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It was a blowout loss at home, on Christmas Day, against no less than LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
But Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr clearly is not overly concerned.
“The bar’s been set high,” Kerr told reporters. “So, everything takes on a little greater sense of urgency in terms of what happens around the team. We’re maybe the most scrutinized team in the history of the league. We’re right there with the [Chicago] Bulls teams that I played on. I felt the same, but even more so now because of the number of media outlets and the immediacy of the judgment and criticism. So, it’s all part of it.
“Our guys have learned how to deal with all of that over the past few years. It doesn’t matter. What matters is how you respond to a bad loss, to a bad stretch, to injuries. As long as you keep responding, keep showing up to work, keep sticking together, keep working, good things are going to happen. That’s what I believe with this group.”
The Warriors dropped a 127-101 decision to the Lakers despite the fact James left in the third quarter with a groin strain (he is day-to-day).
Still, the two-time defending champions remain near the top of the Western Conference — in spite of some uncharacteristic blowout defeats and early-season drama
“We’re a championship team,” Kerr said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who have been through everything in this league to rely on that experience. We rely on that as a staff with our leadership amongst the team, but we keep pressing forward. We keep trying to get better. There’s a reason we have practice every day … It’s a journey, it’s a long journey.
“As I said, it’s a more arduous one this year than it’s been in the past just because of the circumstances. So, it’s all part of it, we’re going to get through it, we’re going to get better. We’ll see what happens.”
The Warriors host the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.