The Golden State Warriors have won two-straight titles and three of the last four NBA championships, so head coach Steve Kerr knows his team is going to have trouble getting up for every game during the regular season.
The Warriors are the best team in the NBA. They are likely going to win the title again this season and the players know it, which makes the 82-game regular season sometimes mundane for the Dubs.
“We’re now in a place where we’re defending a title and defending sort of a mantle that we’ve had for several years, and it’s a different vibe,” Kerr said, via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “It’s a different feeling than when you’re on the climb like Toronto is, like Milwaukee is, like we were a few years ago.
“It’s harder to get up for each game, and so there are certain nights where you can just feel it, you don’t have that energy, and if you played in the NBA, you’ve coached in this league, you understand it. If you’ve followed it closely, you understand that. It’s not an excuse, it’s just reality. So we did not bring the required energy.”
The Warriors are coming off a blowout loss at home to the Kawhi Leonard-less Toronto Raptors. Toronto just had more energy and spirit during the game, while the Warriors looked lethargic on both ends of the floor. These types of games are going to happen for Golden State during a long, grueling season. The Dubs usually play their best basketball in the playoffs and that’s all that really matters.