Ahead of their final play-in game, Steve Kerr reveals how the loss against Los Angeles Lakers will help to prepare the Golden State Warriors to face Memphis.
The newly-added play-in tournament has been welcomed with a lot of mixed emotions. While a few players loved this new addition, many did criticize this idea.
The controversial addition didn’t fail to disappoint us. Despite Steph and his Warriors valiant efforts, they lost to the Lakers in an action-packed 103-100 thriller.
With Golden State losing at Staples Center and Ja Morant’s Memphis Grizzlies beating San Antonio, the two teams will face a final battle for a playoff spot.
Steve Kerr reveals how the loss against the Lakers will be helpful to face Memphis
In a much-needed win for both teams, only one will qualify for the postseason. Even though the Warriors had recently defeated Memphis in the final regular-season game, it will all come down to which side is more hungry for the win.
Steve Kerr, for one, believes that the Lakers and Grizzlies share one common aspect- size. This is why, according to Kerr, the loss against the Lakers will be beneficial entering the crucial matchup. Kerr revealed:
“The one thing that applies is just the size and physicality of both teams, it’s very similar. It’s a similar mindset going into the game, we call it a ‘paint game. You gotta make sure that you’re boxing everybody out and hitting [Jonas] Valančiūnas or [Andre] Drummond or [Anthony] Davis or whoever it is.”
“You can’t give up the easy ones. So the fact that the teams are relatively similar is helpful. It might be a little different if we were playing a Mike D’Antoni team that shoots 60 threes. That’s a radical turnaround. In this case, I think it’s helpful to be facing a team that’s stylistically pretty similar to the Lakers.”
“We know they are going to go to Valančiūnas in the paint. They know we’re going to go to Steph with the high screen. There’s just some nuance that can change, but we all know what’s coming [Friday night.]”
Both the teams will surely produce one epic battle, with the winner clinching the 8th seed to face Utah Jazz in the playoffs.