Warriors News: Harrison Barnes Assesses His First Half Performance
After an impressive rookie season, Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has struggled adjusting to his new role in his second season. In the past 10 games, Barnes is only averaging 5.6 points on 32.1 percent shooting in 23.3 minutes.
After Tuesday’s shootaround, Barnes talked about his struggles in the first-half of the season and wants to focus on being more consistent according to San Francisco Chronicle’s Rusty Simmons:
“That’s a tough question. Personally, probably not that high. One thing I wanted to focus on was consistency, and I haven’t been able to accomplish that. But as a team, we’ve been able to do well. We’ve lost some games that we should have won, but overall, we’re still doing well, still battling and still have a great shot to accomplish our goals.”
Although Barnes knows he has not played well, he continues to work hard every single day and remains confident:
“I feel good. I come into work every single day and put in the time, so I’m confident.”
In 41 games, Barnes started in 15 games with Andre Iguodala out with a hamstring injury in late November. During this time, he averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field and nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc.
However, in 26 games off the bench, Barnes is only averaging 7.9 points on 38 percent shooting from the field. With Barnes continuing to come off the bench, he will need to find new ways to be productive without Stephen Curry and establish himself as the team’s sixth man if the Warriors want to go deep into the playoffs.