I think, like a lot of people, I'm frustrated at Dorell, and Klay's missing jump shot, at the fact that I'm missing Reggie when I really shouldn't be.
And if we wanted, we could take some solace in the fact that our big three hasn't been healthy and all on the floor together.
But I think the real reason we've struggled this season, more than Curry's fouls, more than Klay's struggles, more than the inadequacy of some of our role players, is summed up by three numbers:
.554, .486., and .484.
Those are Curry, Lee, and Monta's TS%.
Curry's is .027 below his career average, and .041 below last season.
Lee's is .101 below his career average, and .043 below last season.
Monta is .053 below his career average, and .052 below last season.
Now, my point isn't "horrible Mark Jackson, he's putting these guys in a position to fail," or even "these guys suck, get rid of them!" After four games each, I don't think there's any reason to feel that these numbers represent who these players are.
My point is, rather, that the problem is that these three guys, so far this season, haven't been getting it done. Curry, who we expect to be excellent, has been averagish. Monta and Lee have been terrible.
I've only watched one game this season in its entirety - and it that game I saw Curry committing dumb reach fouls and I counted four "bad Monta" plays (there may have been more, but there were at least four). In other words: so far neither of these guys have demonstrated that they've improved their flaws from last season.
Yeah, the bench scoring is a problem, and Dorell's vanishing shot is a problem. But in the NBA, your best players are the ones you rise and fall these three guys are achors pulling us down. More so than anything else (and certainly more so than tinkering around the edges of the roster - the difference between signing Fesenko and Nate, for example) this is what's going to make a difference this year.
If these guys don't figure out how to put it together it's going to be a really long season.