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Steve Kerr upset Warriors didn’t reach their ‘standard’ in 30-point loss to Lakers

Steve Kerr, Warriors, Lakers

The Golden State Warriors took a 30-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, a team that rolled into Chase Center without one of their star players in LeBron James.

While the Warriors were also short-handed without Andrew Wiggins, head coach Steve Kerr warned he expected to see a full 48-minute effort from his team:

“We understand where we are record-wise, but we have a standard… we didn’t reach that standard tonight,” said Kerr after a 116-86 loss, according to Wes Goldberg of the The Mercury News.

The Warriors managed to keep it competitive in the first half but fell apart in the third, allowing the Lakers to take a massive 40-17 advantage in the frame as the game got out of hand.

Golden State wasn’t the same team after that and mustered 17 points again in the fourth quarter in a disappointing display of effort. Frustrated by it all, Draymond Green earned his 12th and 13th technical fouls of the season within 11 seconds of each other, resulting in his consequent ejection with 5:45 left in the second quarter.

To make matters worse, rookie Jordan Poole, who had been starting for Kerr in the last few games, limped off with 5:44 remaining in the third after rolling his right ankle, though he later returned after getting it re-taped. Ky Bowman suffered a sprained ankle that will likely keep him out a bit.

The Warriors have been trying to get by with a slew of players on 10-day contracts, but the talent disparity has been quite evident, resulting in an eight-game skid which has left Kerr quite disappointed. Kerr just wants to get another W soon:

“We need to win a game,” said Kerr. “We need to win a game once in a while to feel better about things. Right now we’re in a bad stretch. It’s tough.”

The Warriors are a wretched 12-47 on the season, the worst record in the NBA.