Steve Kerr blames himself for not preparing Warriors after loss to Thunder
Steve Kerr blamed his own lack of proper preparation for Wednesday’s 108-91 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road. Despite having his star forward Kevin Durant available to play, the Golden State Warriors head coach was thoroughly outcoached, according to Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post.
The third-year head coach put the blame on himself, telling reporters his team wasn’t properly prepared to play a much-improved Thunder team.
“Their defensive effort was great,” said Kerr of the Thunder. “I thought they completely outplayed us, outcoached us.”
“Their night, it was absolutely their night. They brought the energy, they brought the juice, they brought the intelligence. We didn’t bring any of that.”
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The Warriors were mired in a 17-point hole by halftime and it didn’t get better from there, as Russell Westbrook and company grew their already-sizeable lead by making plays on transition and using their length to wreak havoc on defense. The Thunder coupled their defensive effort with some timely outings from their Big Three, who scored 76 of the team’s 108 points on Wednesday night.
Golden State remained frustrated with calls by the officials, which started with Steve Kerr, and then into Draymond Green, who grabbed his sixth technical foul only 18 games into the young season.