This week has been an emotional roller coaster for the Warriors, and Steve Kerr says the drama affected his team’s performance Thursday night against the Rockets. Golden State was on the wrong side of a 107-86 pounding, and the team’s morale wasn’t at its peak.
“We’re banged up a little bit physically, and right now we’re banged up spiritually,” Kerr told reporters (via ESPN). “There’s no getting around that. So we’ve got to fill up our cup and get our spirit back, get out energy back, and we’re going to.”
The Warriors’ latest loss was Draymond Green’s first time playing since he received a one-game suspension for his comments to Kevin Durant.
Green is known as a fiery competitor, but Golden State felt he crossed the line after his late-game mistake that contributed to a loss to the Clippers earlier in the week. It’s an unspoken rule that contract discussions shouldn’t take place between teammates during the season, and his actions appear to have affected the Warriors locker room.
Kerr typically isn’t one to make excuses. When his team is flat out bad, he admits it. It’s just rare that it performs so poorly. Perhaps that absence of Stephen Curry is also contributing to the Warriors’ disarray. Still, the Warriors have the best record in the Western Conference, but they’ll have to straighten out a few things to keep it that way.
The Warriors play the Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday. The Mavs held the Jazz to 68 points in a 50-point victory Wednesday, but it’s unlikely they’ll be able to produce the same results in back-to-back games.
Every team will have cold nights, but look for Golden State to make it a point to try and re-establish its offensive dominance.