Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors have won at a rate of nearly 80% during his time in charge. They’re looking to three-peat while winning their fourth title in five years. But on Saturday, they fell to the Detroit Pistons 111-102. They’ve now lost two in a row and are 15-9, good for being a game out of first but still in fourth. As for Saturday’s loss, though, Kerr blames himself and himself alone.
“I did not like our offense tonight and I’ve got to do a better job,” Kerr told reporters following the loss via The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “Honestly, tonight was probably a game I could mark down as one of my worst performances as a coach.”
That’s quite the statement. After all, the Warriors have lost just 72 times during Kerr’s time in charge. And a regular-season loss to the decent Pistons is his worst performance as a coach? Well damn, that’s got to make the Warriors feel pretty good. If that is him at his worst, then the rest of the league doesn’t have a chance come playoff time.
“We got a little wayward with the early foul trouble and then we had some combinations out there that we hadn’t planned on going to that clearly were not effective and that’s my fault,” he adds. “All in all, I’ve got to do a better job than I’ve done here the first couple months of the season. This has got to get better. We have to get better shots, we’ve got to get more spacing, get a better flow.”
For what it’s worth, Kevin Durant isn’t having any of that. When it comes to putting players in the best position to win, that obviously comes down to coaching. But the execution is up to the players, and Durant knows it. He thinks they can do a better job of being in the right position. Additionally, he doesn’t believe that’s Kerr’s job to figure out.
“Sometime’s our spacing is a little messed up, and that’s on the leaders of the team out on the floor to get that in order,” Durant said via The Mercury News’ Mark Medina. “I don’t think coach can correct that. I think that’s on us as leaders on the floor.”
In front of Golden State in the standings are the Thunder, Clippers and Nuggets. The Warriors are better than all of them obviously. Stephen Curry just made his return on Saturday, scoring 27 points on 10-of-21 shooting. Once he gets back into a rhythm, Kerr’s Warriors will be fine. Up next, they take on the Atlanta Hawks tonight away from home.
They’ll be just fine.