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Steve Kerr: I'm going to put Steph Curry in a better position to get going

Steve Kerr: I'm going to put Steph Curry in a better position to get going

Steph Curry strugged on Sunday against the Cavs.

The reigning back-to-back MVP scored 15 points on 4-for-11 shooting. He recorded three rebounds, three assists, three steals and three turnovers.

Is Curry overthinking things?

"I think it's a combination of the entire process," Steve Kerr told reporters on Tuesday. "We're 32 games into this. He made a clear effort in training camp to defer to Kevin (Durant). He wanted to get Kevin comfortable. We're still learning as a coaching staff where to put pieces. What works, what doesn't. We've thrown out three or four things that we thought might work that haven't worked.

"I think Steph has probably had the biggest adjustment of all of our players with Kevin's arrival. I think if you look at it from a practical standpoint, he's doing great. His numbers are still fantastic ... but he also happens to be coming off the greatest shooting season in the history of mankind last year. So he has set the bar so high for himself that it's going to be a point of discussion.

"I think we can help him -- I can certainly put him in a better position to get going, which I will. We're still learning, we're still growing. I'm not the slightest bit concerned ... it's just part of our progression as a team."

Last season, Curry shot 45.4 percent from deep -- 43 percent on pull-ups (off the dribble) and 48.4 percent on catch and shoot triples. He made an NBA single-season record 402 3-pointers.

Curry averaged 30.1 points and 6.7 assists on 20.2 shots (11.2 3s) per game.

This year, Curry is shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc -- 29.3 percent on pull-ups and the same 48.4 percent clip on catch and shoot. He is on pace to make just under 312 3-pointers.

He is averaging 24.1 points and 5.8 assists on 16.8 shots (9.4 3s) per contest.

On Tuesday night, CSN Bay Area's Dave Feldman asked Curry about adjusting to playing with Durant.

"It's just different," Curry started. "You have to be purposeful about how we're playing and the things that we need to do game in and game out to be our best. And we're still learning those lessons -- myself individually, KD, all the other guys as well.

"Not worried about it all because we have such smart, high IQ guys, unselfish guys on our team that the best way for us to win will show itself and we'll make it happen."

Last season, Curry shot 46.2 percent from distance on the road and 44.5 percent at home.

This season, he is at 33.3 percent on the road and over 48 percent at Oracle Arena.

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

First, there was #ChinaKlay.

Now, there is #FakeKlay.

In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.

A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.

"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."

So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.

Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

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Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

OAKLAND -- Sidelined with a back strain, Andre Iguodala spent Tuesday night “yelling at the TV more than I normally do” as the Warriors labored through an uneven performance before blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.

So there was Iguodala, this time with his teammates, sitting before a monitor Wednesday as coach Steve Kerr review the horror show that was a 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets.

“We only did about a half-hour on the floor, mostly skill work,” Kerr said after the light practice. “Watched a lot of video.

“That game was a weird game because we were shooting the ball well and scoring enough to win. But we never had control of it the way we normally have control of a game, with defense and toughness.”

Though the Warriors were hampered by injuries -- Iguodala being out, while Draymond Green and Omri Casspi were hurt during the game -- beyond their control, there was at least one thing they believe they can fix immediately.

They can avoid some of the fouls, particularly those that are mindless.

That’s the trap Stephen Curry fell into, picking up three fouls in the first four minutes. That he was limited to 30 minutes, and only 18 through the first three quarters, had an impact on the playing rotation and was a factor in the loss.

“The only thing I’m worried about with him is just those little fouls,” Iguodala said. “Because when he’s on the court, no matter if he’s scoring or not, he’s making life easier for everyone else.”

Kerr after the game cited conditioning as an issue and elaborated on the subject Wednesday.

“Conditioning is not just physical. It’s mental, too,” he said. “We were not ready, mentally, to play that game, even when we weren’t tired early in the game.

“There were other lapses, too. After made baskets, transition threes for them we neglected to pick up. That’s not physical conditioning. That’s mental conditioning. That’s where we need to get better. And we will.”

The Warriors will be wounded in more ways than one when they board their flight to New Orleans Thursday morning. They’ll have some achy players, for sure, but they’ll also have a 0-1 record.

“I feel like losses have this huge effect on us that usually benefits us,” Iguodala said.