Steve Kerr hopes Warriors’ ugly Suns loss provides a “shock” team


Kerr hoped Dubs’ loss to Suns provided much needed ‘shock’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Warriors started their eight-game homestand by winning five in a row.

However, Golden State ended the homestand with three losses right after their 125-113 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night at Chase Center.

While there may be turmoil within Dub Nation, Warriors coach Steve Kerr sees the loss as a learning lesson for his team.

“I told the coaches, ‘I think this could be a good thing for us, honestly,'” Kerr told reporters after the game. “You need to be shaken up. You need to be reminded how hard it is to win. And you need to understand the level of commitment to each other, to the game it takes to win a title.

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“Our vets know our young guys are still learning all that. But hopefully this is the shock we need to get going as this first half of the season has been full of stops and starts.”

At 20-21, Golden State is half way through the 2022-23 NBA season and Draymond Green recently stated on a recent episode of “The Draymond Green Show” that he believes the team is turning the corner.

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“This team is starting to find its identity, and to me that’s more important than what the home record says now and what the road record says now,” said Green. “About the [first five games of the current home stand] I think this team is really starting to build an identity. And every great team has an identity.”

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With Andrew Wiggins and Steph Curry returning from their injuries, they’re sure to help the Warriors round the corner and find their missing identities. Nevertheless, as Kerr pointed out, the Warriors’ young players must remember the mental fortitude it takes to win an NBA championship.

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And Tuesday night’s loss may be what’s needed to kickstart that process.

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