Steve Kerr thinks Warriors can improve fans' energy by playing better

Steve Kerr thinks Warriors can improve fans' energy by playing better

OAKLAND - Following Sunday's loss to the Phoenix Suns, Warriors guard Klay Thompson urged the Oracle Arena crowd to be better, and lamented the lack of energy from the home fans.

Fewer than 24 hours later, Warriors coach Steve Kerr took a more diplomatic approach when he was asked about Golden State's homecourt advantage. Kerr admitted a change in fan engagement, but noted the team's on-court play can be a factor in how spectators cheer. 

"I don't think there are any obligations," Kerr said Monday. "The teams that I cheer for, I don't feel obligated to cheer. There's no obligation. People follow us, people are sports fans because they are interested the team and the sport and the energy of it all, and it's on the team to make it interesting and make it compelling.

"I think we've done a pretty good job of that here and we've been blessed to have amazing fans here in the Bay Area, so it all ties together. Let's put a better effort out on the floor, and give our fans something to cheer for."

Thompson criticized the crowd on Sunday, saying he expects fans "to be a little more into it" during games. On Monday, Kerr said he agreed with Thompson, saying that fans have become accustomed to a certain standard over the last five years,

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But, Kerr thinks the Warriors, who have lost three of their last five games at home, can control fan reaction with on-court play. 

“I think I understood what he was talking about but like I said its all tied together," Kerr said. "When you play well, when you play with a great energy, a great pace and spirit, fans are going to be naturally more excited. And on the flip side, the fans were probably more excited five years ago than they are now because the journey was fresh and new and it's different now. It's different for everybody.

"I do know one thing, we thrive off on the energy at Oracle. The fans have helped us win at a high level and we need them, but we have to give them more to cheer about."

Warriors fans will next have an opportunity to plead their case on March 21, when Golden State hosts the Indiana Pacers.

Draymond Green sports wrap on wrist after Game 4, insists he's fine

Draymond Green sports wrap on wrist after Game 4, insists he's fine

Draymond Green was all over the place in Game 4.

The Warriors forward finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks in Golden State's 113-105 win over the Clippers.

But Green also came away with a brace on his right hand, though he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock that he's fine.

No word on what the injury is, but Draymond has two days to get treatment before the Warriors and Clippers play in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

"You gotta know that they are going to come out and play hard, " Green told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke after the game. "This is a team, there backs have been against the wall all year, and they put their head down and continued to work. So, we gotta come out and withstand that first punch and if we withstand that, we'll put ourselves in a good position."

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 113-105 Game 4 win vs. Clippers


Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 113-105 Game 4 win vs. Clippers


LOS ANGELES -- The Warriors have struggled with complacency all season long, sometimes letting inferior teams get the best of them on a national stage. 

That did not happen Sunday afternoon, when Golden State beat the LA Clippers 113-105 in Game 4 of their first-round NBA playoff series, taking a three-games-to-one series lead back to Oakland. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday night.

Any concern of early morning fatigue quickly vanished as the Warriors shot 50 percent in the first quarter, taking a quick 10-point lead. 

Here are the takeaways from the win at Staples Center.

Klay day (and everybody's celebratin')

Thompson got going early, making his first seven shots. He had 27 points by halftime, and finished with 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field. 

With LA keeping a close eye on Kevin Durant after his Game 3 performance and Stephen Curry struggling, there were many looks to be had for the veteran marksman. 

Thompson's Game 4 performance came with a bit of redemption. Entering Sunday, he had made just five 3-pointers in the series. As the postseason drags on, performances like what Thompson did Sunday will be increasingly imperative for the Warriors. 

Easy money

Following Thompson's lead, Durant churned in an impressive performance, finishing with 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists. 

Durant provided a stabilizing force in the third quarter as the Clippers took a brief lead, hitting a few jumpers to keep the Warriors afloat and take a three-point lead into the fourth. 

Much has been made of Durant's facilitating over the last few weeks, but he's been as aggressive as ever in the two games in Los Angeles, scoring more than 30 points in each outing. 

Curry getting too personal(s)

While Thompson and Durant cooked, Curry was cold, finishing with just 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting from the field. A big reason for Curry's shooting woes was his foul trouble, as he racked up four personals, two of which came in the first quarter. 

Fouling has been an impediment for Curry in this series. Through four games, he has committed 17 personals, and he nearly fouled out of Game 3. 

For the Warriors and Curry to be successful, he'll have to stay on the floor and out of foul trouble.