Steve Kerr says he is ’embarrassed’ with Warriors’ performance following loss to Pacers
Over the past few seasons, the Golden State Warriors exuded an appearance of invincibility. That’s completely different from what they have been showing recently on the floor. The defending NBA champions have looked vulnerable this late in the season, as they continue to battle with injuries to some of their key players. But perhaps their biggest hurdle right now is overcoming the human nature of complacency.
Regardless of what happens the rest of the way of the regular season, the Warriors are going to end up clutching a No. 2 seed in the upcoming playoffs. That said, losing is never a good thing with or without something is on the line, and for Warriors head coach, the idea of not putting enough effort to win games is frustrating under any circumstance.
Speaking to reporters following an ugly 126-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers on the road Thursday, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr did not try to hide his frustration over the collective subpar performance of his players, per Mark Medina of The Mercury News.
“I’m mad. I’m embarrassed,” Kerr said. “I know that this game doesn’t mean anything in the seedings. But the playoffs start next week. It’s an embarrassing effort and a pathetic effort.”
The Warriors have gone 6-8 in their last 14 games. Against the Pacers, they shot an uncharacteristic 44.6 percent from the field. They were worse on the defensive end of the floor, as they allowed Victor Oladipo and company go on a 53.6 percent shooting spree from the floor. The Warriors were lazy against Indiana’s open court game with the Pacers outscoring Golden State in transition by a huge margin, 29-10. On top of that, the Pacers scored 26 points in the paint against the Warriors’ 40 in the shaded area. The Warriors were without Stephen Curry (ankle injury) but they still had Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green against the Pacers so there was not really a good excuse for Golden State to lose to Indiana.
Golden State only has three more games left on their regular-season schedule. The Warriors play the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday at home before finishing the season with a pair of road games against the Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz, respectively.