OAKLAND — Amazing what can happen when a team is without its two best players.
Like, for instance, the Golden State Warriors could lose to the Sacramento Kings — 110-106, to be exact.
The reigning champs’ offense looked mediocre with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant watching from the locker room.
After the defense broke down in the final minutes, the offense reverted to a strategy of “Watch Klay Thompson and hope he can do something spectacular.”
He couldn’t. And that opens head coach Steve Kerr up to a world of criticism.
Of course, it’s November and this game will mean approximately nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Especially, if Kerr takes this as a learning opportunity. Jordan Bell received a DNP-CD in the second half after playing an efficient and effective six minutes in the first half (four points, five rebounds and a blocked shot).
Instead, he decided to ride Draymond Green for a season-high number of minutes (just under 39).
“I think we need to find Jordan a few more minutes here and there where we can,” Kerr conceded after the game. “He brings a lot to the table. He needs to learn more, but he’s doing some good things while he’s out there.”
It would be ridiculous to dogpile Kerr at this stage of the season. He’s the best coach in Warriors history and deserves more than the benefit of the doubt.
But, a vocal section of the fanbase hates his rotations. But they’re missing the forest for the trees.
The Warriors can produce up and down the depth chart. That’s a good thing — even if they are beatable when they don’t have their two best players.
But, you can’t blame Kerr for his handling of this roster while praising general manager Bob Myers for loading it with talent.
The formula is simple: Myers puts it all together in the offseason, Kerr figures it out in the regular season.
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