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Kerr references 'karma' when discussing Draymond's 3-point shooting

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Kerr references 'karma' when discussing Draymond's 3-point shooting

Draymond Green did not shoot the ball well the first seven games of the season.

He went 5-for-23 (22 percent) from distance over that span.

It's been a different story the last two weeks, as he is 13-for-24 (54 percent) over the last seven games.

"I think he's working extra hard these last few weeks after he got off to that slow start with his shooting," Steve Kerr told reporters on Tuesday. "When he shoots the ball well, it's devastating because he's the one that people are gonna leave open -- for good reason ... Draymond understands that.

"What he's done is he has a great feel now for when to shoot. And I want him shooting 3s, and he knows that. But I don't want the quick one before we've explored other stuff. But what he's been great at the last couple weeks, is early in the clock he's getting an open 3 and he's driving it. He's going right to the hole and he's kicking it.

"And so now we're getting an extra rotation from the defense -- possibly a mistake from the defense -- and the shot that he's taking is the one after we've explored everything. It's been fun to watch that awareness from him."

So Kerr doesn't want the quick one, huh?

Draymond's 3-point shooting as it relates to the shot clock, according to NBA.com (last seven games):

- 22 to 18 (very early) = 4 for 4
- 18 to 15 (early) = 1 for 4
- 15 to 7 (average) = 6 for 13
- 4 to 0 (very late) = 2 for 3 

Some of Draymond's attempts against the Magic:

And one from the win over the Spurs:

And when you're up 18 in the fourth quarter -- and you're 3-for-4 from distance so far in the game -- you gotta live with this one, right?

"I think there is something to taking the right 3 -- whether it's karma or rhythm," Kerr said. "You have to know your game and know your place in the offense. And I think Draymond's in a great groove right now in terms of his balance between the drive-and-kick game and taking the right 3-point shots.

"And then, I'm all for -- if he makes a couple in a row, I'm fine with him launching one. He's hot, go for it."

Is Draymond aware of this...?

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

After nail clipper and Rubik's cube, what will Steve Kerr do next?

After nail clipper and Rubik's cube, what will Steve Kerr do next?

A week ago, Steve Kerr needed something to occupy the time while reporters tweeted out news that Andre Iguodala would start in place of Kevin Durant against the Timberwolves.

The Warriors head coach pulled out a nail clipper and performed maintainence on his "troublesome cuticles."

Everyone in attendance got a good laugh out of the situation.

Five days later, after announcing that Steph Curry would sit out Monday's game against the Magic, Kerr "solved" a Rubik's cube while reporters tweeted the news.

Now that this has become a regular thing, that got us here at NBC Sports Bay Area thinking: What will Kerr do next? VOTE IN OUR POLL BELOW.

Should the Warriors really be that worried about turnovers? Maybe not

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Should the Warriors really be that worried about turnovers? Maybe not

Steve Kerr, who is essentially qualified to coach the best team in American team sports (not of all time, not yet, but for the moment), likes to harp on his team’s occasionally cavalier treatment of the basketball it fights so hard to obtain.
 
It’s what coaches do – complain about lost possessions due to turnovers.
 
And frankly, the logic is unassailable. You never make a shot the other team gets to take instead of you. Can’t be plainer than that.
 
But here’s the odd thing. Based on the only metric that truly matters even in this math-engorged world -- wins -- the Warriors’ turnover rate is actually minimally instructive (all numbers brought you by the genii at BasketballReference.com).
 
Their average number of turnovers per game in the Kerr Era is 14.9 per game, so we can round that off to 15. In the 135 games the Warriors have played with 14 or fewer turnovers, they are 117-18, the season equivalent of 71-11.
 
But in the 125 with 15 or more, they are 99-24, the equivalent of 66-16. Those five games are a difference without distinction.
 
Odder still, when the Warriors commit the same number or fewer turnovers as their opponents, they are 106-31, or 63-19, but when they commit more, they are 110-11, or 74-8.
 
This is not an advertisement for the Warriors to start throwing the ball into the crowd like souvenirs; turnovers are still bad things. They just don’t undermine this team.
 
What does undermine it, to the extent that is underminable, is having a defensive rating worse than its league-leading 103 (109-39, or 60-22) or shooting below its league-leading .488 field goal percentage (58-24), or effective field goal percentage (60-22).
 
In other words, we will need to find something else to obsess about in our frantic attempt to find some drama in the Golden State Era. The worst team they are statistically is a team that is third-best in the league at any time, and if that isn’t good enough for you, you’re in for a very hard fall when this train finally pulls into the station, its journey completed.
 
Kerr, we cannot help. He must be what he must be. The handbook says he must hate turnovers, so he must hate turnovers. Otherwise, practices wouldn’t even be worth having, and then coaches would start roaming the land unsupervised barking orders at total strangers, and who needs that?