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Steve Kerr bristles at reporter’s question about Warriors’ identity

The Los Angeles Clippers lived to fight another day by taking the Golden State Warriors’ best punch and walking out of Oracle Arena with a 129-121 victory in Wednesday night’s win-or-go-home Game 5.

The Warriors’ inability to close out the first-round series left them understandably frustrated and unsurprisingly surly after the game.

The palatable sour disposition pervading the Warriors squad after the disappointing loss was perhaps illustrated best by Steve Kerr, whose snippy retort to a reporter’s question during the postgame press conference spoke volumes.

Kerr was asked about the identity of this season’s Warriors squad. Given Golden State is in the postseason as the brutally competitive Western Conference’s No. 1 seed courtesy of a 57-25 campaign, Kerr was clearly baffled by the line of questioning.

“What’s the identity of our club? Back-to-back champions,” Kerr sarcastically replied. “We’re really good. I mean we’re hanging banners. We play fast, we play defense. Maybe we should do an instructional video and send it to you.”

The Warriors did indeed enjoy another outstanding season, but things did seem a bit off at times.

Actually, the team had to navigate a relatively tumultuous season — highlighted by the feud between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant — which was perhaps the first time the Warriors have encountered any semblance of dysfunction during the championship run.

Perhaps it’s best to simply chalk up the terse response out of Kerr to the frustration over not dispatching a team the Warriors had on the ropes.

The Warriors will have another opportunity to dispatch the Clippers on Friday night at Staples Center in Game 6. It bears recalling how well the Warriors bounced back after blowing a huge lead in humiliating and historic fashion in Game 2. Perhaps the team will do the same in the wake of Game 5.