OAKLAND — Struggling Warriors forward Harrison Barnes was asked to describe or grade his overall performance this season heading into the All-Star break and replied that it was a tough question.
“Obviously personally, probably not that high because one thing I wanted to focus on coming into the season was consistency,” Barnes said. “I haven’t been able to accomplish that, but as a team, we’ve been able to do well.
“We lost some games we should have won, but overall, we’re still doing well. We’re still battling. I think this team still has a great shot to accomplish our goals.”
While exclusively playing off the bench this month, Barnes has shot 35 percent from the field and averaged 6.7 points per game. Coach Mark Jackson has indicated Barnes is fully healthy.
The second-year player on Friday against Minnesota had an open look to hit a game-winning shot off a pass from Stephen Curry and missed.
“It’s a shot I’ve made a lot of times, so I feel confident taking it,” said Barnes, who committed three turnovers and scored two points in the 121-120 loss to the Timberwolves.
Barnes said he has maintained confidence in his shot despite seeing his shooting percentage dip from his rookie season.
“I feel good,” he said. “Coming in to do work every single day, putting in the time, so I’m confident shots will go in.”
For more analysis on what the expectations should be for Barnes, check out Marcus Thompson’s column from today’s paper.