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Angry Kerr kicks ball after Dubs' frustrating loss to Hornets

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Nobody was happy about the Warriors' unbelievable last-minute loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, especially Steve Kerr.

In fact, Kerr perfectly conveyed his frustration without saying a single word.

Right as Terry Rozier's game-winning jumper dropped through the hoop, Kerr could be seen behind the Hornets' court-storming celebration. As various Warriors slammed the floor, stared in disbelief or frantically insisted to referees that Rozier double dribbled, an upset Kerr got his frustration out by kicking the basketball down the court.

It was an act pretty much all of Dub Nation could relate to.

To put it quite frankly, even with a late scratch of Steph Curry, the Warriors should not have lost to the Hornets, at least not in the fashion they did. But an absurd series of events, including a Draymond Green ejection with less than 10 seconds remaining, led to a stunning loss for Golden State. 

With 9.3 seconds left in the game, Brad Wanamaker got tied up with LaMelo Ball, and Kerr was unable to call a timeout to retain possession. The result was a jump ball, which Gordon Hayward came down with. Green dove onto the floor to try to tie Hayward up, but the referee crew ruled Charlotte's head coach James Borrego had called time out. Green came up reeling at the refs, screaming that Hayward didn't secure possession and therefore, Borrego shouldn't have been able to call for time. 

 

The result was two technical fouls for Green, and a subsequent ejection.

Rozier made both technical foul free throws to tie the game, and the Hornets got the ball back. Less than 10 seconds later, Rozier sank an off-balance, mid-range jumper, and Warriors walked out of Spectrum Center with another mind-blowing loss.

Kerr still was visibly frustrated in a postgame video conference with reporters, saying Green had "crossed the line." 

"We love his passion and his energy," Kerr said. "We would not be the team we are without him. But that doesn't give him license to cross that line and he knows that."

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Saturday's loss marks back-to-back defeating losses for the Warriors, who fell to 16-15. They'll try to right the ship Tuesday against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

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