Drew Shiller

Steve Kerr takes blame, 'should have broken a clipboard' after early Game 4 turnovers

Steve Kerr takes blame, 'should have broken a clipboard' after early Game 4 turnovers

In Game 4 vs the Spurs, the Warriors committed their seventh turnover with 7:31 remaining...

... in the first quarter.

After practice on Monday, Steve Kerr talked about the loss in San Antonio.

[PODCAST: Player-by-player breakdown of Game 4 loss at Spurs]

"Lack of focus to start the game was really the key," Kerr told reporters. "More than energy, it was a sense of purpose. And I take a lot of the blame for that. I should know better as a coach of a team that's been up 3-0 plenty times, you gotta know you're going into the lion's den...

"It just felt like kind of a regular-season approach on a back-to-back instead of a closeout playoff game. I thought our guys played hard for the most part during the game, but not in a smart fashion. I don't think we played mindfully and that's gotta change."

Despite trailing by as many as 17 points late in the first half, the Warriors battled back.

It was a two-point game with a little less than six minutes remaining, but the Spurs simply made more plays down the stretch.

As for the first few minutes of the game:

"I could tell right away -- looking back at the tape I should have taken a timeout three minutes into the game and broken a clipboard (laughter)" Kerr said ."More than that I should have had them prepared pregame for what was coming and I didn't feel like I did a good job at that.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Steph Curry strikes deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Report: Steph Curry strikes deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment

Steph Curry is making moves off the court.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the following news on Monday afternoon:

"After intense courting across the industry, Sony Pictures Entertainment on Monday will announce that it has closed a wide-ranging, multi-year development deal with Curry’s newly formed production company Unanimous Media. The shingle is named for the Golden State Warrior point guard’s distinction in 2016 of becoming the first NBA player to sweep the Most Valuable Player award’s 131 votes.

The first-look film and TV deal also will extend to opportunities in partnerships, electronics, gaming and virtual reality. Curry’s production headquarters will be located on the Sony Pictures studio lot in Culver City.

Curry issued the following statement to the Reporter:

“I’ve been blessed to have this platform and I want to use it to affect the world positively. Partnering with Sony to share inspiring content with a global audience was a foregone conclusion."

The financial details of the deal with Sony are unknown at this point.

In 2017, Curry made about $35 million in endorsements, according to Forbes.

And last summer, he signed a 5-year extension with the Warriors that will pay him just over $201 million.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Film room: Kevin Durant still looking to bust out of mini 3-point slump

Film room: Kevin Durant still looking to bust out of mini 3-point slump

Kevin Durant attempted 13 3-pointers in Game 4 against the Spurs.

He made his first two, but then missed nine of his next 11 to finish 4-for-13.

The 2017 Finals MVP is now 9-for-32 (28.1 percent) from deep in the series.

His struggles from beyond the arc actually began over the final five games of the regular season, when he shot a combined 10-for-34 (29.4 percent) from distance.

Over his first 63 regular-season games, Durant shot 43 percent from 3-point range -- which would have been a career best had the season ended on April 1.

So how do you explain the mini slump that he's in?

The only explanation I can think of -- shot selection.

Let's take a look at a couple of his attempts from Game 4:

1) Durant comes off a ball screen and has Pau Gasol on him. With 13 seconds left on the shot clock, it's fair to say that Durant settled when he could have easily beat Gasol off the dribble (even still, the shot goes in-and-out and Kevon Looney gets an offensive rebound and a layup).

2) Durant gets the rebound and pushes in transition. Draymond sets a high ball screen and Durant fires away with 18 seconds left on the shot clock. Based on the way Durant claps as he gets back in defense, he may have realized it was a "bad shot" (it's difficult for any shot Durant takes to be considered "bad.")

3) Another example of Durant settling when he could have blown right past Gasol (especially with 13 seconds left on the shot clock).

4) And sometimes, you just miss wide open ones...

Is Durant's 3-point shot something to be concerned about? Definitely not.

But it's worth monitoring as the playoffs roll on...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller