SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors felt good heading into their Thursday night time matchup in opposition to the Indiana Pacers. They held a house run derby at Chase Middle the day earlier than to spice up morale after a tricky street journey and had been able to construct momentum on their dominant win over the Detroit Pistons from two days earlier.
However as quickly as they stepped on the courtroom in opposition to Indiana’s depleted roster, the entire constructive power that they had evaporated, main them to a 121-117 loss in time beyond regulation.
The sport — by which they entered as 16.5-point favorites — marked the third-largest upset within the Steve Kerr period. And Kerr took all of the duty.
“I blame myself, primary,” Kerr stated. “I do not suppose I did a very good job of getting ready the staff to be able to play.”
The Pacers had been with out 4 of their high scorers — together with ahead Domantas Sabonis and beginning guards Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert — making them simpler to look over. However they shot 41.9 % from 3-point vary.
Along with the staff’s general preparation, Kerr blamed himself for Golden State’s last defensive possession of regulation: Justin Holiday escaped Stephen Curry‘s protection with simply sufficient time to catch the ball on the proper elbow of the 3-point line and knocked down the shot to tie the rating and drive time beyond regulation.
“I am usually a fouler, and I take the hit on that one, too,” Kerr stated of not telling his gamers to foul Vacation or Isaiah Jackson, who assisted Vacation on the shot. “So this was my night time to stink it up.”
However Curry did not place the entire onus on his coach, notably on the play by which he was the first defender on Vacation.
“I regarded on the ball for like two seconds,” Curry stated. “Vacation made a very good lower and made a shot. I do know there’s that dialog, ought to we have now fouled and all. I used to be only a step sluggish and that one gave him too wide-open of a glance. Attempting to protect the inbounds and I received caught trying.”
Requested about Kerr taking the blame for Thursday’s loss, Curry stated it is “his character” to imagine duty.
“I feel that is a part of our tradition,” Kerr stated. “All of us tend to have a look at your self, what you could possibly have finished in a different way.”
Along with the defensive breakdowns, the Warriors additionally shot poorly Thursday. They had been simply 9-of-42 (21.4 %) from past the arc, together with 1-of-9 in time beyond regulation. The eight missed 3s in time beyond regulation had been tied for the second-most in an time beyond regulation over the previous 25 seasons.
Curry, who completed with a game-high 39 factors in 44 minutes, was 6-of-16 on 3-pointers. The remainder of the Warriors went 3-of-26, or simply 11.5 %, the third-worst 3-point capturing share from Curry’s teammates for the reason that 2014-15 season.
Regardless of the numbers, Curry stated he permitted of practically each 3-pointer they took. Greater than something, he put the blame on the Warriors’ incapability to execute.
“It was our execution on easy stuff that we all know is our bread and butter, we did not execute properly,” Curry stated. “We got here down, I known as a play, however we did not execute it properly. It was an anti-possession. … That is the place us as gamers must maintain one another accountable. On the little issues we will management. We will not management making and lacking pictures, however you’ll be able to management execution.”
Kerr has lower than 24 hours to repair what he stated he didn’t do Thursday and get his staff ready.