Warriors coach Steve Kerr has an explanation for why Golden State looks slightly different this season than in years past, but forward Kevin Durant doesn’t necessarily agree.
The defending back-to-back NBA champions are currently third in the Western Conference with a 21-11 record.
Kerr, who has emphasized sharing the ball offensively as part of his coaching philosophy, revealed he doesn’t think the Warriors are passing enough this season.
“We’re not moving the ball,” Kerr said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’re not playing the way we’ve played the last few years, where the ball is really moving and we’re taking great shots.”
Durant, however, seemed to contradict Kerr, saying ball movement isn’t the problem. Instead, he thinks the Warriors need to be more flexible in how defenses play against them.
“They’re selling out to stop those threes. So we pass the ball too much, it’s not going to (work) flying around against a good defensive team like (the Jazz),” Durant said following the Warriors’ 108-103 loss to Utah earlier this week. “Teams are starting to catch up to what we’re doing and starting scheme for us a little bit more.”
Kevin Durant occasionally argues more ball movement is not always the answer. Instead, he’s arguing to be flexible to how defenses play them. pic.twitter.com/2243J1EKoI
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) December 20, 2018
The defending back-to-back NBA champions are third in the Western Conference with a 21-11 record behind the Nuggets and the Thunder. The Warriors will face the Mavericks (15-15) on Saturday with tip-off set for 8:30 p.m. ET.
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