The Warriors don’t lose often, but when they do it fires up head coach Steve Kerr.
Following Golden State’s 129-99 loss to the Jazz Tuesday night, Kerr ripped his team to ESPN after they got “their ass kicked.”
“I think our guys will tell you that was a pathetic effort out there,” Kerr said. “That was disgusting basketball.”
“We just didn’t start out the game with any force defensively. We weren’t staying into bodies, they were just stopping behind screens, we were lazy on our switches. We played with no sense of urgency, no sense of purpose, and they’re obviously fighting for the playoffs.”
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Warriors, who had also won seven of their last eight games before playing the Jazz.
Steve Kerr took shots at his team Tuesday night after the Warriors lost by 30 to the Jazz.
Golden State struggled offensively Tuesday night, shooting just 33 percent from the field. The team was 5-for-25 from three-point range.
Stephen Curry, who was 4-for-13 shooting against the Jazz, told ESPN he couldn’t remember a worse game the team has had recently.
“I asked Draymond [GREEN] on the bench in the fourth quarter if he could remember that bad of a performance that we’ve had in recent memory, and we really can’t,” Curry said. “You can’t just show up, especially on the road, and expect to win. That’s kind of cheating the game.”
The Warriors loss drops their record to 40-11, but they still sit at the top of the Western Conference.
Stephen Curry scored just 14 points in the Warriors 129-99 loss to the Jazz Tuesday night.
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While Kerr expects the Warriors to bounce back in their next game, the Jazz are looking to build on their big win.
Utah has now won three straight games and are sitting in 10th place in the Western Conference, three and a half games behind the final playoff spot.
Ricky Rubio, who finished the game with 23 points and 11 assists, said the team needs the same effort they played with Tuesday night to continue to win.
“When you play against the champs, you always get that extra energy,” Rubio said. “But we got to bring it every night. It was a great night to see where our level can be and we got to bring it every night.”