Steve Kerr displeased with late fouls in Warriors’ loss

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 It was bad enough the Warriors are going to have to play without Steph Curry for a couple of weeks. But coming up short in their first game without him, a 110-108 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, only rubbed salt in the wound.

To make matters worse, Golden State eventually fell right at the buzzer after two fouls in the final minute of play that interrupted the flow of the game. Those fouls — one for the Warriors and one against — stuck out for head coach Steve Kerr after the disappointing defeat.

“The fouls at the end were bizarre,” Kerr summed up to the media.

Golden State had overcome a double-digit deficit to lead San Antonio by one point when Devin Vassell was called for a foul on Andrew Wiggins, then Kevon Looney was called for fouling Jacob Poeltl on the subsequent play. Both Wiggins and Poeltl split their free throws to tie the game, but with the ball in San Antonio’s zone, it was easy for the Spurs to sink the buzzer-beater for the win.

“I don’t know how those calls can be made,” Kerr continued, visibly miffed. “To call fouls in that situation, both of them, one that went for us and one that went against us, I don’t understand. I don’t understand how we can decide the game based on plays that have nothing to do with the game. Players are supposed to decide the game.”

It’s a hard pill to swallow for the Warriors, who have now lost two straight and sit in third place in the Western Conference, a game-and-a-half behind the Memphis Grizzlies and a whopping 10.5 games behind the first-place Phoenix Suns. 

The upcoming stretch without Curry isn’t going to get any easier, either, with games against the Grizzlies, Suns and the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat coming up before the star point guard is set to return.

Long story short, Golden State has to be looking toward the playoffs now and dominating games as early as possible so they don’t end up in the same situation they were in on Sunday against San Antonio.

“We have to understand that we are undermanned, we have 11 games left, we’re looking at the playoffs,” Kerr said, via ESPN. “There’s got to be a sense of urgency. There’s got to be a sense of competitive fight that we take to the other team from the very beginning.”



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