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Steve Kerr rips Warriors for “pathetic effort ...disgusting basketball” in loss to Jazz

Golden State Warriors v Chicago Bulls

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 17: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors complains to a referee during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Warriors defeated the Bulls 119-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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It was one of those nights for the Warriors — they were unfocused on defense, looked unmotivated, and the All-Star trio of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Draymond Green combined to shoot 12-of-37 (32.4 percent) as the Warriors scored less than a point per possession against the Jazz defense. The result was the Warriors worst loss of the season, a 129-99 drubbing at the hands of the Utah Jazz.

After the game, coach Steve Kerr ripped his team’s effort, via Chris Haynes of ESPN.

“I think our guys will tell you that was a pathetic effort out there,” Kerr said. “That was disgusting basketball.

“We just didn’t start out the game with any force defensively. We weren’t staying into bodies, they were just stopping behind screens, we were lazy on our switches. We played with no sense of urgency, no sense of purpose, and they’re obviously fighting for the playoffs.”

Sometimes coaches need to berate their team a little to get their attention and get them dialed in again. However, with the best teams the players are already doing that to themselves before the coach utters a word. That was the Warriors.
“I asked Draymond [Green] on the bench in the fourth quarter if he could remember that bad of a performance that we’ve had in recent memory, and we really can’t,” said Stephen Curry, who had 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting. “You can’t just show up, especially on the road, and expect to win. That’s kind of cheating the game.”

With the Warriors, who have won 7-of-9 and still have the best record in the NBA, we can call this a one-off game and look past it. I just pity the Kings on Friday night, because the Warriors are going to take out their frustrations on them.