Warriors

Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO -- Anything that needed to be known about the Warriors' 116-86 blowout loss to the Lakers on Thursday night could be gathered by the end of Steve Kerr's postgame press conference.

Usually a candid speaker, the coach had pointed responses for any and all questions following the Warriors' eighth straight loss.

"It's not fun," Kerr deadpanned when asked how he's dealing with the season.

A question about his battered roster elicited a slightly extended response.

"We have a high degree of hobbledness," Kerr quipped.

Kerr's frustration comes with merit. As of Thursday, the 12-47 Warriors have lost more games this season than in his first three seasons combined. While injuries to Klay Thompson and Steph Curry provide valid excuses for the lost season, his team's effort in its latest defeat brought the coach to a new low.  

"We understand where we are record-wise," Kerr said. "But we still have a standard that we need to play to, and we didn't do that."

Kerr's ire began with 5:45 left in the first half, when forward Draymond Green was ejected after earning his second technical foul of the game, putting him two away from an automatic suspension. It was compounded in the third quarter when the Warriors were outscored 40-17. Along the way, they accumulated 27 turnovers, prompting Kerr to reach his breaking point. 

 

"Tonight was a step backward in the second half," Kerr admitted. "I was very disappointed with all of the turnovers. We just let things slip away from us."

Kerr's disappointment comes as the organization is in transition. Injuries to Thompson and Curry all but erased any playoff aspirations. Still, Golden State has been praised by opponents for its consistent effort.

Last month, the Warriors forced overtime against the Denver Nuggets, who own the second-best record in the Western Conference. Three weeks before that, they handily beat the Houston Rockets on Christmas Day. None of the qualities from those wins appeared Thursday, much to Kerr's chagrin. 

"For the most part, this year has gone well in terms of our level of competition and energy," Kerr said. "But that second half was not up to our standards." 

Thursday's loss also coincides with the Warriors' roster flux. Of the 14 players on the team's opening day roster, just eight suited up against the Lakers. Following Thursday's shootaround, Mychal Mulder signed a 10-day contract as the team walked off the floor. Minutes prior to tip-off, the Warriors announced forward Andrew Wiggins would not play because of back spasms.

Nonetheless, Kerr wouldn't use the ever-changing roster as an excuse for the losses.

"I think you can probably attribute the lack of continuity to that," Kerr said. "We're putting some lineups that haven't been together all year. Having said that, a lot of careless one-handed passing, cross-court, right into the defender's arms. A lot of plays that just had nothing to do with continuity and everything to do with fundamentals."

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Just before walking out of his presser, Kerr was asked how he was dealing with the pile-up of losses. More specifically, how his sanity has been tested. Following a laugh, Kerr used levity to uncover his frustrations amid the toughest season of his tenure.

"That's a loaded question," Kerr said. "We're dealing with it, but as I told you guys before, you start racking up the losses and it gets extremely frustrating. You need to win a game, we need to win a game once in a while just to feel better about things, and right now, we're in a bad stretch, so it's tough."