Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr understandably was upset with how his team performed in Tuesday night's blowout loss to the Boston Celtics, and he noted after the game that he wanted his squad to play with a little more anger.
Steve Kerr: “It starts with a passion and an anger and an intensity. It wasn’t there.” pic.twitter.com/pSGw9a6B1O— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 6, 2019
Warriors forward Kevin Durant, when asked if Golden State needs a little more anger sometimes, disagreed with Kerr's assessment.
Kevin Durant asked about Kerr saying the team needed to play with more anger: “I thought we moved off joy. Now anger? I disagree with that one.” pic.twitter.com/M7o4nFDori— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 6, 2019
The "anger" Kerr was talking about probably is just a higher level of compete and aggressiveness, two things the Warriors did not show at all on the defensive end of the floor. The Warriors gave up a season-high 50 uncontested shots and allowed the Celtics to outscore them 72-53 in the second and third quarters combined -- two stages where Golden State typically owns opponents.
The Warriors have the best record in the Western Conference and deservedly remain the clear favorites to win the 2019 NBA Finals, but on several occasions this season they've looked more beatable than in recent years. They don't seem to have the same edge and tenacity.
It's quite possible all of this could change in the playoffs, which is when the Warriors' real season begins, but Kerr is right to be a bit concerned with how his team is playing.
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