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Steve Kerr on Game 2 loss to Rockets: ‘They kicked our butts’

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr didn’t sugarcoat his take on a 22-point loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night, putting it as simply as can be.

“They kicked our butts; no other way to say it,” Kerr said, according to Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News. “It often comes down to which one has the edge in terms of the aggression and desperation. They were desperate tonight. We didn’t. The results showed.”

The Warriors’ vocal leaders followed, taking full responsibility for their approach and poor defensive attention span.

“I just think our game plan discipline wasn’t good,” forward Draymond Green said. “We knew what type of force they’d come out with. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before. We just didn’t have really good game-plan discipline.”

Even Kevin Durant, who led the scoring of an otherwise meek Golden State team, took the blame for a sluggish start to the first quarter, as the Warriors committed seven turnovers in that first period after coughing the ball up only nine times total in Game 1.

“I take full responsibility for the start of the game,” said Durant, who had five turnovers for the whole game. “After that, it’s contagious. After that, the teammates follow my lead. I can’t start the game off like that.”

The Warriors had only seven fast break points, which showed in Durant’s lack of assists in Game 2, taking every shot when given the ball in an isolation situation. The 2014 MVP was effective with the ball, though, shooting 13-of-22 from the field, 3-of-7 from deep, and a perfect 9-of-9 from the stripe.