After displaying some sloppy turnovers and bad tendencies recently, (even though they’re still beating on the rest of the league pretty regularly) Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr is admitting the team is running on fumes headed into the All-Star break.
“Hell yeah,” Kerr said. “Guys are dying to get to the All-Star break. We’re limping to the finish line of the All-Star break. But we’ve got to fight through it to the break and then we need to get the hell away from each other and go sit on a beach and relax and then we’ll be in great shape.”
“It’s painful obviously that our guys are mentally fried right now,” Kerr said. “So it’s a good job to just get a win. … Our guys are tired mentally, emotionally. So we just got to fight through, get to the break and rejuvenate.”
The Warriors (42-11) have been getting every team’s best shot on a nightly basis for years now, so it’s no surprise that some guys are beginning to wear down this early in the year.
Draymond Green agreed with Kerr, emphasizing the importance of the league-wide “bye week” of sorts:
“I think every team in the NBA is looking at the All-Star break, wishing it was tomorrow. It’s that time of year. You’re right there, you know it’s right there, but yet, you just can’t quite grab it. So I think everybody is looking forward to that, but you just got to win.”
Kevin Durant; who seems to live & breathe basketball, is cruising at his normal superstar altitude. He joined the Warriors last year, so he hasn’t been apart of the elongated success the Warriors have ground out over the better part of the last three-to-four seasons. He’s still on a high from leaving the Thunder, so don’t expect to hear him complain or say he’s the least bit tired. I mean, compared to what he used to have to do, this must feel like a vacation:
“Nah, I don’t believe so,” he said. “It’s a grind playing so many games and travel. So we’re trying to mentally keep fighting and keep trying to get better every single game. I wouldn’t say we’re just ready for the break. I don’t think guys are thinking about the break, but it’s weird. You’re like in between, a gray area kind of. We just want to continue to get better and win some games, and once we get into the All-Star break, things will kind of slow down a bit.”
Steph Curry added:
“We don’t talk about it, but you got to fight human nature a little bit. We know how important that post-All-Star run is and coming back strong and refreshed. But if we don’t build the right habits and have the right spirit around our team going into the break and finish out these last games, that could carry over, and you don’t want to have that negative energy around the team.”
Let’s be real…the Warriors will be fine.