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Klay Thompson, Steve Kerr critical of Celtics fans for profane chant

Klay Thompson looking on

May 14, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) stands on the court before the start of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

A few members of the Golden State Warriors were critical of Celtics fans for the profane chant they did during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night in Boston.

The Celtics beat the Warriors 116-100 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. Boston fans were riding Draymond Green throughout the night. They booed him during introductions, said he sucked, and also had a profane chant for the Warriors forward (video here).

Though Green took the chants in stride, other members of the team weren’t as dismissive.

After the game, Warriors star Klay Thompson criticized Celtics fans for their behavior.

“We’ve played in front of rude people before. Dropping F-bombs with children in the crowd … real classy. Good job, Boston,” Thompson said.

Steve Kerr sarcastically said Celtics fans were “classy. Very classy.”

Green said the behavior of the fans did not surprise him.

“It’s not really my job to react to them. They did what I expected,” Green said.

Celtics fans chanting at Green didn’t bother him, but he did get testy when a reporter questioned him after the game about his podcast.

Steve Kerr provides injury update on Steph Curry

Steph Curry looking on

Nov 30, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors lost Game 3 of the NBA Finals 116-100 on Wednesday, but they may have avoided another significant loss in the process.

With just over four minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Steph Curry dove on the floor to grab a loose ball. Celtics center Al Horford went for the ball as well, and landed hard on Curry’s left leg. Curry stayed down for a while in apparent pain. He was removed from the game with two minutes remaining and did not return.

Speaking to reporters postgame, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gave an update on Curry’s status moving forward. Kerr also said that his decision to take Curry out of the game had nothing to do with what happened.

“I took [Curry] out with two minutes left because we were down by 14 points,” Kerr said. “The injury didn’t force him out of the game.

“We’ll know more tomorrow,” Kerr said when asked about the seriousness of Curry’s injury.

The fact that Curry wasn’t taken out of the game due to his injury has to be encouraging for the Warriors, especially given how well the two-time MVP played in Game 3.

Curry led both teams with 31 points in 37 minutes, including 15 in the third quarter while in foul trouble. He made six of 11 3-point attempts, and shot 12-of-22 from the field.

Without a fully healthy Curry, the Warriors could have a difficult time evening the series up in Game 4 on Friday.

Steve Kerr jabs NBA over 1 Finals issue

Steve Kerr in a blue warmup jacket

Mar 20, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr encourages his players during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

If you think the start times to the NBA Finals games are getting later and later, you are not alone. Even one of the big participants seems to recognize just how late the start times are.

The Warriors caught an issue with one of the baskets at TD Garden in Boston ahead of Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday (details here). The issue was spotted well over an hour before the game, allowing for plenty of time to fix the matter.

Golden State head coach Steve Kerr joked that there was something else aiding the effor to fix the basket prior to tip-off.

“It’s a good thing the game starts at midnight. Plenty of time to fix it,” Kerr joked.

He’s not wrong.

Wednesday’s Game 3 was scheduled to start at 9:00 p.m. ET (with tip-off likely coming after that). That means the game won’t wind down until near midnight.

Though the start time works fine for viewers on the West Coast, which is where the Warriors’ home city is, the late start is not so favorable for those in the rest of the country. Starting a game so late makes it extremely difficult for youngsters to watch the game, not to mention people who have work the next morning. You almost need a nap to make it through such a late game.

Steve Kerr has 1 word to describe Steph Curry’s third quarter in Game 2

Steve Kerr looks on from the sideline

Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Steph Curry had an amazing third quarter performance during Golden State’s Game 2 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr described Curry’s effort with one word.

“Steph was breathtaking in that quarter, not just the shot-making but the defensive effort,” Kerr said to reporters after the game. “He just doesn’t get enough credit for his level of conditioning and physicality and defense. People go at him to try to wear him down because they know how important he is to us offensively.”

Kerr credited Curry’s transformation into a physically stronger player as a reason why Curry is such a tough defender.

“It’s pretty dramatic, the difference in Steph’s strength and physicality and his body now from eight years ago when I first got here,” Kerr said. “He keeps working on his game, his strength, his conditioning year after year. It’s a pleasure to watch him play every night.”

Curry played the entire quarter and had 14 points, which was the total amount of points the Celtics scored as a team in the third. He went 4-of-9 from the field, shot 50 percent from 3-point range and had one steal in the quarter. Curry finished with a game-high 29 points.

The two-time MVP is now averaging 26.6 points per game this postseason and 31.5 points through two NBA Finals games. If Curry can keep this up, he’ll have a great chance to win his fourth championship and first NBA Finals MVP.

Steve Kerr has high praise for 1 Celtics player

Steve Kerr looks on from the sideline

Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart reminds Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr of one of his own players.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday ahead of the NBA Finals, Kerr said that Smart’s tenacity on defense was similar to that of Draymond Green.

“I kind of described Marcus yesterday as the guard version of Draymond,” Kerr said. “He’s just all over the place defensively. There’s a reason he won Defensive Player of the Year. He’s a great defender and probably an underrated offensive player as well.”

Kerr wasn’t the only person to heap praise onto Smart ahead of the NBA Finals.

Smart’s defensive prowess was on full display during the regular season. He finished the season with the seventh-most steals per game in the NBA (1.68), and was tied for sixth in total steals (119) as well.

While Smart is known more for his defense, he’s been productive on the opposite end of the court as well during the playoffs.

In 15 games, the 28-year-old has averaged 15.5 points and is shooting just under 40 percent from the field. Smart scored 24 points in Boston’s Game 7 win over the Miami Heat in the Western Conference Finals.

While Smart will play a key role in Boston’s success this series, he may have unintentionally provided some extra motivation for a Warriors team looking to win their fourth title in the last eight years.

Steve Kerr explains where Warriors’ defense went wrong in Game 4 loss

Steve Kerr looks on from the sideline

Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors allowed a series-high 119 points in their Game 4 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

The Warriors gave up 28, 34 and 37 points in each of the first three quarters, but only 20 in the fourth. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr shared why his team struggled defensively through most of their 119-109 defeat.

Speaking to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater after the game, Kerr cited early defensive breakdowns.

“We weren’t alert tonight defensively,” Kerr said. “We weren’t sharp. I thought we let them get into a groove, and once a team like that gets into a three-point groove, it’s tough to get them out of it.”

The Mavericks were successful shooting from three-point range for a majority of the game.

The team shot 46.5 percent from behind the arc (20-for-43). Mavericks guard Reggie Bullock and forward Dorian Finney-Smith combined for half of their team’s 3-pointers, shooting 10-for-17.

Luka Doncic led both teams with 30 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists in 38 minutes.

The Mavericks averaged the 10th-most 3-pointers made per game during the regular season (13.1), and their shots were finally falling on Tuesday. They’ll need to continue to make those shots at a steady rate to keep the series going past Game 5 on Thursday.

Steve Kerr reveals 1 big issue with Mavericks’ bench antics

Steve Kerr looks on from the sideline

Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The behavior of the Dallas Mavericks’ bench has been the source of some controversy during the playoffs. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr thinks at least part of it is justified.

Kerr singled out one thing he observed the Mavericks bench doing that he believes is “too much.” The Warriors coach praised their energy and said he had no issue with the majority of their antics. He cited one incident, however, in which Mavericks reserve Theo Pinson stood on the bench calling for the ball while the Warriors had possession. According to Kerr, the tactic led to at least one Stephen Curry turnover, and should not be permitted.

The NBA announced Sunday that the Mavericks were once again fined for their bench behavior, marking the third time in the playoffs the team has been disciplined. While the league did not specifically cite instances of inappropriate behavior, they may be taking the moment Kerr is discussing into account.

The Dallas bench has been a source of frustration for opponents all season. They have been unwilling to adjust their behavior even in the face of multiple fines, so Kerr might have to get used to the issue he’s describing.

Steve Kerr’s attempt to watch Warriors’ Game 6 with company did not go well

Steve Kerr looks on from the sideline

Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

When coaches land in Covid protocols, they find themselves in the uncomfortable situation of being fans like everyone else. Steve Kerr found himself in that position for Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals, and it sounds like he was a lot to handle while that was happening.

Kerr was cleared from protocols Sunday and allowed to speak to the media for the first time since he tested positive on Monday. He admitted that he had attempted to watch Game 6 on television with his wife Margot, but she did not want to stick around.

“She sat there for about two minutes and then announced that she was going to go downstairs to watch the Kardashians instead,” Kerr admitted. “It was a good arrangement. Like all good marriages, you know when to be together and when to give each other a little space. All is good now, though.”

Kerr conceded that he was “perhaps” yelling at the television when asked if that was a factor in his wife’s early exit.

Kerr has missed playoff games before, particularly in 2017 as he dealt with complications from back surgery. However, he knew he would be missing those games, while this week’s events came out of the blue.

A few NFL coaches have had something similar happen to them, and their advice for the situation might have done Kerr — and his wife — some good.

Bill Walton had funniest question for Steve Kerr at press conference

Bill Walton smiling

Nov 15, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Pac-12 Networks commentator Bill Walton watches during the NCAA basketball game between the UCLA Bruins and the UNLV Rebels Pauley Pavilion. UCLA defeated UNLV 71-54. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Walton continues to play chess while the rest of us play Candy Land.

Walton, the legendary NBA big man turned elite basketball commentator and observer, was in attendance for Game 3 of the second-round playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. He showed up at head coach Steve Kerr’s pregame press conference and asked the funniest question.

“How can you get Steph Curry more halfcourt shots?” asked Walton, per Dalton Johnson of NBC Sports Bay Area.

“Steph? I’m all for that,” Kerr hilariously replied.

Walton must not have been too convinced by Kerr’s response. Television cameras later caught Walton talking to Curry himself before the game in what was likely a second effort to get more 45-foot missiles out of Curry.

The 69-year-old Walton is not like your traditional old head who loathes the three-point shot and prefers the traditional back-to-the-basket game of the esteemed George Mikan. No, on the contrary, Walton thinks that all the triples that are being taken these days are not coming from far enough.

Ultimately, there is nothing better than when Walton heads up north to take in a Warriors game. As we have seen time and time again, literally anything can happen when Big Red is in town.

Steve Kerr shares Gary Payton II’s tough reaction to injury

Gary Payton holds a ball

Apr 10, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II (0) during warmups before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors do not expect Gary Payton II to return to the court at any point in the near future. And after finally finding his place on an NBA team, head coach Steve Kerr admits that’s been crushing for Payton.

“Gary is out for the foreseeable future, for weeks. That’s the only thing that matters to us,” Kerr told reporters, via Yahoo! Sports. “He’s got a huge brace on his arm, and he’s gonna be out for a long time. He’s crushed.

“In the spotlight, playing in the playoffs, playing a huge role, playing well — that’s all been taken away from him. We all feel terrible for Gary, he deserves better.”

Any injury sustained during the playoffs while on a potential championship team is crushing. But for Payton, it’s even worse because he was finally coming into his own and seizing an opportunity that he’s worked extremely hard for. There’s also the added sourness over the injury occurring on what some have labeled a “dirty play.”

And Payton isn’t the only one impacted by this injury. The Warriors lose their best defender against Ja Morant, leaving them in a somewhat vulnerable position.

If Payton’s recovery goes well and the Warriors grind their way to the NBA Finals, there’s an outside chance he’ll be able to return. However, it’s more likely that Payton won’t step foot back on the court until next season.