NBA: Warriors coach leathers against own team: "… they don’t care about the group"

The Golden State Warriors remain without a win abroad – despite 50 points from Stephen Curry. Coach Steve Kerr takes the blame, but is also harsh on his players.

“We have to manage to be a unit again on the field. At the moment we are a collection of individual players who don’t care about the group,” said the four-time champion coach after the 119:130 defeat in Phoenix. The last time a champion lost their first eight away games was in the 1998/99 season, it was the Chicago Bulls after the “last dance season”.

The Warriors, on the other hand, have been able to keep their core, but seem a shadow of themselves at the moment. “I saw a lot of hanging heads today. We feel sorry for ourselves, but nobody in this league feels sorry for us. The other teams can’t do it at all expect to play us and spank our butts.”

And so it was in Phoenix, where the Warriors lost for the second time this season. For the seventh time this season, the Dubs conceded at least 120 points, according to cleaning the glass The Warriors are just 23rd in defensive rating. Last year, on the other hand, only the Boston Celtics were better.

That’s no surprise for Kerr: “We lack the common will to win,” said the 57-year-old. “If you don’t find common ground here, it’s easy for the other team. It’s a Drew League game and that’s the style we’re playing at the moment.”

Warriors: Steve Kerr talks about approaching end of the dynasty

The training scandal surrounding Draymond Green and Jordan Poole may have left more marks than the franchise would like. Kerr did not address this directly, but his words point in that direction. Kerr recently hinted that the Warriors’ run could be on its last legs, and that’s exactly how it feels right now.

“Our run won’t go on forever,” Kerr said ahead of the game in Phoenix. “This could be our last year, maybe it’s the season after. The fact is our team has an expiry date and we know it.” Kerr still takes full blame for the current misery: “I failed. It’s my job to bring these guys together. I’m responsible for getting results and making our plays.”

With a record of 6-9, the Warriors are currently only twelfth in the Western Conference. The gap to the last direct playoff place is currently three games. After a home game against the New York Knicks, the Warriors then have two chances to end their away misery next week at the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Golden State Warriors: The Upcoming Games

date time Opponent location
November 19th 4 o’clock New York Knicks H
21st November 12:00 a.m Houston Rockets A
22nd of November 2 O ‘clock New Orleans Pelicans A
November 24th 4 o’clock LA Clippers H
November 26th 4 o’clock Utah Jazz H

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