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Why Kerr believes Dubs' chemistry is starting to come together

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The Warriors currently are riding a three-game win streak heading into their clash against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday at Chase Center.

Golden State (32-30) presently sits fifth in the Western Conference and while it's been a rollercoaster 2022-23 NBA season, Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes the team is gelling at the right time. 

"It just feels like we're coming together," Kerr told reporters after Tuesday's 123-105 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. "It feels like there's some chemistry, some energy that's forming. 

"We've been battling all season and without Steph [Curry] and [Andrew Wiggins] for so much of the season, and these guys have done a great job of just keeping our heads above water. And I think we can feel the finish line."

Additionally, Golden State has reinforcements on the way as Warriors general manager and president of basketball operations Bob Myers hopes Curry can return from his lower left leg injury during next week's road trip.

"We know Steph is going to be back before too long," Kerr continued. "Hopefully, Wiggs. Hopefully, Gary [Payton II]. So we've got reinforcements coming, and in the meantime, these guys are doing a hell of a job. So it feels like there's some grit and some toughness and the guys are really coming together. It's fun to watch."

Myers also believes the team is not only beginning to gel but their defensive intensity is becoming more consistent, allowing the Warriors to handle adversity during any contest.

 

"I think what Steve is alluding to is that resilience where last night were [the Blazers] put up [41] in the first quarter, and I think they put up 40 in the whole second half," Myers told 95.7 The Game's "Steiny & Guru." "And you watch your team in these moments and you evaluate how are they going to respond to a little adversity within a game. And watching that game [Tuesday night], if you guys watched it, you'd see in the second quarter, there were times during this year where our team would let go of the rope, and that's just a fact.

"We'd be down. And for whatever reason, we couldn't turn it. And lately, we've been able to turn it in our favor, whether it was Minnesota or against Portland, where we've been able to impose some kind of defensive will rather than just trying to outscore our opponent. And I think that's what Steve might be referring to." 

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The Warriors have 20 games left this season and can use this final stretch to remind the entire Western Conference that they're still defending NBA champions. If any team wants to dethrone them, they must come with their best shot. 

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