Warriors’ Steve Kerr says loss to Suns “opened our eyes a little bit”
Sometimes, a championship team needs to lose to one of the worst teams in its league in order to realize its potential. At least, that’s something Steve Kerr can appreciate.
That process accurately reflects what happened to the Golden State Warriors.
After being on the receiving end of one of the biggest upsets this NBA season, suffering a 115-101 loss against the Phoenix Suns a week ago, the Warriors bounced back by beating two of the best teams in the Western Conference. They started with a 106-104 win against the Houston Rockets last Wednesday before taking care of the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night.
Steve Kerr said the loss to the Suns served as a wake-up call for the defending champions.
“I think the loss to Phoenix opened our eyes a little bit.” —@SteveKerr on why things have clicked the last two games for them.
— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) March 17, 2019
The Rockets and the Thunder are considered the only teams who could possibly take out the Warriors out West. By beating them both, the Dubs sent a strong statement to the rest of the league that they are not going to relinquish their throne easily.
What’s more impressive about the Dubs’ last two victories is the fact that they achieved them without reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant.
Golden State is expected to win its third straight title this year, despite struggling early in the season. However, the loss against Phoenix should make the Warriors realize that if a bad team can beat them when they are complacent, things could be worse against a contender.
They have responded well, and look ready for whatever happens in the postseason.