Steve Kerr says Warriors lacking ‘sense of purpose’ amid slow start

DETROIT — The Golden State Warriors suffered their second straight loss and third on the road Sunday night, falling to the Detroit Pistons 128-114 to drop to 3-4 for the season.

Just a week into the season, the Warriors were plagued by the same issues in all of their games: transition defense, lack of ball movement, and too much fouling.

The Warriors have consistently stuck to their message – that they will need some time to come to terms with their new staff and rotation, especially with players like Klay Thompson returning to full condition. You are not in a panic.

However, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he didn’t see a sense of urgency from his team to address his problems and that therein lies the bigger problem.

“It takes a little time,” Kerr said. “We’ll make it. I’m very confident. But our guys have to come together and there has to be a sense of purpose. We have to find out what that means.”

Guard Jordan Poole was one of the only Warriors to play the Pistons with sustained urgency, finishing the night with 30 points, 15 of which he scored in a row in the third quarter. Stephen Curry led the team with 32 points. They were the only two Golden State players to score in double digits.

“We just have to pick it up,” Poole said. “A couple of guys were talking in the dressing room about our urgency and how we need to bring them together. So that’s definitely a focus.”

Golden State has allowed at least 125 points in four of its first seven games, for only the second time in franchise history. The last time was in the 1962-63 season, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information research.

The Warriors have conceded 854 points so far this season — the most points conceded by a defending champion in seven games in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. They have the No. 21 defensive rating in the league.

The Warriors have long followed the philosophy that their signature free-flowing, powerful offense rests on solid defense. Right now, forward Draymond Green says the Warriors’ offense — whether it’s ground balance or lack of ball movement — kills their defense.

“The reality is that you can’t fix every problem,” Green said. “For us, it’s about locating the things that really hurt us. Some things that hurt us won’t hit you. So you don’t worry that much about it. But things that hurt us and actually hit us, we have to determine exactly what that is. Once we can do that, we can go in and find out.

Green said they are still figuring out the details of their ongoing issues. One reason is that the warriors are grappling with a sense of the unknown as they relearn how to play with each other while integrating a new, much younger second unit.

With the departures of Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr., the arrivals of Donte DiVincenzo and JaMychal Green, and the increased workloads of Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman, Golden State has an almost entirely different rotation to its championship team.

“When you’re playing younger guys it definitely gets harder to play at both ends of the floor, but it’s not the young guys’ fault at all,” Green said. “You have a part in it, as do we all. We need to figure these things out, but it’s not all her fault. Working them changes things, but we can blame them. Honestly, I don’t think either of us is able to play that great on both sides of the ball.”

Curry added, “The effort has been solid, but if it’s not coherent, if we’re not all on the right chord, people can try to do the right thing, but it doesn’t get results.”

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34915359/steve-kerr-says-warriors-lacking-sense-purpose-amid-slow-start Steve Kerr says Warriors lacking ‘sense of purpose’ amid slow start

Emma Bowman

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