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Warriors’ Harrison Barnes says he has confidence, but needs consistency

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.

Diamond Leung

  • Stan

    Harrison is journeyman quality. In the NBA, that’s a good life. For the Warriors? he does until a better trade or draft comes along. But,you NEVER use Curry as a decoy to set Barnes up for a final shot. He made one last year. That’s his career quota…and good for him.

  • Twinkie defense

    I would like to see Barnes in there more with the starters and Lee coming off the bench.

    It’s hard to get your groove going when the coach mass-subs out all your playmakers.

  • 808Oahu

    Scratching my head.
    Fourth quarter Barnes and Carwford doing just fine.
    MJ takes them out puts Curry and Dre back in then Curry quickly picks up his 5th foul.
    Then we commit turnovers.
    Freaking dumb.

  • Howard Benner

    This team is disgusting. The only reason they beat the Jailblazers was their fatigue.

    The Griz are coming on. Phoenix continues to play strong defense & will be there every night.

    OKC, the Clips & now Houston play well with their star players out of the lineup, & the W’s continue to play uninspired, weak, excuse every night effort (or lack thereof). . .

    My prediction? They don’t make the playoffs. . .

  • thewarriorsrule

    fire jackson for not putting barnes in a position to succeed!