The Warriors played their 72-game regular season and then faced the Lakers in the 7-8 game on Wednesday night. But guess what? The Grizzlies had the exact same circumstances. They even had a longer distance to travel in between play-in games (Memphis to San Francisco). Maybe the Warriors were fatigued, but they had no circumstances that were different from Memphis that might have made things more difficult in that regard. The one thing the Warriors should consider is the depth of their team, which is lacking.
What’s tough for Golden State is to have rallied at the end of the regular season the way they did (winning eight of nine games), only to lose a pair of heartbreakers in their play-in games. On Friday the Grizzlies edged them in overtime. On Wednesday, LeBron James and the Lakers got them with a 3-pointer.
The Golden State Warriors are clinging to the 10th and final postseason spot in the Western Conference after their blowout loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, and Steve Kerr wants to see more urgency from his team.
The Warriors fell to 31-31 on the season with the 133-103 home loss. They are now four games ahead of the 11th-place New Orleans Pelicans with 10 games remaining, so it would take a real disaster for them to miss the play-in tournament. However, Kerr wants too see his players treat the next 10 games like the playoffs.
Steve Kerr: "I told our team this morning, 'The playoffs start now.' These next 10 games are the playoffs, in my mind." The goal right now is to get the seven spot.
The top six teams in each conference are guaranteed a playoff spot this year, while Nos. 7-10 will take part in the play-in tournament. The No. 7 seed will host the No. 8 seed in the first play-in game, and the winner of that game gets into the playoffs. The loser plays the winner of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 matchup, with the winner of that game earning the final playoff spot in the conference.
Golden State entered Thursday 3.5 games behind the No. 6 seed Dallas Mavericks and 3 games behind the No. 7 seed Portland Trail Blazers. As far as the play-in tournament goes, earning the No. 7 seed clearly carries an advantage, as that team would host a game and only have to win that game to get into the playoffs. Even if that team lost, they would still have another shot to beat the winner of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 game.
The Golden State Warriors find themselves in the unique spot of trying to get in contention with the core they have while simultaneously trying to develop a heralded rookie.
Coach Steve Kerr admitted that developing rookie center James Wiseman will take time, and that timeline might not necessarily align with the team’s core remaining contenders.
“I know we can further the conversation and say, ‘What about the timeline with Steph [Curry and Draymond [Green] and Klay [Thompson] and what does that mean.’ And those are valid questions,” Kerr told 95.7 The Game’s “Damon, Ratto & Kolsky” on Friday, via Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area. “Can we get James up to speed quick enough to match the timeline with our three core guys? And that’s a great question. And we don’t know the answer. But when you go into a draft and you see someone who potentially is a generational talent, then that’s a decision you have to make.”
Curry is 33, while Thompson and Green are both 31. They represent a championship core, but there’s no guarantee that lasts another five years. It means Wiseman has to hurry to get on their level, and his season-ending meniscus injury will not help with that.
Steve Kerr’s alma mater is looking for a new head coach. But unfortunately for them, Kerr is happy right where he is.
The Golden State Warriors coach responded this week to the recent rumors linking him to the University of Arizona job. The Wildcats just fired Sean Miller, who had coached the team for the last 12 seasons.
“I have a great job right now,” said Kerr, per Kendra Andrews of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I love coaching the Warriors, so I’m not going anywhere. But I am very interested in what happens, and I have a lot of love for my alma mater and definitely want to thank Sean for his 12 years.
“It’s well known that I’m quite happy here,” Kerr continued. “I have great relationships with people at the U of A and have stayed in touch over the years, so that’s already understood.”
Kerr, who is in his seventh season with Golden State, is one of the most accomplished head coaches in the NBA today. He already has five Finals appearances and three championships under his belt. While the Warriors have fallen on tougher times lately, there is really no reason for Kerr to abandon the good thing that he has going on in the NBA.
The 55-year-old Kerr was a five-year senior at Arizona from 1983 to 1988. He helped lead the team to the Final Four in the 1987-1988 season, and his 38 consecutive games with a three-pointer that year is a Division I record that still stands today. But if the Wildcats want to hire a famous alum to be their next head coach, this guy is probably a much better bet.
Steve Kerr is “angry” over the way a comment he made on a podcast was portrayed.
Kerr joined Logan Murdock’s podcast for an episode that was published on Monday. In the episode, Kerr was talking with Murdock about the stress of leading the Warriors when they had championship expectations, compared to last season’s poor showing. From a stress standpoint, last season was more enjoyable for Kerr than the final season with Kevin Durant on the team.
Kerr feels NBC Sports Bay Area’s Drew Shiller made the coach look bad with the way he portrayed the comment on Twitter.
Steve Kerr told @loganmmurdock he enjoyed last season (when the Warriors went 15-50) more than Kevin Durant's final season with the Warriors.
"That last year was tough. There was a lot going on — some that you know about and some that you don’t. That was very difficult."
That led Kerr to address things on Monday. Kerr said that context was lacking from the quote Schiller tweeted.
“That year was just a bear. It was stress level … two season-ending injuries during the Finals. DeMarcus (Cousins) also had a serious injury … we had all kinds of stress. The whole point of the conversation was the stress of the five-year run compared to coaching a team of young guys that doesn’t win as many games, but is eager to win.”
Kerr continued to say how unfair the tweet was, because it made it seem like it was a shot at Durant.
“That is the furthest thing from the truth. It was a terribly unfair shot, completely taking something out of context …” Kerr said.
Coach Kerr is right, but you know this goes, right Steve? Adding in context means fewer retweets and less virality. Unfortunately, most people are more concerned with virality first and fairness second, which leads to these situations.
Steve Kerr, unprompted, brings up a podcast comment of his that went viral today involving KD's final season compared to last season. Said he is "angry" about the way it was contextualized.
Kevin Durant doesn’t seem to think much of Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s recent comments about Durant’s final season with the team.
Kerr was a guest on Logan Murdock’s podcast for an episode that was published on Monday. Kerr said he enjoyed the 2019-20 season — which saw the Warriors go 15-50 — more than he enjoyed Durant’s final season with Golden State in 2018-19. That Warriors team ultimately lost in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, ending a year that had Durant’s impending free agency hanging over the entire season.
Durant responded on Twitter with his own take on Kerr’s commentary.
Steve Kerr offered a funny comment after his Golden State Warriors lost badly to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
The Lakers beat the Warriors 117-91. They were up so big that their top starters like LeBron James only played 24 minutes. All 15 of their players got to see minutes in the game.
The Warriors had a poor shooting night and only made 23.5 percent of their threes. These kinds of blowout losses don’t happen too often for the Warriors, which is why Kerr won’t stew on it.
Kerr said this is the type of game you flush down the toilet and move on from.
Kerr: "This was very, very surprising for me. But I've been in the league long enough to know, too, there's going to be a handful of games every year that are sort of inexplicable, and this is one you don't spend too much time on. You flush the toilet and you move on."
The Golden State Warriors are very much in the Western Conference playoff hunt, but head coach Steve Kerr refuses to go full Leeroy Jenkins.
Kerr said this week that the team will not extend star guard Stephen Curry’s minutes in order to chase victories this season.
“I’m into the long game,” said Kerr, per Nick Friedell of ESPN. “We’re counting on having Steph here a long time, many years ahead. And I’m not interested in grinding through this season, which is already a difficult season given the COVID regulations, just the nature of the games themselves, these eerie, empty stadiums.
“For me, for our organization, we’re not throwing Steph out there for 40 minutes to chase wins,” Kerr added. “We got another game [Tuesday]. We want Steph to be playing at a high level for many years, so we’re going to stay very disciplined and try to keep him at that 34-, 35-minute mark.”
Curry is putting on a show every night for Golden State, averaging a near career-best 29.5 points to go along with 5.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. But he will turn 33 next month, and the team is limiting him to a semi-conservative 33.8 minutes per game thus far.
While the Dubs are ninth in the West at 12-12, this is essentially another placeholder year for them. Klay Thompson is out with a torn Achilles, rookie James Wiseman is developing, and Kelly Oubre will be a free agent after the season. Curry is getting a chance to add new wrinkles to his offensive game, but by no means will the team run him into the ground for no reason.
Kelly Oubre is just finding his groove for the Golden State Warriors, so this week’s trade rumors are coming at a particularly inopportune time.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr indicated on Wednesday that he was unhappy that rumors about Oubre were leaked to the media.
“It’s unfortunate,” said Kerr, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “Team called us and asked about him. Didn’t even make an offer, asked about Kelly. Next thing it’s online.”
Shams Charania, also of The Athletic, had reported about the Oubre talks. Charania said that the Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans had discussed a potential deal involving Oubre, the 25-year-old swingman. He did add though that there was no traction as of yet.
The former first-round pick Oubre may indeed be a trade chip ahead of the March 25 deadline. But Kerr knows how damaging such rumors can be for player morale, regardless of if anything actually results from them.
Steve Kerr will be experiencing something unusual when the NBA season begins later this month.
For the first time, the Golden State Warriors will be playing games without fans in attendance. You may recall that the Warriors had the worst record in the NBA last year and did not qualify for the Orlando restart, where teams played fan-less games.
Kerr spoke with the media on Tuesday and said it would be “weird” playing without fans. He acknowledged how much the Warriors get energy from their fans.
Kerr "But this is the reality of life in 2020. So we'll get out there, compete. We'll be ready to roll. And we can't wait to get our fans back whenever that is."
No team thrived off crowd energy more than Warriors over years. It's going to be interesting to see how they adjust.