Steve Kerr said to give him 20 games to figure this Warriors team out. But 16 games into the season, everything is still up for assessment.
"I think we're getting a pretty good look at everything and we've just had two bad losses in a row and we've got to assess everything," Kerr told the media in a postgame Zoom press conference.
The first bad loss was against the New York Knicks on Thursday night. That night, there was far too much fouling, which led to Kerr calling his players undisciplined.
On Saturday, the Warriors fell to the Jazz 127-108, a game in which nothing went right for Golden State.
After allowing the Jazz to get out to a 19-2 start, the Warriors were able to pull within single digits early in the second quarter. But by halftime, it was a massacre.
Kerr hasn't defended his group, the rotations and the lineups for mistakes they make. He's said that if he really had to win games right now he wouldn't be starting the group of Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre, Draymond Green and James Wiseman. But at the same time, he's never said that the starting lineup was a unit he was considering tinkering with. Until now.
"The main thing that I have been firm about is that we are a team that has just ben together. A team with a lot of moving parts," Kerr said. "We don't have any continuity on this team. I think that has been apparent throughout the early part of the season. We have to continue to build something that we can rely on ... But there's no doubt that we have to assess everything as a staff, as an organization."
The Warriors starting lineup has a -6.1 net rating, which isn't terrible, but also not what you want in your starters. No longer are the days when the Warriors can climb out of a 20-point hole without hesitation. They need to get off to a better start.
Out of the five players in the starting lineup, Curry, Green and Wiggins should all maintain their starting roles. As for the other two spots, currently occupied by Wiseman and Oubre, these are the areas that are most likely to see change sooner than later.