Steve Kerr: Late-season struggles similar to what 'ninety-six Bulls faced

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 5:59 PM

-- The day after his team suffered its first residence loss of the season and first regular-season residence beat in fifty-fourth games, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that chasing records and the subsequent media attention have had an impact on his squad'south recent play.

Steve Kerr: Late-season struggles similar to what 'ninety-six Bulls faced

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The day after his team suffered its first residence loss of the season and first regular-season residence beat in fifty-fourth games, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that chasing records and the subsequent media attention have had an impact on his squad'south recent play.

"I think they wish the [wins] record," Kerr said of his players Saturday after practice. "But I think what they probably realize is maybe all the speak and all the focus on the record has gotten us far from the process of who we are."

After Friday night'south 109-106 loss to the visiting Boston Celtics, Golden State (68-8) needs to go 5-1 the rest of the way to set the NBA single-season label of seventy-three wins.

Although Kerr said he doesn't believe players are consciously weighing the feat, he thinks the pressure and attention their chase of the record has drawn is having an effect. 

"I do think the fixed questions and speak about -- whether it'south residence win streak or record or whatever -- I think all that stuff does get its toll, whether the players know it or not, whether it'south a conscious thing or not, and it probably has taken a tiny bit far from, as I said, our process or our work."

When asked if he experienced something similar when his Chicago Bulls team set the record with seventy-two wins in one thousand nine hundred ninety-sixth, Kerr answered in the affirmative.

"It'south precisely the same," Kerr said. "Honestly, it was precisely the same. Fixed media questioning about the streak."

Kerr posited that the attention had an impact on how that Bulls team finished the season.

"In fact, if you see back at that season, we lost two residence games in the latest week, ten days of the season, both by a basket or one point," Kerr said. "We were, I think, I wish to declare 37-0 or something that season at home, and we lost two of our latest four. When we did crack the record, in Milwaukee, I still recollect it. It was a horrendous basketball game. We won love 85-80 or something. So yeah, it was love the same kind of thing. Fixed scrutiny, tiny slippage in our execution, eking out wins, so it does perceive the same way."

Those Bulls did in fact Relinquish two of their latest four at residence with one-point losses to the Charlotte Hornets and IN Pacers. Kerr'south memory of the record-breaking game in Milwaukee was off by only one point, as the Bulls won 86-80.

For months, Kerr has been less publicly enthused about the wins record than his players, but he indicated that it does matter to him.

"I care," he said. "I think it'd be a grand plume in our cap, caps, whatever."

Still, he re-emphasized a priority on winning a championship and explained how a title would be the greatest achievement.

"I think it'd be chilly [to crack the record], but we all know what our focus is. We wish to win a championship," Kerr said. "The championship goes up on the wall, and records are broken. People crack records. Championships last forever."

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