You could say the Warriors’ record is 20-20 for a reason.
A game after dominating the West-leading Jazz, Golden State lost big to LeBron James and the Lakers, 128-97. Superstar Stephen Curry lead the Warriors in scoring with 27, but the rest of the squad never got on track.
Coach Steve Kerr didn’t take the loss lightly. He said the core of his team was challenged and wilted, essentially. Here’s his postgame comment per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.
It’s never good when the head coach says something like that. Kerr had reason to be upset for multiple reasons, most notably the Lakers’ astounding 62.8 percent field goal percentage for the game, including a 40.7 percent clip from 3-point range. LA also scored points in the paint at will, led by Montrezl Harrell, who had 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting.
Also at issue were the Warriors’ 22 turnovers, and Golden State lost the rebounding battle soundly, 46-30. They young reserve unit that thrived against the Jazz struggled, as well.
The Warriors are still looking for apparently elusive momentum on the season, and they have to have a consistent “spirit,” as coach Kerr put it, if they’re going to string wins together. The schedule eases moving forward, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy for Golden State. Especially if they allow a team to shoot more than 60 percent from the field for 48 minutes.
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