“This is the team I expect going forward, but no question, this hurts”, Kerr said.
With the exception of the final 9.2 seconds, the Golden State Warriors had the advantage against the Los Angeles Clippers throughout the whole game. With a late three-pointer by Paul George, the Clippers defeated the Warriors 113–112 and raised doubts about the Warriors’ chances of winning the whole season. During the news conference following the game, head coach Steve Kerr struggled to find words.
The Warriors have already blown a large lead twice. On Saturday night, they had a 22-point lead. In their defeat to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, they managed to retain a 24-point lead before surrendering it. But according to Kerr, the outburst in Sacramento was warranted, and the Clippers’ defeat really baffles him.
Steve Kerr, ‘hurt’ by the Warriors loss to Clippers
“It felt like we deserved this one,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We took care of the ball. We kept them off the foul line. We showed poise when they made their runs, so this one hurts way more than the Sacramento game. In the Sacramento game, we deserved to lose with all the crazy turnovers and fouling. This was a clean game that we played. Our guys brought spirit, effort, energy. I like this version of our team. This is the team I expect going forward, but no question, this hurts.”
Draymond Green scored four of Golden State’s five three-pointers in the first half, as the team was off to a fast start. Steph Curry led the club with 22 points and 11 assists in his 900th NBA game. But late in the fourth quarter, with the Warriors holding a 112-110 advantage, the star player for the team missed a jump shot.
Paul George, a standout player for the Clippers, praised his team’s mental toughness following the comeback victory. George’s stepback 3-pointer gave LA its first lead of the game.
“We just didn’t give up,” he said. “That’s what it takes.”
The Golden State Warriors are currently ranked as the 11th seed in the Western Conference with a 9-11 record.