Last season the Golden State Warriors marched to a well-earned NBA title, and Steve Kerr’s side could do no wrong.
This time around, things haven’t been quite so glorious for the Chase Center side, and they are currently 3-4 for the season, but one big positive has come in the continued improvement of one of the most exciting young talents in the game.
23-year-old Jordan Poole is now into his fourth season at Golden State and is a key part of Kerr’s setup and is capable of making a real impact alongside the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.
The Warriors, quite rightly, started the season as the favorite to clinch another NBA title, but as you can see from the NBA Vegas odds, Golden State is now behind the in-form Boston Celtics in the rankings, thanks in part to their less than glorious start to the defense of their crown.
In their most recent encounter, the Golden State Warriors slipped to a second straight loss, this time to the Detroit Pistons, who eased to a 128-114 victory but not before Poole burst into the proceedings.
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Poole managed to score 12 points within one crazy 52-second period. The Warriors were down by 19 into the third quarter before the guard took matters into his own hands. His run of points led to Pistons coach Dwane Casey calling a timeout.
Though it would be churlish to suggest that Kerr’s future would be on the line, so soon after winning the NBA title, the Warriors coach made it clear in a recent interview, commenting on the firing of his friend Steve Nash as Brooklyn Nets coach, that no one is safe from the axe;
“It’s a good reminder to me, and I think all coaches, that we are at the whim of players, front offices, ownership — you really need a solid situation in which to thrive as a coach in this league,”
“You throw either one of us in that situation; we wouldn’t have done any better than Steve. And that’s the truth. So as a really good friend of mine, I feel bad for Steve. But I also know if he ever wants to get back in this thing, he can be great.” Kerr added.
Kerr is well aware that his side needs a wake-up call and is ready to be the one to issue it to his team;
“I always talk about the game being connected, and it just feels like we’re putting ourselves in some tough spots offensively, and then that translates to defense, and then we’re late in either in transition or on rotations, and we just can’t stop fouling. Thirty-eight more free throws tonight, we talk about it every day, but something has to click with our guys. I don’t think they’re all just blatant hacks. I think the way we’re playing is affecting our defense. It looks like a pick-up game out there.”
Most fans and pundits are not yet in full-on panic mode, knowing that the Golden State Warriors have too much talent for their current run to continue, so one can expect a reaction from Kerr’s men in the very near future.