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Turns out, even life in the fast lane is not without some bumps in the road.
So says Steve Kerr, anyway.
After his defending champion Golden State Warriors recorded a 119-104 road win at Sacramento on Friday night, the Warriors coach said his players are looking forward to the All-Star break.
“Hell yeah,” Kerr told reporters after the game. “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. But we have to find a way to get there.”
“Great shape,” being relative, of course.
Twenty-nine other teams would trade places quicker than you can say “repeat” with Golden State, which has now won eight of its last 10 games and has the best record in the NBA at 41-10, three games better than the next-best mark, held by Houston (37-13).
All-Star Weekend is Feb. 16-19 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and four Golden State players — Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson — will play in the game that Sunday, Curry, Green and Thompson on Team Stephen and Durant on Team LeBron.
However, the Warriors have six games to play before All-Star Weekend.
“I was hoping you were going to say tomorrow,” Kerr said through a laugh.
“It’s painfully obvious that our guys are mentally fried right now,” he said. “So, it’s a good job to just get a win.”
The Warriors had two days off before an embarrassing season-worst 30-point loss at Utah on Tuesday night. Golden State also had a pair of days off before playing in Sacramento on Friday night. Golden State needed a 35-point fourth quarter to put away the 16-35 Kings.
The Warriors had 44 turnovers in the two games, 25 against the Kings. They needed a 52-percent shooting performance, including 17 3-pointers, to get past Sacramento.
“We won tonight on talent and shooting the ball,” Kerr said. “That’s all.”
Kerr said even though four of his players will be playing in the All-Star Game, it will not trump what the days off will mean to the Warriors.
“Our guys are tired… mentally, emotionally,” he said. “So, we just got to fight through, get to the break and rejuvenate.”