OAKLAND, Calif. - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr captured his 250th win on Saturday and then he took some time off on Monday. By stepping aside and letting the players coach themselves.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant scored 17 points (8-of-9 field goals, 1-of-1 3-pointers) with 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, and 4 turnovers in 29.9 minutes of Monday's 129-83 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
With two games remaining before the All-Star break, it is unknown whether the Warriors will also hold Green out of Wednesday's game against the Blazers in Portland, thereby giving Green two full games to rest before the All-Star break. That probably won't sit too well with the Suns. They determine their own fate.
"You kind of appreciate the process of being just a little more thoughtful when it comes to controlling the game and the game plan and locking in on tendencies of the Phoenix players and getting your mind right to play", Curry said after the win.
No, this was simply Kerr's latest attempt to find meaning in a season that increasingly has had none for a team that has now spent 18 months with virtually no one thinking it has a chance of being beaten. Green is a two-time NBA Champion and the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, and Curry is a two-time league MVP and one of the scariest offensive players in the history of the game. I'm always trying to figure out coverages and what we should do to take advantage of the other team. I thought about a play and then I forgot the second option and had two guys in the wrong place on the board.
"It's the players' team, and they have to take ownership of it", Kerr told reporters afterward. I don't feel like we've focused well the past month, and just it seemed like the right thing to do. "They are exhausted of my voice".
A good night-that's one way to put it.
"It has been a long haul these last few years". Although, it turns out the defending National Basketball Association champs didn't need to strategize much after they raced to a 17-point halftime lead.
Golden State's JaVale McGee dunks past Suns Marquese Chriss (0) and Alex Len (21).
"I don't think it's hard to coach those guys, though", Daniels told reporters (per azcentral.com).
As for Lue, he is facing a different challenge than Kerr with the Warriors. Before this season, Green had missed only 12 of 397 career games.
How did Kerr assess Green's coaching?