February 5, 2023

Klay Thompson is hopeful he and the Warriors can regroup at home following five straight losses on the so-called “road trip from hell.”

Speaking Sunday after practice, Thompson remarked on the defending champions’ slump, which extended Friday with a 114-105 loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans.

“It seemed like a road trip from hell, but we’re all very grateful to get home in one piece and hopefully start a win streak here. We know how good we are in this building, so I think we’re going to be off to a fresh start come tomorrow,” the 32-year-old Thompson said, per NBC Sports Bay Area.

Despite grim finishes in recent contests, the five-time NBA All-Star highlighted some positives in the Warriors’ latest efforts.

“I saw just a connectivity that we might have been lacking on the road trip, so it was good to see everybody connecting, playing hard,” Thompson said, noting he doesn’t believe Golden State’s 3-7 record “is reflective of our efforts, so that’s good.”

Warriors guard Klay Thompson during a game against the Hornets on Oct. 29, 2022.

Head coach Steve Kerr added Sunday how being “part of a great team” is “understanding how to work through” adversity when a part of the season goes awry.

“There are times in the NBA season when things can go off the rails a little bit,” Kerr said. “A big part of being a great team, being a solid organization, is just understanding how to work through that.”

The Warriors, who are roughly five months removed from their latest NBA title, endured a similar skid last season ahead of their playoff push.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reacts during a game against the Pelicans on Nov. 4, 2022.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reacts during a game against the Pelicans on Nov. 4, 2022.
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Thompson said the Warriors need to keep their focus on the present and not the past as they look to bounce back.

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“We just need to bring more of a sense of urgency,” he said. “We had a long run last year, but 2022 is over. It’s time to kick into high gear and play that championship level of basketball that we’re used to. I fully expect us to do that.”

The Warriors host the Kings on Monday night.