Steve Kerr cracks joke about Warriors’ ‘brutal loss’ to Jazz
The Golden State Warriors on Monday night dropped their penultimate game of the 2016-17 NBA season, losing by a score of 105-99 to the Utah Jazz. While the loss did snap Golden State’s 14-game winning streak, the outcome of the game was about as meaningless as they come as the Warriors (68-15) already had locked up the top seed of the Western Conference.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr jokingly acknowledged as much during his postgame press conference after being set up by ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss, who asked how the team will recover from suffering such a “brutal loss.”
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“Yeah, it’s gonna take some time,” Kerr joked, via Dime Mag. “Maybe a summer. Try to get away for a little bit. Somehow, someway try to regroup.”
One could reasonably infer that Kerr may have been playing off the notion that Warriors would suffer a hangover this season after blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals last year. Obviously, that’s not how things panned out.
The Warriors have been tabbed as the unquestioned favorites to win the NBA title heading into the postseason. And the team’s recent torrid streak — along with Kevin Durant’s recent return to the lineup — only has solidified that notion.
Kerr obviously was just having some fun with a reporter’s semi-sarcastic inquiry. And his loosey-goosey nature can only better equip Golden State to deal with the enormous pressure the team faces to return to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season.