OAKLAND -- It was a painful film session for the Warriors on Friday, as coach Mark Jackson made his team sit through the previous night's loss to the San Antonio Spurs in its entirety.
For two Warriors, the session was particularly uncomfortable.
Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes might be appropriately named The Slump Brothers right now. They are comrades in the worst way, and Barnes confessed with a chuckle that commiserating with one another doesn't help ease the suffering much.
"It's a pretty slow conversation on both sides," he said. "But we do have each other's backs."
Thompson committed five of the team's 24 turnovers in the Spurs loss and went 6 for 18 from the floor -- 1 for 7 from 3-point range -- to extend a bad streak to six games. He's shooting 37.4 percent (37 for 99) over that stretch and just 27.9 percent from deep (12 for 43). He also has more turnovers -- 18 -- than made 3-pointers.
As for Barnes, he went scoreless for the first time this year and just the second time in his young NBA career. He went 0 for 3 against the Spurs, two of those shots badly missed 3-pointers, and he also contributed three turnovers. After a November in which Barnes shot 50 percent from the floor and 52 percent from 3-point range, he's at 41.3 and 29 percent, respectively, in December.
Barnes has a bit of an excuse. He has fluctuated between coming off the bench and starting, and now he's a backup again with the return of Andre Iguodala. Barnes' minutes have diminished as a result, and he played just 19 against the Spurs, his lowest total in 20 games.
So who's taking it the hardest? Without question it's Thompson, who came out of the gate quickly at season's outset and looked like the Warriors' most improved player. He doesn't wear a bad game well, and after six tough ones in a row, he's glad to be seeing the Los Angeles Lakers coming to town Saturday night. There's just something about that purple that brings out the best in Thompson -- he has averaged 20.6 points in 10 career games against L.A., his highest against any NBA team.
Thompson acknowledged that he has agonized over his poor play in recent games.
"I'd be lying if I said it didn't because I take it personal when I play bad," he said. "That's probably my biggest downfall. When you play so well, you feel invincible, but it's humbling when you have a few bad games.
"I hate when I miss shots, I hate when I play bad. But I can't let it get in my head. I still have to be fearless out there, because when I'm hesitant, I start missing."
While Thompson believes he'll get positive things out of reviewing the Spurs film, it was a killer.
"It was worse than I thought it was going to be ... hard to watch," he said. "I had turnovers, bad lapses on defense, it was just a terrible game on my part. I know shots aren't going to fall every night and you're going to have your rough stretches, but that should never affect how you play the rest of your game. That's what I've been doing. But I know I'm going to break out of it. All I have to do is play hard and stay focused."
Barnes has taken a more levelheaded approach and said alternating between starting and coming off the bench doesn't really affect him.
"It's not that bad," he said. "The biggest thing I try to do is be consistent, regardless of whether you're coming off the bench or starting. The main thing you want to do is make the most of your minutes."
So what the heck happened Thursday night?
"I just couldn't get into a rhythm," he said. "The only one I can blame is myself, so I just have to try to get it back (Saturday). I'm getting good looks -- I get enough post touches, (isolation plays) and wide-open threes, so I just have to knock down the shot. It's all upstairs.
"It's a long season. Over 82 games, you can't let one game throw you off for the next 30. You lose a little bit sleep over it, but it's something I can control."
"I texted him just to let him know there wasn't anything malicious, because obviously there was some speculation about that," he said. "He told me he didn't believe it was anything like that."
Of Kobe's latest injury, Barnes added: "It's tough to see that because not too many players come back from Achilles surgery. And then to have that happen to him, you just don't want to see it."
Lakers at Warriors (14-13), 7:30 p.m. CSNBA
Warriors perimeter players Harrison Barnes, left, and Klay Thompson have cooled off after hot starts. Here are their month-by-month shooting stats:
G FG% 3PT% Month G FG% 3PT%
0 N/A N/A October 2 69.2 66.7
13 50.0 52.0 November 15 46.0 43.2
10 41.3 29.0 December 10 41.3 38.7
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