Golden State Warriors’ Head Coach Steve Kerr does not believe Stephen Curry is frustrated, following the loss to the Spurs.
Golden State lost yet another close game tonight. They were bested by the San Antonio Spurs 105-100. The Warriors were down 3 points when they got possession at the 8-second mark. Draymond Green shot a wild three, missed, following which DeRozan was fouled. DeRozan then hit both the shots from the charity stripe to call the game.
Stephen Curry scored a game-high 32 points, along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. However, it was yet another big performance by Curry where the Warriors were unable to capitalize and get the dub. In the last stages of the game, Curry was seen sitting in the timeout, appearing visibly frustrated.
Steve Kerr talks about Steph looking frustrated
Steve Kerr, after the game, was asked his opinions and thoughts on Steph looking frustrated towards the end of the game. Kerr however feels that that was not the case. According to Kerr:
“Steph’s a grown-up. He’s an incredible teammate…Steph’s not frustrated. He doesn’t like to lose, he’s a big-time competitor, but he’ll hang in.”
Kerr noted he doesn’t think Curry is frustrated. “Steph’s a grown up. He’s an incredible teammate. He has full awareness of what we’re doing right now and what this season is about…Steph’s not frustrated. He doesn’t like to lose, he’s a big time competitor, but he’ll hang in.”
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 9, 2021
Stephen Curry wants Steve Kerr to let him play for longer
The Warriors have had a lot of games on the line this season, and they haven’t always managed to steal a win in those cases. A big reason for the same could be the reluctance of the coaching staff to let Curry enter the game earlier than he usually does, depending on the situation.
Usually, the coaches sit Curry out to begin the 4th, and he only enters once the 6 or 7-minute mark approaches. A lot of people believe that the outcome of such close encounters can be changed if Curry is put in the game a bit earlier than usual.
Steph Curry says he’s had conversations with the coaching staff about playing more minutes in the fourth quarter. “Of course I want to play.” Adds those conversations will likely keep happening.
— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) February 9, 2021
Steve Kerr does not want to take a chance and risk injury by overworking his best player. However, Kerr should adapt his strategies according to individual games, and change Curry’s playing time according to the scenario on the court.