”You have so much media attention and everybody talking about breaking the record and you lose focus a little bit,” Steve Kerr said according to Yahoo Sports. ”The same thing happened 20 years ago. We didn’t play well down the stretch. This doesn’t surprise me. It’s easy to get lost in all this stuff. We haven’t been very dialed in of late.”
Kerr know where the mindset of his Golden State Warriors are when he played with the 95-96 Bulls, achieving the 72-10 record. They been slipping in the last couple of games, just waiting for the regular season to end. But it stung them right in the back with a disappointing loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime.
It was an uncharacteristic night for the team as a whole. Stephen Curry had an off-shooting night despite finishing with 21 points and 15 assists. Curry starting out slow didn’t hurt the team offensively, but he didn’t help with the turnovers. The team committed 22 turnovers, which doesn’t fit well with how they been playing in these last couple of games.
Letting a young Timberwolves team, that is ready to be a contender in two or three years, beat the Warriors on their home court is ridiculous. This is the third time the Warriors loss to a team with one of the worst records in the league.
Players are saying the right words on taking it one game at a time, knowing that the postseason is near. But a lot of fans are panicking with the results. Every great team goes through a stretch of mediocre, not caring about a game and not taking it seriously.
Four games left in the season for the Warriors, and they need to go perfect to achieve 73 wins against the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzles on their schedule. Kerr wants to rest his players for the playoffs. But if they are healthy to go, why not go for the wins? It all depends on their mindset moving forward as the coach, who was in a situation like this, knows a championship is more important than a record.