OAKLAND – Even as he has shattered coaching records, Warriors Steve Kerr has always maintained his success stems from having talented players.
Without any prompting, Kerr then offered up an example. The Warriors did not just secure a 129-83 win over the Phoenix Suns because of their superior talent. The Warriors won partly because they coached themselves.
Kerr’s experiment all started as the Warriors trailed, 13-8, with 6:58 left in the first quarter. During a timeout, Kerr handed his clipboard to Warriors veteran reserve Andre Iguodala. Iguodala then led the huddle and drew up a play, while Kerr and his assistants stood off to the side.
Soon enough, the most compelling drama did not involve Stephen Curry nearly post a triple double with 22 points, nine rebounds or seven assists before sitting in the fourth quarter. Nor did it entail Omri Casspi (19 points), Kevin Durant (17), Klay Thompson (16) and Nick Young (14) complementing the offense. Nor did it involve the Warriors (44-13) holding the Suns (18-40) to a XX percent clip, while missing guard Devin Booker for the fourth consecutive game (hip pointer).
Instead, all of the intrigue centered on who would lead the huddles.
Warriors veteran forward David West took over one huddle and spoke passionately on the bench. Then Warriors forward Draymond Green did the same thing. So did Curry, who nearly drew a delay-of-game warning for taking too long in a timeout.
Eventually, Green took the most predominant role. It seemed fitting since Green was already dressed in a suit since he sat out with a sprained left index finger. Green huddled on one timeout with West and JaVale McGee as his de-facto assistants. Green started calling plays from the sidelines. Green eventually became comfortable enough to approach Kerr and ask him for the clipboard. Green also stood up during the game and applauded his teammates when they made a shot.
This experiment might have lasted for only one game. Kerr said Green will play on Wednesday in Portland. The Warriors will face a much steeper challenge against the Trail Blazers (31-26) over Phoenix, which has the Western Conference’s third-worst record. But at a time the Warriors struggled trying in forgettable February game, the Warriors finally found some purpose.
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