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Warriors coach Steve Kerr reveals true silver lining of losses to Suns, Spurs

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SAN FRANCISCO — Saturday night, the Golden State Warriors had their 11-game home winning streak snapped. It came to an end at the hands of a team they knew they could beat. The San Antonio Spurs went to the Chase Center and left with a victory improving their record to a not-so-impressive 8-13, though they have won four games in a row.

It was the back end of a back-to-back, right after defeating the Phoenix Suns, the same team that bested the Warriors earlier in the week. Saturday was a game some felt Stephen Curry should rest. After the 7-of-28 shooting performance we saw from him, maybe he could have used a break. One of the hottest teams in the NBA has now won one of their last three games.

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“We didn’t have to win last night (against Phoenix). 1-2 this week. It’s the whole body of work that counts. We’re 19-4, and we’ve gotten off to a great start … so we’re in a great place,” Kerr told ClutchPoints.

The statement comes from a coach with experience of being excellent. Kerr coached a Warriors team that started by winning the first 24 games of a season and finished with the best regular-season record of all time, 73-9. It’s also the same year they squandered a 3-1 playoff lead and lost the NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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So, although the Warriors would love to win every game for the fans, they are playing chess and not checkers this season. The regular season is a marathon, not a sprint. There’s still a ton of basketball to be played, and this 1-2 week this early in the year isn’t something the team needs to worry about for now.