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Confident Oubre 'not worried' about rough start to season

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Kelly Oubre shooting.

Not many players have been excluded from the Warriors' ugly start to the 2020-21 season, and that especially rings true for Kelly Oubre Jr. 

Two games into the season, Oubre is off to a historically bad 3-point shooting start. Following Friday's Christmas Day blowout to the Milwaukee Bucks, the 25-year-old became the first NBA player to start 0-for-11 on 3-point attempts over two games. Oubre's heard the criticism plenty, but told Bay Area reporters on Saturday that he isn't concerned about it.

"Great shots, they haven't been falling though," Oubre said. "I'll continue to be myself and just attack. Not worried about that."

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Oubre missed all five of his attempts in Golden State's 125-99 Opening Night blowout loss to the Brooklyn Nets before going 0-of-6 from downtown in Friday's 138-99 walloping at the hands of the Bucks. The Warriors have struggled making open 3-point shots in their first two contests -- the team has made just 20 of their 78 attempts from beyond the arch. Even Steph Curry hasn't been immune to the struggle, going 4-of-20. 

While the Warriors first two games have been far from encouraging (making it easy to enter full-panic mode), Oubre maintains he isn't bothered and is confident his shot will return soon.

 

"I definitely haven’t hit a shot that I've hit multiple times, but Godspeed.” he said.

Entering his seventh NBA season, Oubre owns a 32.6 3-point percentage, so there's plenty of optimism he'll find his shot soon. That will prove critical, as the addition of Oubre combined with Andrew Wiggins was Golden State's blueprint to make up for the loss of Klay Thompson -- who is recovering after season-ending Achilles surgery -- for another year. The duo has severely underperformed so far, with Wiggins also going 0-of-4 from downtown Friday.

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Golden State was expected to take a few games to gel together, especially with Draymond Green sidelined with a foot injury. But the team's margin of loss has been nearly disastrous to start the year.

The Warriors hope that Oubre's turnaround can come as soon as Sunday's contest against the Chicago Bulls. It's no secret they are in need of a win, with even the often-stoic Curry saying the team needs to win "immediately."

Until then, Oubre's game plan to get back on track is simple.

"I'm gonna continue to shoot the shots that are open," he said. "They will fall because I work my ass off."