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Steve Kerr Reacts to Historic Loss to the Mavericks

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr argues with the NBA officials against the Dallas Mavericks during the third quarter at Chase Center.
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The Golden State made the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Tuesday night after their loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Warriors failed to score a point for a period of 9 minutes and 38 seconds in the 30 point loss to the Mavericks, one of the longest scoring droughts in NBA history.

Warriors point guard Steph Curry hit a three with 8:40 remaining in the first quarter to give the Warriors a 12-11 lead. Their next basket didn’t come until shooting guard Jordan Poole hit a three-pointer with 11:00 minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Warriors went 0-18 from the field and 0-9 from three between the two baskets.

In addition to the Warriors scoring drought, the Mavericks tied the record for the second-largest scoring run within the last 20 years. Their run tied the New York Knicks 28-0 run against the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 22, 2017. The Cleveland Cavaliers hold the record for the largest scoring run in NBA history. The Cavaliers went on a 29-0 scoring run versus the Milwaukee Bucks during a game in 2009.

Steve Kerr Reacts to Historic Loss

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center.
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Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was obviously upset with his teams’ performance. He also accepted the blame for his teams’ bad performance and said he is looking to improve going forward.

“I’m not that concerned about a nine-minute scoring drought. I’m concerned about defense, about the level of intensity and preparation, and competitiveness. That’s what was missing. I’m the head coach, and I did not have them ready to play, clearly.”

Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr

Kerr also noted that this was a significant game as Dallas sits just 3.5 games in front of the Warriors in the Western Conference standings. With the win last night, Dallas claimed the tiebreaker over the Warriors. Kerr also addressed the team’s lack of urgency and experience in the game, citing the Mavericks intensity as something that overwhelmed his team.

“Biggest game of the year, and it was over before it started. Really, really disappointing. We’ve got a young team. Of the guys who were out there tonight, I think we have only three guys who were in the playoffs. Tonight was kind of like a playoff game for Dallas. They lost last night. They knew we were on their heels.

Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr

According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Warriors finished the first half with just 29 points, the lowest first-half total in Kerrs’ seven years with the team.

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