Steve Kerr admits that the Pelicans present a ‘unique challenge’
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr knows his team must make the necessary adjustments to put this series away with them up 2-1 in the Western Conference Semifinals, but it will not be easy by any stretch of the imagination.
“This series is pretty unique because they play so small and our bench is filled with centers. It’s the first series I can really remember where we haven’t really been able to go 10, 11 deep since I’ve been here,” coach Kerr said on Saturday. “They’re a very unique challenge. So we’re down a body with Patrick McCaw, as he would make a lot of sense with his defense in this series.”
McCaw, the 22-year-old reserve shooting guard who has missed the Warriors’ last 14 games, injured his lower back in a scary fall following a collision with Sacramento Kings veteran Vince Carter back on March 31.
A video clip of Kerr’s interview with members of the media, which was kindly posted to Twitter by Warriors beat reporter Anthony Slater of The Athletic, can be viewed below.
Steve Kerr: "They play so small and our bench is filled with centers. It's the first series I can really remember where we haven't been able to go 10, 11 deep." pic.twitter.com/6m61TmAPVz
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 5, 2018
As a team, the Warriors had a tough time shooting from the field and only made 35-of-92 (38.0 percent) of their shots, including superstar point guard Stephen Curry going just 6-of-19 from the floor in the 19-point loss.
Coach Kerr and his Warriors will look to bounce back and attempt to take a 3-1 series lead on Sunday afternoon in Game 4 at Smoothie King Center.