Steve Kerr says Warriors lack ‘sense of purpose’ amid slow start

Steve Kerr says Warriors lack ‘sense of purpose’ amid slow start

DETROIT — The Golden State Warriors suffered its second straight defeat and third on the road on Sunday night, falling to Detroit Pistons 128-114 to drop to 3-4 on the season.

Just one week into the season, the Warriors have been plagued by the same issues in all of their games: transition defense, lack of ball movement and too many fouls.

The Warriors have been consistent in their message — that it will take some time for them to settle in with a new staff and rotation, especially as players like Klay Thompson regain full fitness. They are not panicking.

However, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he didn’t feel the urgency for his team to address its issues, and therein lies the bigger problem.

“It takes a little time,” Kerr said. “We’ll get there. I’m very confident of that. But our guys have to come together and there’s got to be a sense of purpose. We’ve got to figure out what that means.”

Guard Jordan Poole was one of the lone Warriors to play with sustained speed against the Pistons, finishing the night with 30 points, scoring 15 straight in the third quarter. Stephen Curry led the team with 32 points. They were the only two Golden State players to score in double figures.

“We just have to pick him up,” Poole said. “A few guys have talked in the locker room about our urgency and how we need to come together. So that’s definitely a point of focus.”

Golden State has allowed at least 125 points in four of its first seven games, just the second time in franchise history. The last time was in the 1962-63 season, according to ESPN’s Statistics and Information Survey.

The Warriors have also allowed 854 points so far this season — the most by a defending champion through seven games in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They have the 21st defensive rating in the league.

The Warriors have long followed the philosophy that their signature free-spirited, high-powered offense stems from a stout defense. Right now, forward Draymond Green says the Warriors’ offense — whether it’s balance on the floor or a lack of ball movement — is killing their defense.

“The reality is you can’t fix every problem,” Green said. “For us, it’s pinpointing the things that really hurt us. Some things that hurt us, they’re not going to beat you. So you don’t worry about it so much. But the things that hurt us and actually beat us, we have to pinpoint what that is. Once we can do that, then we can go in and figure it out.”

Green said they are still figuring out the specifics of their ongoing issues. One reason for this is that the Warriors are dealing with a sense of the unknown, as they are in the process of relearning how to play with each other while integrating a new, much younger second unit.

With departures from Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr., arrivals Donte DiVincenzo and JaMychal Greenand increased workload Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James WisemanGolden State has an almost completely different rotation than their championship team.

“When you’re playing with younger guys, it definitely makes it harder to execute on both ends of the floor, but it’s not the young guys’ fault by any means,” Green said. “They have a part to play in it as do we all. We have to understand those things, but it’s not just their fault. Working on them changes things, but we can blame them. Honestly, I don’t think any of us play that great on both sides of the ball .”

Curry added, “The effort was solid, but when it’s not cohesive when we’re not all on the right track, you can make guys try to do the right thing, but it doesn’t lead to any results.”

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