Stephen Curry: Warriors have smaller margin for error

The star-studded Golden State Warriors are also a flawed team. They’re still great, but Stephen Curry knows the 2018-19 season will be a little tougher.

Following the loss to the Utah Jazz, per ESPN’s Nick Friedell, Curry said the Warriors want to regain their dominant ways yet realize it won’t come easily.

“It’s just the margin of error is a little bit smaller this year, but we understand that. [We] continue to get everybody’s best shot against us, and it’s been a grind.”

Golden State currently sits third in the Western Conference behind the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder. Though injuries have affected the roster, this isn’t the dominant team of the last four years.

So far, the Warriors have already dropped eight games on the road. They haven’t lost more than 13 outside of Oracle Arena in a half-decade but likely will this season.

One major reason is a concerning lack of depth compared to recent iterations. Golden State isn’t equipped to deal with injuries to Curry and Draymond Green while DeMarcus Cousins is still unavailable.

Yes, that’s an enviable problem. But when Quinn Cook and Jonas Jerebko and the No. 4 and 5 scorers, it’s fair to say there’s a depth issue.

Combine that with the franchise’s “dynasty” status, and the Warriors cannot afford a letdown. Opponents always come ready to play Golden State. And unlike previous years, the Warriors can’t just obliterate them anyway.