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Steve Kerr won’t sugar coat the Warriors’ woes after blowout loss to Nets

Steve Kerr won’t sugar coat the Warriors’ woes after blowout loss to Nets

NEW YORK — As the Golden State Warriors‘ road fights boiled over in a 143-113 loss to the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night, head coach Steve Kerr said his team has hit rock bottom.

The Warriors are depleted, playing without five rotation players, including three starters, and there is no sign of when reinforcements will arrive. They went 1-5 this trip, leaving them 3-16 on the road overall. And even though they’re about to start an eight-game homestand, their schedule isn’t relaxing.

“You are who your record says you are,” Kerr said. “It was a bad road trip. We’re 15-18, so we’re a sub-.500 team, and we’ve got to find a way to turn it around.”

Meanwhile, the Nets have extended their winning streak to seven games and have won 11 of their last 12 games.

The Nets controlled the game from the start, building a 29-point lead in the first quarter, the Warriors’ second-worst deficit through the first in franchise history. Golden State scored just 17 points, also the second fewest in a first quarter this season.

Brooklyn’s 91 points in the first half was a franchise record for points in the first half. The Nets are also just the third team in NBA history to reach that mark through the first two quarters.

The 40-point lead they had over the Warriors at halftime was also a franchise record. That point differential is also the largest halftime deficit by a defending champion in NBA history.

“That first half, it was kind of a shock,” Draymond Green he told ESPN.

Nets forward star Kevin Durant he said the key to his hot group is that they’ve just been “making shots.”

“It’s a make-or-miss league,” Durant said. “We’ve been generating solid shots all year. I think they’re starting to fall now. It’s going to come with time … It’s about shooting the ball with confidence, being aggressive downhill to make plays for others, tonight was one. of those nights.”

Durant finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Nine Nets players finished in double-digit scoring, tying a franchise record.

The Warriors committed 13 turnovers in the first half before ending the game with 21 to 36 Brooklyn points. A night before, they committed 19 total against the New York Knicks. Poor handling of the ball and playing with frenetic energy, which has led to both a disorganized offense and weak defense, has been a common theme for the Warriors in their losses, especially on the road.

A small example of this has been the game of Jordan Poolewho finished with 13 points on 4-for-17 shooting, including 1-for-11 from 3-point range, two assists and seven turnovers against the Nets while trying to fill the absences of Stephen Curry i Klay Thompson.

The Warriors can live with some of the mistakes Poole and others make, but not to the extent they occurred in New York.

“As simple as possible [he] plays, easier shots [he] achieve It seems like a bit of a paradox, but it’s been a problem here for us the last few games,” Kerr said. “The last few nights. [he was] I just try too hard.”

Golden State’s only bright spot came from the third-year center James Wisemanwho after spending the last few weeks in the G League, had a career night with 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting and six rebounds in 27 minutes.

No timetable for Curry’s return, and with Don DiVincenzo i JaMychal Green also out indefinitely with illnesses, the Warriors will look for their younger players to show signs of growth.

That, according to Green, is the outlook the Warriors must maintain to stay even during this stretch.

“You have to have that understanding because you don’t want to overreact,” Green told ESPN. “Having said that, the most important thing is to always play well, as long as you don’t make effort-related mistakes, you live with the results … we just have to understand where we are.”



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