Steve Kerr and Mike Brown. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Steve Kerr and Mike Brown. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Steve Kerr fined $25,000 for cussing out official

OAKLAND — Steve Kerr described the Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Sacramento Kings as his team’s worst of the season.

And that was before the league office announced he’d been fined $25,000 for verbal abuse of an official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner after being ejected.

“I knew I was going to get fined, I deserve it,” Kerr said after practice Monday. “I do feel bad for my words. I don’t mind the explosion. I think we’re all entitled to snap once in awhile, but I used inappropriate words, I deserved to be fined.”

Kerr said he apologized to the referee, Bill Spooner, through NBA executive vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe.

But, Kerr noted that assistant coach Mike Brown doesn’t have to defend the officials from him the next time he snaps.

“I’m not going to start a fight,” Kerr joked. “Mike is like holding me back when I’m not even trying to get at anybody. We’re going to have to work this thing out a little bit better.”

When a coach blows up like that, it’s usually meant to serve dual purposes: One is because he’s genuinely angry — Kerr isn’t a good enough actor to feign that kind of fury — and the other is because the team is playing poorly and a change of pace could improve things.

It just didn’t work against the Kings.

“I think he does a good job picking his spots,” Andre Iguodala said of his coach. “He’s not too over the top, he doesn’t do it very often. So when he does do it, there’s a reason why.”

Curry wins player of the work

Stephen Curry averaged 34.3 points, 9.3 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals over three games, earning himself Western Conference Player of the Week.

Curry hit 22 3-pointers at a 56.4 percent clip. During that span, he surpassed 1,800 makes from beyond the arc while becoming the first-ever NBA player to hit 200 or more 3-pointers in five-straight years. He’s on pace for 338 for this season.

Injury update

Zaza Pachulia (right rotator cuff strain) didn’t practice Monday and he’s considered day-to-day, according to Kerr.

David West (non-displaced fracture, left thumb) participated but is still experiencing pain: “Until the pain goes away, we won’t play him,” Kerr said.

Both are unlikely to play Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls.

Klay Thompson missed practice Monday and is expected to be absent today as he spends time with family after the death of his grandfather.Golden State WarriorsNBASteve Kerr

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