supervision of Dr. Richard Ferkel, who performed arthroscopic surgery on Bogut's ankle in April. While there, he has received several Regenokine injections.
Those treatments, designed to diminish swelling and assist in Bogut's recovery, are a form of blood-manipulation therapy. It is usually used to treat joint pain, lower back pain and forms of arthritis. It works by taking blood from the patient, manipulating it to get a concentrated protein-heavy fluid, then injecting it into the problem area. Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez have reportedly benefited from the procedure.